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Gift Tax

Estate Planning Myth #7: Gift Taxes?! I don’t make taxable gifts.

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 30, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Many clients are familiar with the gift tax exclusion and understand that their small gifts (even to organizations that are not tax-exempt) will not be subject to gift tax. Where there tends to be confusion […]

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Changes to Minnesota’s Estate & Gift Tax

by Jamie Held March 27, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Late last week Governor Dayton signed into law a $440 million tax cut package aimed to put “more money in the pockets of Minnesota families and businesses.” Included in the package are changes meant to […]

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Governor Dayton’s Estate & Gift Tax Simplification Proposal

by Jamie Held March 11, 2014 Taxes

Last week, Governor Dayton issued proposed tax cuts of $616 Million. The tax cuts are aimed at middle class Minnesotans and businesses. The proposed tax cuts include simplifying the state estate tax and eliminating the […]

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Gift Splitting

by Jennifer Santini February 25, 2014 Estate Planning 101

We talk often about the use of gifting as an estate planning tool but always caution that individuals should consult with an attorney and/or an accountant before doing so to ensure it is done properly. […]

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Minnesota Gift Tax Exclusions

by Jennifer Santini January 16, 2014 Estate Planning 101

I recently mentioned some issues to consider before transferring certain assets, primarily with regards to the MN estate and gift taxes. While we want you to be cautious before making any transfers, we do want […]

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10 Items To Remember Heading Into 2014

by Jennifer Santini December 24, 2013 Estate Planning 101

There are a few items we wanted to remind you about as we wrap up the end of the year and look towards 2014. In no particular order they are: 1. Don’t forget that Minnesota […]

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Giving Thanks

by Jennifer Santini November 28, 2013 Estate Planning 101

On this day of thanks, we wanted to remind you about the various opportunities for giving. Many of our clients have a philanthropic intent but just do not know exactly how to, when to, and […]

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Disclaimer Planning for Non-Tax Purposes

by Emma Maddy November 20, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Jamie Held previously discussed how disclaimer planning can be useful in incorporating flexibility in uncertain tax situations, and Jen Santini discussed how to properly disclaim a bequest under MN and federal law. This post focuses […]

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Think Before You Transfer

by Jennifer Santini October 17, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Clients often talk about transferring property either to other individuals, into a trust, or into a pass-through entity for a wide array of reasons. One of the top reasons is typically to avoid probate. Another […]

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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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