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Estate Planning

Trained as a lawyer and CPA, Bob Carlson shares his original estate planning research on the pages of Retirement Watch.

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The Best Way to Structure IRA Gifts

May 1, 2000

An IRA often is one of the largest assets in an estate. Tax laws make it one of the most complicated. That’s why IRA planning is a critical element of many estate plans. If you have a large IRA are considering charitable gifts as part of your estate plan, review carefully the alternatives to find […]

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IRS Approved Tax Benefits

April 1, 2000

Taxpayers can get great income and estate tax benefits from one strategy – without being aggressive. The IRS recently said it would stop fighting a strategy that tax advisors have advocated for years. Even better, as a result of the bull market this tool is ideal for more people. If you’ve been reading Retirement Watch […]

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Finding The Best Tuition Savings Plan

March 1, 2000

Retirement Watch readers were among the first to learn about the great estate planning and investment benefits of qualified tuition savings plans (QTSPs), also known as Section 529 plans. Now, there are so many plans available that you can get even more benefits by finding the best plan for you or using several plans at […]

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Smart Ways to Make Gifts

February 1, 2000

It’s gift giving season, at least it is for those who want to make shrewd income tax and estate planning moves. While most people don’t make annual estate planning gifts at all and those that do make them in December, the first part of the year is the best time to make tax-wise gifts. Making […]

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Trusts You Should Avoid

January 1, 2000

Trusts are hot, and the IRS has declared war on them. It has increased staff and is planning more audits of trusts. But most Retirement Watch readers can relax. Trusts put together by the scam artists are those the IRS is going after. These are trusts that purport to eliminate taxes without changing your use […]

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How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset

January 1, 2000

Would you spend a minute or less deciding the fate of your most valuable asset? Do you want a mutual fund or other financial institution to make the decision? Most people actually spend less than a minute designating the beneficiaries for their IRAs or other qualified retirement plans. And they give little or no thought […]

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How to Beat Little-Known Estate Plan Traps

December 1, 1999

It’s the little things that often sabotage an estate plan. You can work with your estate planner to get the right gifting program, trusts, and other strategies. But a mundane detail or two still could undo a lot of your work. Whether the estate is a few hundred thousand dollars or millions of dollars, it […]

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How to Leave More for Grandkids

December 1, 1999

Would you like your grandchildren to end up with only 20% of what you intended? That’s what happens in most cases. The government doesn’t want you to pass wealth directly to your grandchildren. It wants the money to stay in your estate, get it hit by estate taxes, go to your children, get it hit […]

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