When you say, “I want to leave a legacy,” what do you mean? Is legacy about money, possessions, memories, spirituality, meaning, love, circles unbroken, the lives of loved ones and fellow humans who are better off because you were here ... what?
Boosting the tax on inherited wealth is a perennial goal of some politicians. And while the White House’s latest plan to boost the levy on estates faces a dim future in a GOP-controlled Congress, the concept will continue to pop up. There’s a lot wrong with this idea.
It’s a new tax year, and many deductions, exemptions and other Internal Revenue Service provisions have changed. Be aware of them. Some will cost you more, some will help you.
Entering 2015, we begin the paper chase leading up to filing tax forms for 2014. As we account for last year, start planning now for 2015. Time flies. This century already is 14% gone.
Families inherit money and sometimes make the right moves investing and spending. Inheritances can also ignite disruption, divorce and a host of bad behavior far from the hopes and plans of the benefactor. What happens when you leave what’s probably one of your biggest investments: your individual retirement plan?
Nothing ignites family arguments like inheritance. If you plan to leave money to more than a few beneficiaries, for the sake of peace and your own emotional legacy, know how to divide the proceeds fairly.
Inheriting appreciated assets from your deceased spouse can bring a host of financial complications at the time of life when you already have too much on your mind. Here’s the math to know how to be prepared – and maybe save on taxes.
The murkiest part of estate planning is to discuss when and how to distribute your assets to your heirs. This process requires a series of considerations and trade-offs to avoid emotion-laden family problems.
Up to now in our series of articles we focused on numbers, which are objective and straightforward. But when it comes to this final set of issues, things get gray because emotional factors drive decisions now. There is no correct answer on how to distribute your estate.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) lets you leave millions to heirs tax-free. Our first two articles examined ATRA and various trusts. Here are some of the remaining tools you can use to bequeath assets and avoid a big estate tax bite.
You still need powers of attorney. Essential tools for managing disability, these are inexpensive and simple to set up.