Tax Planning

2020 Tax Updates

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2020 Tax Update

The IRS has recently announced many 2020 Tax Updates. The inflation adjustment announcement can be found in Revenue Procedure 2019-44. This includes increases to the federal estate and gift tax exemption limits and increases to the contribution limits to retirement plans. The 2020 Tax Update also increases the income threshold for a small business to […]

Estate Planning

Nice Article on the Basics of ILITs

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The Basics of ILITs

A colleague of mine, David Saltzman, has written a nice article on the Basics of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts.  As he points out, setting up a life insurance trust is a great way to minimize your estate tax liability and it can be especially important in New Jersey. Dave is a great resource and knows […]

Estate Tax

NJ Estate Tax (Case Study $2M)

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NJ Estate Tax (Case Study $2M)

In New Jersey, tax planning and estate planning can be very important.  I’d like to show you a good representation of what a plan can do for a married couple with $2,000,000 in assets.  Let’s assume that the couple has $800,000 of life insurance, a house worth $400,000, retirement accounts of $200,000, brokerage assets of $350,000, and […]

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Deathbed Transfers in New Jersey

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Deathbed Transfers in New Jersey

Often times, a person who is on his or her deathbed will make gifts to family members in an effort to reduce the potential taxes owed. For transfers to anyone other than a charity, making gifts in a way that minimizes taxes is actually a very complex process. In deciding whether to make a gift, […]

Federal Estate Tax

Federal Estate Tax Reform 2011

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Federal Estate Tax Reform 2011

As you may be aware, President Obama recently signed the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010”. In addition to keeping most of the income tax rates at their 2010 levels, this Act includes a major change to the federal estate tax.   Summary of the New Tax Law Starting in […]