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Estate Planning Myth #2: Death Taxes Only Affect the Super Wealthy

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 8, 2014 Estate Planning 101

One wonderful thing about the first session of the 113th Congress was its efforts to enact a taxing scheme allowing an exemption from estate taxes for those with less than $5 million (indexed to inflation), […]

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In the News – IRS Extension for Filing

by Jamie Held January 30, 2014 In the News

Some estates may now be able to obtain an automatic extension of time to make the election to claim the estate tax portability exclusion. The IRS announced a procedure under which estates of decedents dying before January […]

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IRS Adopts “State of Celebration” Rule

by Jamie Held September 26, 2013 In the News

According to the IRS, same-sex couples who were legally married in a jurisdiction recognizing their marriage will be treated as a married couple for federal tax purposes, regardless of where they currently reside.  Revenue Ruling […]

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Appraisals

by Jayne Sykora September 16, 2013 Probate

Oftentimes, some property in a decedent’s estate will be unique and difficult to value, like: a business, artwork, jewelry, collectibles, or real estate. Oftentimes the value will be needed to help complete an inventory in […]

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New View of Pass-Through Entities in Relation to MN Estate & Gift Taxes

by Jennifer Santini July 1, 2013 Estate Planning 101

We have posted a few updates on the 2013 MN Omnibus Tax Bill (the “Bill”) and the changes the Bill brings to MN’s estate and gift taxes (see Erik Doerr’s post, 2013 MN Omnibus Tax […]

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Will my heirs get everything?

by Mathew Coyle June 11, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Aside from taxes, the topic that can typically cause the most confusion is the issue of which assets will pass to your loved ones tax free – and which are subject to estate taxation. Knowing […]

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2013 MN Omnibus Tax Bill

by Erik Doerr May 28, 2013 Estate Planning 101

I wanted to write and let you know the latest on the bill that has made it through both the house and the senate in Minnesota and was signed into law by Governor Dayton on […]

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Much Ado About Nothing?

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen February 4, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Last week, I was lucky enough to see the cliff up close. Not the fiscal cliff that kept us all riveted (or not) for the month of December, but a beautiful snow covered cliff. And […]

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Do I Still Need An Estate Plan?

by Jennifer Santini January 23, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Some people continue to ask why they need an estate plan, especially since Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which made the $5 million federal estate tax exemption permanent. The question is often, “If […]

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Permanent Estate Tax Relief

by Jamie Held January 3, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Congress passed The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on January 1, 2013.  Among its many provisions are the following pertaining to estate taxes:

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Minnesota Estate Tax Changes May Be on the Horizon

by Jamie Held December 26, 2012 Estate Planning 101

The Minnesota Department of Revenue (“DOR”) is preparing a report that analyzes Minnesota’s current estate tax laws. The report will provide the Legislature with options to consider for changes to or elimination of the estate […]

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