Planning for year-end gifts with the gift tax annual exclusion

As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, many people may want to make gifts of cash or stock to their loved ones. By properly using the annual exclusion, gifts to family members and loved ones can reduce the size of your taxable estate, within generous limits, without triggering any estate or …
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Estate fraud: Red flags and prevention

As more people are reaching retirement age and living longer, protecting one’s finances against unexpected expenses and the possibility of needing long-term care are important parts of any retirement and estate plan. However, one thing most people may not realize is that in today’s digital world, people should also protect themselves against the possibility that …
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Getting divorced? Own a business? Proceed with caution.

If you’re a business owner and you’re getting a divorce, tax issues can complicate matters. Your business ownership interest is one of your biggest personal assets and in many cases, your marital property will include all or part of it. Tax-free property transfers You can generally divide most assets, including cash and business ownership interests, …
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Not all property tax deductions are limited

There are exceptions to the $10,000 cap Property owners have been turning to online tax forums the past few years with a head-scratching question that usually goes something like this: “Why is my tax preparation software limiting my itemized deductions for property taxes to $10,000 on my federal return?” In fact, the 2017 Tax Cuts …
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Estate planning: Joint ownership pros & cons

Estate planners often tout the virtues of owning property jointly — and with good reason. Joint ownership generally offers several advantages for surviving family members. But this shouldn’t be viewed as a panacea for every estate planning concern. You must also be aware of all the implications. Title Wording Matters Joint ownership requires interests in property …
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Are investment-related expenses deductible? It depends…

Do you have significant investment-related expenses, including the cost of subscriptions to financial services, home office expenses and clerical costs? Under current tax law, these expenses aren’t deductible through 2025 if they’re considered investment expenses for the production of income. But they’re deductible if they’re considered trade or business expenses. For years before 2018, production-of-income …
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Heads up! IRS audits may be on the rise

The IRS just released its audit statistics for the 2020 fiscal year and fewer taxpayers had their returns examined as compared with prior years. But even though a small percentage of returns are being chosen for audit these days, that will be little consolation if yours is one of them. Latest statistics Overall, just 0.5 …
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