It’s a whole new world for estate planning – from an all-time high estate tax exemption that may soon be cut in half (without further action by Congress), to the prospect of higher taxes, larger inheritances, complicated family dynamics, rising rates of divorce and litigation, and electronic data – the list goes on and on. In this environment of uncertainty, estate planning attorney Marvin Blum provides these 10 questions that clients and their planners can explore to identify clients’ most pressing needs in this rapidly changing estate planning environment.
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How can married, high net worth couples incorporate “tax-wise” strategies into their estate planning documents? Read this article from The Nautilus Group to learn about three basic strategies that can help to eliminate or minimize estate and transfer taxes and the key benefits and disadvantages of each.
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One notable tax benefit of life insurance is that death proceeds are generally received by a beneficiary free of any income taxation. However, this benefit may be lost if a policy is transferred in a manner that the “transfer-for-value” rule is triggered, creating a “trap” for ordinary individuals who may transfer policies for estate or business planning purposes without recognizing that consideration is being provided for that transferred policy.
The information in this article describes why planners, tax advisors, and policyholders should be vigilant to ensure that no consideration exists or that the transfer falls within one of the exceptions to the transfer-for-value rule and can help to both avoid unexpected tax outcomes and ensure that the policy’s death benefit may remain income-tax free. Please note that New York Life Insurance Company and its agents do not provide tax or legal advice.
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Parents caring for those with special needs are often unaware of the substantial tax benefits available to them and could miss out on potential tax deductions and reductions in their tax liability. In this article, Thomas Brinker, Jr., LL.M., CPA, focuses on the medical expense and home equity interest expense deductions pertaining to home-related capital expenditures to help parents of individuals with special needs and their advisors be aware of some of the unusual tax code provisions that may be applicable.
Setting up an irrevocable trust can be a long and arduous process, but even after you’ve drafted and executed the trust and finalized the funding of the trust’s assets, you still may not be done. This article looks at the IRS requirements for reporting asset transfers to various types of trusts and explores situations where it may be beneficial to report transfers even when it’s not required.
Life insurance benefits are typically free of income tax but can be subject to estate tax, which in some cases may be as high as 40%. Transferring ownership of a policy to a trust or third party is a common way to reduce that tax liability, however, the insured must live for 3 years after the transfer in order to benefit from this strategy. In this interview, Winstead PC attorney John Bergner describes ways to accomplish this tax saving strategy without being subject to this 3-year tax rule. Listen to his insights and learn how you can better protect your assets from potential estate tax.
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Attorney Jeff Chadwick from Winstead PC explores how to optimize lifetime gifting strategies in this informative article, which addresses transfer tax planning in light of the current legislative uncertainty. For most people, Chadwick says, it is more appropriate to plan for income tax savings rather than transfer tax savings, which will require creative solutions designed to increase exemptions prior to 2026.
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Learn important and time-sensitive details in the recently enacted CARES Act, including the 2020 rebates and enhanced qualified plan distribution and loan provisions for individual taxpayers.
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If you are planning to use a traditional or Roth IRA to leave money to heirs, you’ll want to read this Eye on Washington article from The Nautilus Group®, which takes a close look at how the SECURE Act signaled the end of ‘stretch IRA’ planning for most non-spousal beneficiaries of qualified defined contribution retirement plans and IRAs.
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When nearing retirement, it’s important to review the various savings vehicles within your portfolio to develop a tax efficient strategy that secures cash flow. Watch CPA Robert Keebler & The Nautilus Group’s Matt Pate, JD, LL.M., discuss why.
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Tax law repeal is likely on the horizon, but the timing and scope are still uncertain. Creating an irrevocable trust to utilize the increased lifetime gift tax exemption amounts may be a wise move, and this article shows you how you can add flexibility to the trust so you can adapt to changes as they are enacted.
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Did you know that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was one of the most significant tax legislation acts signed into law since the Tax Reform Act of 1986? This timeline illustrating the fluctuations in US estate tax laws is a great tool for understanding how – and why – the law has changed over the past 220 years. Is it time to update your estate plan?
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The SECURE Act changed the rules for distributions from most non-spousal inherited IRAs and eliminated the “stretch IRA” that allowed some beneficiaries to spread distributions out over their lifetimes. This article reviews suggested strategies that owners of large IRAs might use under the SECURE Act to maximize the wealth that can be accumulated from their IRAs for their families, including CRTs, multi-generational accumulation trusts, IRC Section 678 trusts, ING trusts, life insurance and Roth IRA conversions.
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Did you know that depending on where you live, you may be subject to state-level estate or inheritance tax? Read this article to learn six surprising facts about state estate taxes, then let’s talk about how this can impact your financial future.
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Many of the common income tax deductions taxpayers were used to taking have been permanently eliminated, suspended, or limited until 2026, due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
These changes, coupled with the increased applicable exclusion amount, have shifted planning strategies from a focus on reducing estate taxes to a focus on reducing income taxes.
Have a look at this article that describes how non-grantor trusts can reduce income tax through enhanced deductions, then let’s explore how this technique can work for you.
Please note, we don’t provide tax or legal advice.
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When considering a charitable bequest, it’s sometimes difficult to make a choice between assets. Which should I leave to the charity and which should I leave to my heirs? In this video, Heather Davis, CVP with The Nautilus Group®, a service of New York Life, explains the tax implications of your choices, and how to make an informed decision that can minimize tax exposure while maximizing your legacy. After you’ve listened to Heather, let’s talk about how we can achieve your charitable goals and your family’s financial strategies.
Much has been written about the CARES Act and its effects on business owners. This article, part 1 of a 2-part overview, looks at the individual tax benefits under the CARES Act, including changes involving tax-advantaged health accounts and charitable deductions, a refundable tax credit, and suspension of required minimum distributions.
There are three types of income buckets – taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free. What’s in your bucket?
Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can offer certain economic advantages, depending on a variety of factors. Read this article to learn more about the issues you’ll want to consider if you’re contemplating converting your own traditional IRA.
How can business owners build wealth for their own retirement while trying to reduce their income taxes? Watch this video.
Consolidating retirement accounts is one way to better manage assets and track progress toward retirement goals. Know what issues to evaluate before you get started, to help avoid costly mistakes.