Estate Planning Tips – Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

Life Insurance is an often overlooked tool used in your estate plan to provide for your loved ones while providing peace of mind to you. While life insurance alone will provide funds for you named beneficiaries, we sometimes go a step further by creating an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) to hold the policy. This … Continued

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Caring for your Parent? Consider these Estate Planning Options.

5 estate planning tips for the sandwich generation The “sandwich generation” accounts for a large segment of the population. These are people who find themselves caring for both their children and their parents at the same time. In some cases, this includes providing parents with financial support. As a result, estate planning — which traditionally … Continued

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How to Reflect Your Charitable Deductions in Your Tax Returns

Follow IRS rules to ensure you receive your charitable tax deductions If reducing your taxable estate is an important estate planning goal, making lifetime charitable donations can help achieve that goal and benefit your favorite organizations. In addition, by making donations during your lifetime, rather than at death, you can claim income tax deductions. But some … Continued

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Using Trusts with Your S Corporation

Only certain trusts can own S corporation stock S corporations must comply with several strict requirements or risk losing their tax-advantaged status. Among other things, they can have no more than 100 shareholders, can have no more than one class of stock and are permitted to have only certain types of shareholders. In an estate … 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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Planning for Step Children

Estate Planning Leawood – Have questions about your step-children? Blended families or those that have adopted children face a unique set of concerns for their estate plans. If your family’s makeup includes adopted or step children, it’s important to understand your estate planning options. Adopted vs. Biological Children In the eyes of the law, adopted … 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 Planning in Overland Park – Think Twice about Joint Ownership

Owning assets jointly with children or other heirs is a common estate planning “shortcut.” There are two potential advantages to joint ownership: convenience and probate avoidance. But, it can also create a number of problems, such as unnecessary taxes. Adding a child’s name to the title may be considered an immediate taxable gift of one-half … Continued

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