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Update on Estate Tax Reform

August 1, 2005

There could be big changes in the estate and gift tax law by this fall. The House of Representatives passed a permanent, full repeal of the estate tax. The Senate is not willing to go that far but is likely to pass a bill that repeals the estate tax for all but a small number […]

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End of the AMT?

July 1, 2005

The Alternative Minimum Tax might be nearing its end. Powerful U.S. senators announced their plan to pass a termination of the AMT by the end of 2005. If they are successful, many middle class and upper middle class Americans will breathe easier. But even if the senators are successful, you still must fear getting trapped […]

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How to Maximize Retirement Community Write Offs

June 1, 2005

Two surprises await many new residents of the popular continuing care retirement communities. These surprises are two tax issues that are different from those the residents are used to. Most of these comprehensive retirement communities provide a combination of residential services and medical care. The communities usually include at least independent living, assisted living, and […]

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How to Find the Highest After-Tax Yields

May 1, 2005

The highest-yielding investment might not pay you the highest after-tax income. That is because of the different tax rates created by the 2003 tax law. Investors who seek the highest yield following the old rules might have less cash to spend than they could have. Interest from bonds, certificates of deposit, money market funds, real […]

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Is It Better to Pay Taxes Now?

April 1, 2005

Tax planning was turned on its head by the last couple of tax laws. Several key planning rules need revisions for those who want to maximize after-tax wealth. One of the oldest tax planning rules is that it is better to defer a tax whenever possible. Paying taxes tomorrow is better than paying them today. […]

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Using and Misusing the Marital Deduction

April 1, 2005

The marital deduction is key to most estate plans of married couples. It can wipe out the entire estate tax liability. But misuse of the marital deduction can create a larger long-term tax bill or cause non-tax problems. Let’s look at how to use the marital deduction and avoid misusing it. The estate tax is […]

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How to Beat the Estimated Tax Hassle

March 1, 2005

We’re coming up on the day many retirees dread. It arrives four times each year. What many do not realize is that they easily can avoid this day. During their working years, most retirees had income taxes withheld from paychecks. They did not worry about making quarterly estimated tax payments during the year. The only […]

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Key IRA Decisions for 2005

January 1, 2005

It’s another year, and many IRA owners have to focus on required minimum distributions (RMDs). The right strategy for these and other aspects of an IRA can make the account last longer. RMDs are mandatory after an owner is age 70 1/2. The rules apply to all qualified retirement plans, though we’ll focus on IRAs […]

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