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Using a Testamentary Letter to Explain Your Estate Plan

by Robert Lynn January 20, 2016 Beneficiary

Your estate plan likely includes formal documents (a will, perhaps one or more trusts) that direct transfers of your property when you die. But those documents won’t identify each and every item to be transferred. […]

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Inflation Adjustments for Estate and Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amounts

by Jamie Held January 10, 2016 Taxes

In case you missed Internal Revenue Bulletin 2015-44, the 2016 inflation adjustments pertaining to estate planning are as follows: The gift tax annual exclusion remains at $14,000 for gifts made in 2016. The generation-skipping transfer (GST) […]

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The Right Way to Inherit

by Manish Bhatia December 20, 2015 Estate Planning 101

While an inheritance is often considered a gift by the recipient, from a tax perspective, there optimal ways to inherit a retirement account. From the language used to designate the beneficiaries to important IRS-imposed deadlines, […]

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7 Tips for the 706

by Kassandra Heinrich April 21, 2015 Estate Planning 101

As tax season is wrapping up I’ve found myself busy with a few estate tax returns, and wanted to share 7 Tips to keep in mind when completing a United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) […]

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Tax Season Considerations: 1099 and Tangible Property

by Erik Doerr January 22, 2015 Business

The month of January, of course, brings the start of the tax filing season.  As such, there are a couple of items to think about. These two particular items are mainly directed at businesses, however, […]

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Year End Tax Planning Part 4: Minnesota Changes

by ET Kelly & Associates, LLC December 30, 2014 Guest Articles

In addition to changes intended to align Minnesota tax with Federal calculations, the state also made several additional benefits available. If any of these may apply to you, please a tax professional for more in-depth […]

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Year-End Tax Planning Part 3: Health Care Reform

by ET Kelly & Associates, LLC December 24, 2014 Guest Articles

This is the first year that taxpayers are required to carry health insurance. Administration of the various health care payments, penalties and credits flows through the individual tax return. Health Care Reform Tax Penalty For […]

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Year-End Tax Planning Part 2: 2014 Tax Law Changes & Planning Ideas

by ET Kelly & Associates, LLC December 22, 2014 Business

For 2014 and subsequent years, the individual income tax rate schedules reflect a continuation of the rates in place for 2013. The 2014 individual tax rates are as follows: Tax Rate                Income (Single Taxpayer)                 Income […]

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Year-End Tax Planning Part 1: Overview

by ET Kelly & Associates, LLC December 18, 2014 Business

This is the first in a series of posts over the next two weeks to assist Epilawg readers with year-end tax planning. The opportunity to take advantage of income timing exists particularly for taxpayers who […]

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Don’t Delay! To-Do List for the End of the Year

by Jennifer Santini December 2, 2014 Estate Planning 101

It is hard to believe we are at that time of year again when a new year will be upon us in only a matter of days. The countdown is on – only 30 days […]

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Qualified Small Business Deduction

by Jamie Held November 26, 2014 Business

The Qualified Small Business Deduction (“QSBD”) under Minn. Stat. § 291.03, provides an additional deduction for Minnesota estate tax purposes for the value of qualified small business property passing to a qualified heir. The statute […]

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