One of your primary estate planning goals may be to pass as much of your wealth to your family as possible. That means sheltering your estate from gift and estate taxes. One way to do so is to make gifts during your lifetime. Current tax law may make that an enticing proposition, given the inflation-adjusted $12.92 million gift and estate tax exemption. However, making lifetime gifts isn’t right for everyone. Depending...

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January 25, 2023

If you have a child or grandchild in college — congratulations! To help pay for the expenses, many parents and grandparents saved for years in tax-favored accounts, such as 529 plans. But there are also a number of tax breaks that you may be able to claim once your child begins attending college or post-secondary school. Tuition tax credits You can take the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) of up...

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January 23, 2023

Family-owned businesses face distinctive challenges when it comes to succession planning. For example, it’s important to address the distinction between ownership succession and management succession. When a nonfamily business is sold to a third party, ownership and management succession typically happen simultaneously. However, in the context of a family business, there may be reasons to separate the two. Retaining control From an estate planning perspective, transferring ownership of assets to the...

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January 13, 2023

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) was a valuable tax credit that helped employers that kept workers on staff during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the credit is no longer available, eligible employers that haven’t yet claimed it might still be able to do so by filing amended payroll returns for tax years 2020 and 2021. However, the IRS is warning employers to beware of third parties that may...

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January 09, 2023

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