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- If I Have Only a Small Estate, Do I Need More Than a Will to Meet My Estate Planning Needs?
The overall purpose of estate planning involves more than just passing your assets to your heirs at death.
- Don't Gamble With Gift Tax Returns
Beginning in 2011, the IRS started cracking down on taxpayers who did not file gift tax returns after making gifts that required reporting.
- Think You Got Game? Try Being like Santa. How Imitating Santa Can Help You Save Taxes This Year
Paying tax is painful. But reading about it shouldn't be.
- New Jersey Estate & Inheritance Tax: Reducing the Size of the Estate Through Gifting
New Jersey is one of only a few states that impose both an inheritance tax and a state estate tax. The inheritance tax applies when someone who lived in New Jersey, or owned property there, leaves property to someone who isn’t a close relative. The tax rate depends on how closely the inheritors and deceased person were related.
- New Jersey Estate Tax: The Uninvited Guest
New Jersey collects both an inheritance tax and its own estate tax, separate from the federal estate tax.
- Top 5 Things to Consider Adding to an Estate Plan
For most, estate planning is not an enjoyable experience. For many it is a recognition of their own mortality. For others, it is simply an exercise in annoyance and frustration as one tries to navigate the complicated twists and turns of tax laws, healthcare regulations, trust laws, etc. To make things simpler, the following is a list of the top 5 things you should consider adding to your estate plan.
- Trust Fund Baby? Navigating the Inheritance Talk with Your Children
A concern of many parents with a sizeable estate is that their children will inherit the assets before they are emotionally mature to handle it. Further, many parents of sizeable wealth either do not want to give their children a sense of entitlement or simply do not want to discuss their wealth with their children.
- Fiscal Cliff Crisis Avoided? Estate Taxes in 2013
In 2012, with the dreaded “Fiscal Cliff” looming, many were worried about the inaction that would cause the estate tax exemption level to fall to $1 million. However, in the first two days of the new year, Congress finally passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) which makes permanent the $5 million exemption as well as portability.
- Action Required: Portability
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) extended and made permanent (i.e., until Congress changes its mind) a number of key estate tax provisions. This includes a $5 million ($5.25 including inflation) estate tax exemption and portability of a deceased spouse’s exemption to the surviving spouse. The result of this means that married couples can shelter up to $10.5 million of their estate from federal taxes.
- Families Behind Revlon and Hudson Media Fight Bitter Legal Battle Over Enormous Inheritance
Samantha Perelman is a 23-year-old student at Columbia University, working on a masters of business administration and as a summer production assistant on the set of the HBO show “Girls.” Impressive credentials, to be sure, but more impressive is the legal battle in which she finds herself: she is fighting with her uncle for a share in an estimated $700 million inheritance.