Estate Planning

Highly Appreciated Assets: Should You Keep it, Sell it, or Die with it?

By |2019-01-16T09:51:09-05:00January 9th, 2019|Accounting, Agriculture, Estate Planning, Executor, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform, Value|

Keep it, sell it, or die with it may seem like strange choices, but with highly appreciated assets, those may be the very choices that need to be considered.  Examples of highly appreciated assets include real estate and stock investments which have gone up significantly in value.   Let’s look at an example.  To Sell Or [...]

5 Reasons to Utilize a Trust in Your Estate

By |2018-12-14T14:24:43-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Change, Deductions, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, Preparation, Trust|

Estate Planning can be a tough discussion, but having a trust and will in place when the time comes can help answer the important questions for your loved ones. Your estate plan will outline your wishes for the transfer of your assets when you die.  The written legal document detailing your wishes is usually a [...]

Estate Planning vs. Succession Planning – What’s the Difference and Why Are They Important?

By |2019-04-10T13:31:51-05:00April 3rd, 2018|Estate Planning, Litigation Support, Succession Planning|

Strong succession plans are vital to the sustainability of the business and should include family meetings to discuss plans to join the business and the vision for the business . For even the most successful closely held business owners, succession planning can be even more difficult than other critical business decisions they have faced. One [...]

Estate Tax Closing Letter Requirements

By |2018-04-17T10:30:43-05:00March 20th, 2018|Estate Planning, IRS, Preparation|

Prior to June of 2015 the IRS issued an estate tax closing letter for every estate tax return filed. This letter included the amount of net estate tax, the state death tax credit, and any generation skipping tax liability. On June 1, 2015 the IRS began to issue estate tax closing letters only to those [...]

Medicaid Planning for Long-Term Care

By |2018-02-09T11:02:20-05:00February 9th, 2018|Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, Medicare, Preparation|

Imagine you worked your entire life to pay off your mortgage and build a retirement fund and then your health failed to the extent that you needed to relocate to a nursing home. Due to lack of other programs and the costs, Medicaid has become the Long-Term Care planning tool for the middle class. Medicare [...]

3 Common Triggers for a Business Valuation

By |2019-04-10T13:37:51-05:00February 9th, 2018|Business Valuation, Estate Planning, Gifts, Mergers, Sell, Shareholder|

Remember when you wanted to know the value of that sports trading card or a rare stuffed animal? In the 1990’s, if your friend or colleague told you the Michael Jordan autographed rookie card was worth $2, would you believe them? The reasonable answer is “No,” right? To determine a reliable estimate of value for [...]

Reasons to Have a Will

By |2017-07-10T09:35:16-05:00May 18th, 2017|Change, Estate Planning, Executor, Gifts, Long-Term Care, Trust|

Vicki Beckey, CPA, CFF, CSEP and head of TD&T’s estate department, provides some thoughts on understanding estate and gift tax issues Most people have probably heard advice from someone that they should have a will.  When pressed for reasons why, those giving the advice may have trouble coming up with something more than, “for tax [...]

Estate Basis Reporting – Getting it Wrong Can Increase Your Taxes

By |2017-04-24T09:26:53-05:00March 1st, 2017|Advisory, Estate Planning, Executor, Gifts, Tax, Tax Services|

Vicki Beckey, CPA, CFF, CSEP and head of TD&T’s estate department, provides some thoughts on understanding estate and gift taxes. The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 requires consistent basis reporting between a decedent’s estate and the beneficiary who inherits property from a decedent. The IRS defines basis as [...]

IRS Proposed Regulations to Limit Use of Discounts

By |2017-04-24T09:25:19-05:00December 1st, 2016|Advisory, Estate Planning, Gifts, IRS|

Vicki Beckey, CPA, CFF, CSEP and head of TD&T’s estate department, provides some thoughts on understanding estate and gift taxes. The Internal Revenue Service is proposing regulations to limit the use of discounts when valuing gifts.  Currently there is a unified credit from federal estate tax that allows a lifetime or death-time transfer of $5,450,000 [...]