Factoring your Home in your Estate Plan

A joint home purchase can ease estate tax liability If you’re planning on buying a home that you one day wish to pass on to your adult children, a joint purchase can reduce estate tax liability, provided the children have sufficient funds to finance their portion of the purchase. With the gift and estate tax … Continued

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Tax Strategies

Use a Tax Strategy to maximize basis planning even if estate taxes aren’t a threat For many people today, income tax planning offers far greater tax-saving opportunities than gift and estate tax planning. A record-high gift and estate tax exemption — currently $5.49 million ($10.98 million for married couples) — means that fewer people are subject to … Continued

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Deferral of Estate Taxes for Small Business

Estate tax relief for family businesses is available … in the form of a deferral If a substantial portion of your wealth is tied up in a family or closely held business, you may be concerned that your estate will lack sufficient liquid assets to pay federal estate taxes. If that’s the case, your heirs … Continued

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Using Inherited IRA’s

Inherited IRA: Stretching the power of an IRA Most people are aware of the value of IRA’s as a retirement asset. Traditional IRA accounts accumulate interest and income on a tax-deferred basis while Roth IRA’s compound tax-free. Each help to build retirement wealth. For those that may not use their IRA for retirement, it can … Continued

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Electing to Minimize Your Tax Burden

IRS simplifies procedure for obtaining extension to make portability election Last month, the IRS issued a Revenue Procedure that allows certain estates to make a late portability election without first filing a ruling request. Portability is a tax law provision that permits a surviving spouse to take advantage of the deceased spouse’s unused combined gift … Continued

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Estate Plans in Kansas City – Valuing Your Estate

Asset valuations and your estate plan go hand in hand If your estate plan calls for making noncash gifts in trust or outright to beneficiaries, you need to know the values of those gifts and disclose them to the IRS on a gift tax return. For substantial gifts of noncash assets other than marketable securities, … Continued

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Understanding Portability

Computers and phones aren’t the only things that are portable today. The gift and estate tax exemption is also “portable” for married couples. Portability simplifies estate planning by allowing a surviving spouse to use the deceased spouse’s unused portion of the $5.45 million gift and estate tax exemption amount. This article explains how married couples … Continued

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