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Five Summertime Tax Planning Strategies for Individuals

Five Summertime Tax Planning Strategies for Individuals

Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on August 05, 2019

Whether you are looking for ideas to help cut your tax bill for the current year, or you are hoping to minimize future taxes, summertime is a good time to start thinking about your tax planning strategies. Taking into consideration the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), here are our top five summertime tax planning tips. 

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IRS Approves Spousal IRA Rollover Despite Existence of Trust

IRS Approves Spousal IRA Rollover Despite Existence of Trust

Posted by Robert Ingrasci on July 02, 2019

The IRS has privately ruled that a surviving spouse can roll over her deceased spouse's IRA — payable to a trust of which she is sole trustee and beneficiary — into her own IRA. Generally, where an IRA beneficiary is a trust, a surviving spouse is barred from treating a decedent's IRA as her own account.

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Beneficiaries Learn a Lesson About Paying Estate Taxes

Beneficiaries Learn a Lesson About Paying Estate Taxes

Posted by D’Marie Murray on June 27, 2019

Beneficiaries of a South Dakota estate failed to make a payment when submitting a federal estate tax return — and again failed to pay when the IRS subsequently notified them of additional assessments. The IRS sued. In U.S. v. Ringling (2017), a district court reviewed the facts and ultimately granted the IRS's summary judgment motion.

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IRS and Treasury Release Second Set of Opportunity Zone Guidance

IRS and Treasury Release Second Set of Opportunity Zone Guidance

Posted by Cory Van Deusen V on June 14, 2019

On April 17, 2019, the IRS and Treasury issued its much anticipated second set of proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code, Section 1400Z-2, Special rules for capital gains invested in opportunity zones. 

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When to Update Your Estate Plan

When to Update Your Estate Plan

Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on June 11, 2019

Estate planning isn't just for the rich and famous. While it's true that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides generous estate tax relief, even for well-to-do families, the need for estate planning has not been eliminated. There are still numerous reasons to develop a comprehensive estate plan and regularly update it.

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Tax Issues When Winding Up the Estate of a Loved One

Tax Issues When Winding Up the Estate of a Loved One

Posted by Robert Ingrasci on June 10, 2019

When a loved one who was “financially comfortable” passes away, his or her family must deal with the emotional issues that come with the loss — as well as winding up the decedent's financial affairs.

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Wealth Planning Opportunity | Spousal Limited Access Trust

Wealth Planning Opportunity | Spousal Limited Access Trust

Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on May 09, 2019

Tax reform legislation doubled the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemption to $11.18MM (as indexed for inflation) per person. This created a seven-year window for increased wealth transfer planning.

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Estate’s Interest in Split-Dollar Insurance Pact Valued at Cash Value

Estate’s Interest in Split-Dollar Insurance Pact Valued at Cash Value

Posted by William Allen on September 25, 2018

One complex estate tax case involved three separate rulings by the U.S. Tax Court. The case involved three split-dollar insurance agreements within one family. The court determined that the case revolved around a question of value and that the proper valuation of the estate's interest was the cash surrender value of the policies at the date of death.

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A Crucial Estate Planning Step to Take Immediately

A Crucial Estate Planning Step to Take Immediately

Posted by Megan Morris on September 21, 2018

Many people ignore estate planning because the federal rules keep changing and they don't think they have enough assets to be concerned about it, but there's one critical estate planning step you should take right now.

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IRS Clarification: Home Equity Loan Interest May Still Be Deductible

IRS Clarification: Home Equity Loan Interest May Still Be Deductible

Posted by Brian Kern on March 29, 2018

The IRS recently announced that in many cases, taxpayers can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans, issued because there were questions and concerns related to tax reform. 

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