If you’re currently taking care of your children and elderly parents, count yourself among those in the “Sandwich Generation.” Although it may be personally gratifying to help your parents, it can be a financial burden and affect your own estate plan. Here are some critical steps to take to better manage the situation.
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When Congress was debating tax law reform last year, there was talk of repealing the federal estate and gift taxes. As it turned out, rumors of their demise were highly exaggerated. Both still exist and every taxpayer with a high degree of wealth shouldn’t let either take their heirs by surprise. (more…)
It’s not uncommon for parents, grandparents and others to make financial gifts to minors and young adults.
Perhaps you want to transfer some appreciated stock to a child or grandchild to start them on their journey toward successful wealth management. (more…)
Well-crafted, up-to-date estate planning documents are an imperative for everyone. They also can help ease the burdens on your family during a difficult time. (more…)
Once a relatively obscure concept, income in respect of a decedent (IRD) can create a surprisingly high tax bill for those who inherit certain types of property, such as IRAs or other retirement plans. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize or even eliminate the IRD tax bite. (more…)
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 created a tax-advantaged savings account for people who have a qualifying disability (or are blind) before age 26. Modeled after the well-known Section 529 college savings plan, ABLE accounts offer many benefits. But it’s important to understand their limitations. (more…)
If you’re planning to make significant charitable donations in the coming year, consider a donor-advised fund (DAF). These accounts allow you to take a charitable income tax deduction immediately, while deferring decisions about how much to give — and to whom — until the time is right. (more…)
Accounting Professional software
According to New Jersey CPA officers at Vernoia, Enterline + Brewer, LLC, accountants pay up to $35,000 for their accounting software, which is far more sophisticated than consumer-based products such as TurboTax. An accountant’s more advanced software has the ability to quickly scan your information and organize line items and forms correctly. While the software automates data entry and organization to minimize the potential for human error on your return, what is most important is the education and experience of your Certified Public Accountants and the tax planning they might offer. (more…)