Category Archives: Taxes

A new poll reveals that the majority of Americans agree with eliminating the estate tax, which suggests that they want to lower taxes on the wealthy. The same poll also suggests, however, that the majority of Americans want to increase taxes on the rich in a different way. The remaining Republican Presidential candidates have offered […]

The season of giving is right around the corner, making this a very apt time to talk about the legal stipulations of giving gifts. Although we don’t want to scare you away from giving generously, it’s important to realize that some gifts are taxed and that you (the donor) must pay that gift tax. Gift […]

Just a few months ago, in June 2014, the Supreme Court ruled inherited Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are not protected from the beneficiary’s creditors, because there are key differences between an inherited IRA and an IRA that you set up and fund yourself. The verdict of Clark v. Rameker will dramatically affect the way many […]

Tax season is over, but there is no time like the present to begin considering a tax plan for your future. Tax Savings In a Retirement Plan Trust Over the past several years, our firm has done extensive research to discover the best ways to help our clients eliminate or minimize tax savings for beneficiaries […]

As you prepare your estate plan, you might consider leaving a portion of your savings to a beloved charity (or two, or three . . . ). Wherever your heart lies—animal rights, environmental preservation, educational outreach, medical research and services, the reduction of poverty, etc.—you are sure to find a deserving and honorable charity. So […]

In our last post, we talked about the IRD taxes that your beneficiaries will have to pay after they inherit your IRA. These taxes cannot be eliminated, but they can be reduced with the “stretch out” plan we recommended. Please read our previous blog post for more details, but basically, the plan works like this: […]

When your beneficiary inherits your tax-deferred retirement plan (whether it’s a 401(k), IRA, 403(b), or SEP) after you pass away, they are required to pay taxes on all the money they receive. These taxes, which could include Income Taxes, Estate Taxes, and IRD Taxes (Income in Respect of a Decedent Taxes), can cost the beneficiary […]