Category: Taxes

Why It Makes Sense to Consider Your 2017 Taxes Now

Tax planning should always work in conjunction with your estate planning, and the end of the year is a great time to look ahead to the future with your taxes. It's easy to feel as though we're just at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but it's actually an excellent opportunity to look ahead to[...]

Thinking About Becoming a Snowbird? Do Your Research First

A new study from Maryland shows that the majority of people who achieve age 61 are free to choose where they want to live. This is not that surprising for many retirees, who want to consider moving at least on a part time basis to a more ideal locale. In fact, up to one third[...]

How to Use Partnership Income Tax Rules for The Purposes of Estate Planning

There are many different strategies that exist for passing wealth from one generation to another without having to encounter the estate tax. Many of these, however, may still be subjected to the generation skipping tax and other congressional measures. A novel strategy that may help you accomplish the goal of avoiding these consequences while passing[...]

January 1st Marks Beginning of Phase Out for New Jersey Estate Tax

The New Jersey estate tax was a hot topic this last year with New Jersey legislators primarily because of increased concerns about individuals approaching retirement and beyond who were leaving the state in order to avoid having a significant chunk of their estate paid out in taxes when they pass away. Many of these individuals[...]

Why the Holidays are the Perfect Time to Update an Estate Plan

We all know the holidays are the right time for sleigh riding, bell ringing, and tree trimming… but what about estate planning? https://gty.im/88749768 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently suggested something I like to remind my clients of as well: the holidays truly are the perfect time to update an estate plan. Why? Two reasons, really: togetherness[...]

The gift that keeps on giving: paying your grandchildren’s college tuition

Paying your grandchildren’s (or adult children’s) college tuition is one of the greatest gifts you can make. The education lasts a lifetime and opens a world of opportunity for your grandchildren. In a way, it is like giving a gift to your children as well, since it alleviates their concerns about paying for their children’s[...]

Dying in New Jersey

Despite the fact that the federal government has rolled out a generous federal estate tax law, certain states still levy estate taxes on amounts much lower than the federal threshold. As a recent article explains, New Jersey is one of those states. (In the article states with an "estate tax" are one color, and those[...]