I. Introduction and Summary. Most people today have a significant amount of their retirement savings in Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”) or one of many other types of tax deferred accounts generically known as “qualified plan” accounts (“QPs”), such as 401(k) accounts. Except for Roth IRAs or Roth 401(k) accounts which are funded with after-tax income, [...]
Planning For Married Couples After the 2012 Tax Act: Should You Transfer Assets to Your Spouse Outright or in Trust?
In this installment of the Passionate Estate Planner, we consider one of the fundamental estate planning questions that married couples need to answer: Whether assets should pass to the surviving spouse outright, or in trust? While this has always been an important question, the enactment of the 2012 Tax Act in January 2013 may have [...]
For this month’s newsletter, we will go back to the basics to ensure that our readers can answer the basic question: What is a Trust? As estate planners, we use Trusts for many different purposes; in fact it is something we often think of as the “Swiss Army Knife” of estate planning. Because it is [...]
As you should now know, The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) became law December 17, 2010, and made a number of changes to the federal wealth transfer tax laws. The federal wealth transfer taxes are the estate tax, the gift tax, and the generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) [...]
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the “2010 Tax Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. Among the 2010 Tax Act’s many provisions were a number of items relating to the federal wealth transfer taxes, which are the estate tax, the gift tax, and the [...]
As noted in the News Alert we sent out on December 20, 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (“2010 Tax Act”) is now the law of the land, after having been signed by President Barack Obama on Friday, December 17, 2010. What does the 2010 Tax Act mean [...]
What do you get when you mix low business, real estate, and other asset values with historically low interest rates and a historically low gift tax rate? Incredible tax planning opportunities! The economic turmoil which surrounds us today has caused many people to freeze, afraid to make changes to their assets. However, this same economic [...]