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A key to successful Estate Planning these days is flexibility. Scheduled changes in the federal estate tax, and the possibility of additional changes, make flexibility essential. In past visits we have discussed language that can be included in wills to increase flexibility. Another tool to make available to your heirs is the disclaimer. Normally, disclaimers […]
There is a little-known retirement plan that can boost the retirement savings and tax benefits of small business owners. For the right person, the plan can boost retirement and tax benefits well beyond those of traditional plans. Unfortunately, some advisors are abusing the law and putting their clients’ retirements at risk. The retirement plan is […]
Should you start deferring money into a Roth 401(k) account instead of a traditional 401(k) plan? Many of you still do not have access to the Roth 401(k) plans that first became available this year. But a number of you do, and many more will next year as employers add them to their plans. The […]
Your heirs will enjoy only the after-tax value of your IRAs and other retirement accounts. Can this difference be reflected in the estate tax value of the accounts? An IRA is included in the owner’s estate. If the estate is valuable enough, it is subject to the estate tax. After heirs inherit an IRA, the […]
Large charitable gifts require extra detail on your tax return. When a contribution of property is between $500 and $5,000, details must be provided about the gifts on Section A of Form 8283. When the value exceeds $5,000, a qualified appraisal must be included. Complete details about the reporting requirements are in IRS Publication 561 […]
Americans wrapped up a big year of charitable giving in 2005. Hurricanes, tsunamis, and other events created needs around the globe, and Americans responded with generosity. Charitable giving is most effective when it is planned. That is why many charities have an official or office with the title Planned Giving. Get the maximum benefit from […]
With today’s tricky tax law, the account in which you hold an asset can be as important as which assets you own. Unfortunately, too little attention is paid to the issue of which accounts should hold which investments. Most of us have more than one type of investment account: 401(k)s, traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, taxable […]
Moving is becoming harder than ever. I’m not referring to the significant expense and work needed to transport your goods from one home to another. That hassle and cost could be a drop in the bucket. The real problem is convincing the different states involved that you really have moved. Because of aggressive and contradictory […]