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SECURE Act Passes; Review IRA Estate Planning

The Grinch who stole Christmas is alive and well this year—in the US Congress. Our Representatives and Senators passed a bill that negatively affects the middle and working class by changing the rules of passing on an IRA. Now adult children who inherit IRAs will be required to drain them within 10 years and pay […]

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Small Companies Get Tax Breaks, Too

An April 29th headline in The New York Times got my attention: “Profitable Giants Like Amazon pay $0 in Corporate Taxes. Some Voters Are Sick of It.” My immediate reaction was outrage. Amazon had a 0% tax rate. My company’s overall tax rate was 24%, and its net profit was less than 0.000025% of Amazon’s. […]

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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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Bundle Charitable Giving Through Donor Advised Fund

With changes to standard and itemized deductions under the new tax law, many CPA’s and tax attorneys are recommending a strategy of bunching or bundling deductible spending into alternate years. I wrote about this approach a few weeks ago. One way to bundle charitable deductions efficiently and effortlessly is through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). […]

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To Reduce Taxes, Bunch Deductions Into Alternate Years

Want to save a bunch under the new federal income tax laws? Try bunching your deductions. The new tax law doubles the standard deduction and eliminates most miscellaneous deductions. It takes a lot more of the limited allowable deductions left to reach the threshold for itemizing deductions instead of using the standard amount. This means […]

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