Tax Planning Tutorial: This Fee Only Planner Thinks It’s Time To Clear up the Confusion Over the Gift Tax Law

There are many confusing tax laws, but the one that seems to generate the most misunderstanding is the gift tax law. Everyone seems to be aware that people can give up to $13,000 (this amount is periodically adjusted for inflation) a year with no tax consequences – but beyond that it’s fuzzy. A client asked me today if she would have to pay tax on a $100,000 gift her parents were planning to give her to buy a house. The answer is no.

6 Year-End 2016 Tax Planning Tips and Reminders

Don’t let the year slip away without doing a little tax planning – the financial benefits will be worth your time. All of the below tips and reminders must be done by December 31, or you either forfeit the opportunity or pay penalties. 1. Max Out Qualified Plan Contributions If your cash flow can stand it […]

Finglish Lesson #3: “Fiscal Cliff” and “Taxageddon”

The “fiscal cliff” and “taxageddon” refer to a convergence of fiscal events (or government spending and tax policies that influence the economy) slated to occur almost simultaneously at the end of 2012. If these terms aren’t on your radar yet, they are sure to be soon, as the media loves nothing better than drama and […]

“April is the Cruellest Month…” or You and Your Taxes

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’ve been writing about the Ten Simple Truths About Money.  These truths are meant to act as a framework to provide new ways for you to think about money that are easy to understand and implement.  Simple Truth #4 is “Inflation and Taxes Are Money’s Enemies.”  […]