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The rapid real estate appreciation of recent years endowed many families with substantial real estate wealth but not enough cash. Real estate appreciation does not produce cash. But it does result in higher property taxes, and there are maintenance expenses to pay. Some families also are disappointed with having paper wealth that cannot be spent […]
In early October, Congress voted to extend for another year the higher exemption amounts for the AMT that were enacted in the 2003 tax law. The exemptions were to expire at the end of 2004. Yet, many of you still are likely to be snared by the AMT. You need to carefully review your finances […]
You work hard to manage your IRAs and set them up just right. One reason is so your heirs will get the maximum benefit from the IRAs. Unfortunately, heirs rarely know what the owner had in mind or what the IRS requires when IRAs are inherited. As a result, the IRS gets thousands of extra […]
Money can be moved from a retirement plan to an IRA or from one IRA to another. The trick is that the transfer must be completed within 60 days. If the transfer isn’t completed, or the money isn’t returned to the original account, within 60 days the account owner must include the entire amount in […]
Last year a number of estate planners worried that the IRS and the Tax Court nailed shut the door on family limited partnerships. A recent federal appeals court decision recently made clear the door still is open, and it set some guidelines for the successful use of FLPs. Family limited partnerships have been premier estate […]
When you no longer plan to use a house, is it better to sell or rent that residence or second home? The question faces many retirees, and even many pre-retirees. Of course, not everyone has this choice. They need to sell the former residence or second home in order to buy the new house and […]
This is the transition year. For many Americans it will be a transition to higher income taxes. Beginning in 2004, millions more Americans will get snared in the alternative minimum tax (AMT). They will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars more in taxes than they imagined possible. They will lose the benefit of tax […]
This year and next could be the time to make a radical change in year-end tax planning. This year, recognizing extra income and capital gains might be the winning long-term strategy. The traditional year-end tax advice is, whenever possible, to defer income until next year or later. Another leg of the strategy is to accelerate […]