Category Archives: Tax Planning
What Qualifies as a Qualified Charitable Distribution?
Qualified charitable distributions allow individual retirement holders to divert some of their federally taxable required distributions to charity, reports a recent article “A tax break for retirees is back. Here’s how to use it–and what to avoid,” from The Washington Post. Known as QCDs, they were not a big deal until 2017, when a… Read More »
What Paperwork Is Needed after Someone Dies?
Tax return issues, family matters, business associates, partners, trustees, bankers, investment advisors and tax collectors from the IRS to state and local taxing authorities all require attention after someone has died. There is a lot of work, and often a grieving family member finds it helpful to enlist the aid of a professional to… Read More »
Roth IRA has a 5-Year Rule
Roth IRAs are popular for their flexibility and the simplicity of putting after-tax dollars in and not paying taxes on withdrawals during retirement. However, making the most of a Roth IRA requires paying attention to the details, according to a recent article “What is the Roth IRA 5-Year Rule?” from U.S. News & World… Read More »
The Stretch IRA Is Diminished but Not Completely Gone
Before the SECURE Act, named beneficiaries who inherited an IRA were able to take distributions over the course of their lifetimes. This allowed the IRA to grow over many years, sometimes decades. This option came to an end in 2019 for most heirs, but not for all, says the recent article “Who is Still… Read More »
What Is Family Business Succession Planning?
The importance of the family business in the U.S. can’t be overstated. Neither can the problems that occur as a direct result of a failure to plan for succession. Business succession planning is the development of a plan for determining when an owner will retire, what position in the company they will hold when… Read More »
Trusts can Work for ‘Regular’ People
A trust fund is an estate planning tool that can be used by anyone who wishes to pass their property to individuals, family members or nonprofits. They are used by wealthy people because they solve a number of wealth transfer problems and are equally applicable to people who aren’t mega-rich, explains this recent article… Read More »
What Happens If Trust Not Funded
Revocable trusts can be an effective way to avoid probate and provide for asset management, in case you become incapacitated. These revocable trusts — also known as “living” trusts — are very flexible and can achieve many other goals. Point Verda Recorder’s recent article entitled “Don’t forget to fund your revocable trust” explains that… Read More »
How Does a Charitable Trust Work?
A charitable trust can provide an alternative to meeting your wishes for charities and your loved ones, while serving to minimize tax liabilities. There are pros and cons to consider, according to a recent article titled “Here’s how to create a charitable trust as part of an estate plan” from CNBC. Many families are… Read More »
Should a Husband and Wife have Separate Trusts?
The decision about separate or joint trusts is not as straightforward as you might think. Sometimes, there is an obvious need to keep things separate, according to the recent article “Joint Trusts or Separate Trusts: Advice for Married Couples” from Kiplinger. However, it is not always the case. A revocable living trust is a… Read More »
Households with Higher-Incomes and Biden Tax Reform
As Americans look ahead to a Biden Harris Administration, noting the President-elect’s tax plan is crucial for higher-income households to understand and likely make adjustments to their financial and legacy planning. Generally speaking, the sweeping changes to the tax code will aim to levy higher taxes on corporations and high-income households. It will also… Read More »