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Do You Have Foreign Assets?

Proper planning is necessary to avoid unintended outcomes. You may live by the motto, “outta sight, outta mind,” but don’t apply that line of thinking when it comes to your assets. This is particularly true when accounting for foreign assets in your estate plan. Double taxation risk If you’re a U.S. citizen, you’re subject to…

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Complete Your Estate Plan by Adding a Power of Attorney

As you create your estate plan, your main objectives likely revolve around your family, both current and future generations. Your goals may include reducing estate tax liability so that you can pass as much wealth as possible to your loved ones. But it’s also critical to think about yourself. What if you become incapacitated and…

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A Second Marriage Requires an Estate Plan Review

A Second Marriage Requires an Estate Plan Review

Many people view a second marriage as a fresh start and a new chance at happiness. If you’re planning to take another walk down the aisle, it’s critical to take the time to review and, if necessary, revise your estate plan. Will your current estate plan become outdated? Most likely the answer is yes if…

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Easing the pain of the NIIT on your estate plan

Easing the Pain of the NIIT on your Estate Plan

The 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) can negatively affect your estate plan. This is especially true if your assets include an investment portfolio, because the NIIT can increase the tax on your capital gains, taxable interest and other investment income, thus reducing the amount of wealth available to your family. In addition, the NIIT…

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Connecting your succession plan to your estate plan

Connecting Your Succession Plan to Your Estate Plan

For any business owner, contractors included, putting together a succession plan may seem like an overwhelming task. Often, among the most difficult things to conceptualize is precisely how to connect — and beneficially integrate — your succession plan with your estate plan. Here are few ideas to consider. Sell your shares By selling your ownership…

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Keep Future Options Open with Powers of Appointment

The amount of flexibility you build into your estate plan will go a long way toward how successful, ultimately, it is at carrying out your wishes after you’re gone. Using powers of appointment is one way to achieve that flexibility. Powers of appointment — defined A power of appointment is simply a provision in your…

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March/April 2019 Tax Tips

Exporters, does an IC-DISC still make sense? In recent years, the interest-charge domestic international sales corporation (IC-DISC) has been a popular tax-reduction tool for exporters. Without going into detail, one of the IC-DISC’s most powerful tax-saving tools is its ability to convert ordinary income into qualified dividends taxed at preferential rates. However, by lowering corporate…

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