Estate Planning

Changes In Store for Estate & Gift Tax Planning

By Anne Zavaglia, CFP® & Clint Edgington, CFA There are several bills that have been introduced in the Senate that would have a serious impact on the estate tax and assets that are passed to heirs.  These potential changes may become a reality if the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, which were recently …

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Is It Time to Review Your IRA Estate Planning Strategies?

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which was passed in December 2019 as part of a larger federal spending package, included a provision that warrants special attention from those who own high-value IRAs. Specifically, the “stretch” IRA provision — which permitted nonspouse beneficiaries who inherited IRAs to spread distributions over their …

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SECURE Act Can Have Big Impact on your Estate Plan & Trusts

Authored by Logan Philipps, Esq. and Anne Zavaglia, CFP® When President Trump signed the SECURE Act at the end of 2019, it could easily have escaped your notice during the holiday season. While time will tell if this law aimed to encourage greater retirement savings achieves its aims, there’s no question it has a direct …

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Estate Planning: Consider the Tax Basis of Gifted or Inherited Property

Tax basis can be important when deciding whether to make gifts now or transfer property at your death. This is because the tax basis of the person receiving the property depends on whether the transfer is by gift or at death. This, in turn, affects the amount of taxable gain subject to income tax when …

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Gray Divorce: Dividing Assets Can Impact Retirement

Although most people who marry hope their unions will last forever, about 50% of first marriages in the United States end in divorce.1 Individuals age 50 and older are still less likely to get divorced than those who are younger. Even so, the divorce rate for Americans under age 40 has declined since 1990, while …

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