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How to leave an inheritance to your children
Baby boomers have an estimated $30 billion to leave to their kids over the next 30 years or so. But there are right and wrong ways on how to do it
How to stretch an IRA
If you don’t need the money in your IRA in your lifetime, you can “stretch” it by passing it on to your heirs.
Costs of Caring for an Aging Relative
Many boomers are now faced with caring for aging parents, and are doing it themselves because of the high costs of in-home care. But if you choose to do provide such care to your parents, you may be putting both your finances and your health at risk.
Same-Sex Married Couples Recognized On Federal Tax Returns
Same-sex married couples may now check the “married” box on their federal tax returns even if their own states do not recognize their unions. Some of those couples will find themselves paying less than before, while others will pay more, according to an article in the New York Times. The IRS has set down rules that will either save or cost such couples money. It all depends on how much they earn, whether both parties are working and whether, together, they earn too much to claim the same types of tax-saving deductions they claimed while they were filing as singles. Many of these deductions end as incomes rise.
Alzheimer’s Burden to Triple
More than 35 million people worldwide are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and that number is expected to triple by 2050.
How to double your estate tax exemption
Portability means the ability to transfer the federal estate tax exemption from the estate of the first spouse to die to the estate of the second spouse to die. This provision was going to expire this year but did not, so it is still in fact and there is no talk of changing that. The maximum estate tax exemption for those dying in 2013 is $5.25 million per person. That will continue in 2014, although the amount is indexed for inflation.
Should you get a Prenup? You probably already have one you may not like
The last thing most couples want to do in the midst of wedding planning is to bring up the sore subject of money -- and whether they should have a prenuptial agreement, often called a prenup. But if the marriage does end in divorce, you may wish you had that conversation. And the way to get it started is to point out that if you don’t draw one up, you will get one anyway -- one that California has in place for you and everyone else.
What should boomer bosses do with their businesses?
In the next decade, millions of baby boomers who own their own businesses will have to decide what to do with them as they retire. If they have no heirs to take the businesses over, they will probably sell them if they can to large corporations. But that could put many of their faithful employees out of work.
Gay couples in New York get estate tax refund
The state of New York now says it will give same-sex couples a refund for estate taxes paid before gay marriage was recognized under federal law.
Celebrities who messed up their wills
It is important to get your will right. Even top celebrities, who have access to the best legal advice, mess them up all the time. Actor James Gandolfini is the latest who apparently didn’t do the best job.
Be careful about the charities you help
Americans are generous people. Every year we give billions to thousands of charities that purport to do good work. But there are lots of bad charities out there. You have to investigate before you give.
Bipartisan group backs bill to fully repeal estate tax
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would fully repeal the estate tax. The bill would permanently repeal the estate tax and lower the gift tax to 35 percent with a $5 million exemption.
Remember to change beneficiary designees
The Supreme Court recently ruled that the ex-wife and not the widow of a deceased man was entitled to his life insurance payout.
New technology poses new breed of estate planning questions
When drawing up your estate plan, there are many things to consider. Do you need a will? Should you use an attorney? Do you even need an estate plan? Should you set up trusts for your children? What happens if you become incapacitated? But these are not questions that are new. Technology, however, is adding to the list of questions you need to consider.
Woman may lose home over unpaid $6.30 tax bill
A Pennsylvania woman has won a chance to argue in court that she should not lose her $280,000 home over an unpaid $6.30 in interest charges on her tax bill. A higher court said a lower court should have given Eileen Battisti a chance to argue her case in court before the home was sold at auction.
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