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Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion Not the Same

Is a carefully executed plan to minimize income or estate taxes also a tax dodge, scheme, avoidance trick, or scam? It depends. I have seen all those words used by the media to describe both tax fraud and legitimate tax-reducing strategies. A case in point is an October 2 story in The New York Times, […]

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Legacy Parenting and Financial Planning

Fiduciary, client-centered financial planning is dynamic, ongoing, and evolving. The collaboration between client and planner is a relationship that often lasts for a client’s’ lifetime. Sometimes that relationship even extends beyond a client’s lifetime if they have children or leave money to a foundation. Children may become the stewards of their parents’ financial legacy via […]

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Will, HCAD May Not Always Be Essential

As inevitable as death is, given the way we avoid planning for it we seem to believe we will evade it if we don’t talk about it. Two-thirds of Americans don’t have a will or a health care advanced directive. Financial planners like myself often preach that everyone must have both. However, there are exceptions […]

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More Tax Consequences of President’s Proposed Budget

The current annual US budget, as proposed by President Obama, includes some significant potential changes in tax law. Among these are proposals that could result in higher capital gains taxes on inherited property, an end to most tax-deferred real property exchanges, and increased taxes on S corporation dividends.

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