New Tax Law Could Penalize Victims of Sexual Harassment

Republicans are considering a fix to the so-called Harvey Weinstein provision in their new tax law that they acknowledge could inadvertently penalize victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Section 162(q) of the Tax Code provides: “PAYMENTS RELATED TO SEXUAL...

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What Tax Records To Keep And For How Long

Filing your taxes isn't just a once-a-year endeavor. Maintaining good records throughout the year - and disposing of old ones when appropriate - not only provides you with greater confidence when you prepare your tax return, but it also...

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The Taxable Estate vs. The Probate Estate?

What Is The Difference Between The Taxable Estate vs. The Probate Estate? The taxable estate is an estate tax concept. It includes the decedent’s interest in every type of property owned at death, plus property over which the decedent had...

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What Is The Gift Tax?

The gift tax is also a component of the federal transfer tax system and is a tax imposed on transfers (i.e., gifts) of property during life, either given outright or to a trust. Like the estate tax, the gift...

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Ten Year-End Tax-Planning Tips for Individuals

Ten Year-End Tax-Planning Tips for Individuals   Accelerate Deductions and Defer Income - It sometimes makes sense to accelerate deductions and defer income. There are plenty of income items and expenses you may be able to control. Consider deferring bonuses,...

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What Is The Estate Tax?

The estate tax is one component of the federal transfer tax system, which also includes the gift tax and the generation-skipping transfer tax. The estate tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of property at death. It is...

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Do All Of A Decedent’s Assets Go Through Probate, Or Are There Non-Probate Assets?

Probate assets consist only of assets owned by the decedent at death that do not pass automatically (i.e., by operation of law) to the intended beneficiaries. A person’s will deals only with probate assets – it does not control...

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What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies of proving the validity of a will or establishing who is entitled to receive the decedent’s property under state intestate succession laws if there is no will. The...

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The Benefits of Working with a PFS (Personal Financial Specialist)

A Personal Financial Specialist, or PFS, is an individual who is highly qualified to offer advice on a variety of financial issues and has earned the PFS credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He or she...

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Tax Changes You Need to Know About in 2015

Each year there are changes to the tax code that affect your tax return, and 2015 is no different. Here are the changes to be aware of for the coming year: Healthcare Everyone has been talking about it, but it still...

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