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Do I need to make gifts before the end of the year?

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With all of the political uncertainty and recent changes in the tax law, our clients are wondering what to do about gifting. Below are answers to three commonly asked questions that we are getting this time of year. Note that this blog covers non-charitable gifts.* 1. Do I need to make gifts before the end of the year? Only if you are making annual exclusion gifts. You may give away $15,000 per person ($30,000 if gift-splitting with a spouse) each year tax-free. If you want to use your annual exclusion for 2019, the gift needs to be completed before the…
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Understanding New York’s Estate Tax “Cliff” – Updated October 2019

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It has been more than six years since some dramatic changes were made to New York’s gift and estate tax law. For many clients, the subject of the New York estate tax “cliff” continues to remain a source of confusion. This is for good reason. The New York cliff is not easy to understand, nor is it easy to know how it may impact your particular situation. The answers below are intended to guide those who remain baffled by the New York estate tax cliff. For a quick snapshot of the 2019 estate and gift tax rates for New York…
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Important Gift Tax and Trust Income Tax Reminders

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As tax season is now in full swing, below are some important gift tax and trust income tax return reminders: Gift Tax Returns The lifetime exemption from gift and estate tax was $11,180,000 per person in 2018. Currently it is $11,400,000 per person for 2019. Generally, gifts made directly to a medical provider or educational institution on behalf of someone do not count against your lifetime exemption. In addition, donors have an annual exclusion from gift tax of $15,000 per donee. This means that a donor may give $15,000 to each of his or her three children, for example, without…
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Pay Attention to How Your Accounts are Titled

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Does this blog post apply to you? Do you have sizeable jointly-held accounts with your spouse? Is your estate large enough that it could be subject to federal or state estate taxes? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then pay attention, because your Will may not do what you think it does. What’s the problem here? Your Will is not the end of the story. Your Will might only “work” if you title your accounts properly. It’s not uncommon for us to see well-drafted Wills with solid tax planning incorporated into the estate plan. In the case…
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POAs

Designating Powers of Attorney (POAs)

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Selection, Documentation, and Communication Best Practices Most of our clients put Powers of Attorney or “POAs” in place as they age. POAs are legal documents that allow you to name an “agent” (also sometimes referred to as an “Attorney-in-fact”) to act on your behalf for financial or health care decisions, and are key components of any estate plan. We believe POAs are increasingly important beyond your estate plan too. Consider the following examples: Parents of college-aged adult children need healthcare POAs to interact with doctors and be involved with their children’s health care decisions. A business associate needs a non-durable…
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Preparing to Meet with Your Estate Planning Attorney

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You can streamline the estate planning process by coming prepared to your first meeting with your estate planning attorney. It will be helpful if you have taken some time to consider who you would like to name as guardian, executor and trustee, as well as who you would generally like to inherit your property. In addition, your attorney will ask for some basic information from you in order to best advise you. Below is a list of the information and documents that we recommend you make available to your estate planning attorney. If you are married, you should provide information…
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Estate Plan Checkup Checklist

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We recommend reviewing your estate plan regularly to determine whether it remains up to date - below is a checklist of some questions to revisit each year. How do I know when to update my estate plan? Who: Consider whether there have been any changes with the people in your life. Have you or your children been married or divorced? Have there been any new births? Has anyone named in your Will died or become disabled? Have you fallen out of touch with anyone named in your Will? What: Consider whether there have been any changes in your personal circumstances…
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What to Do After the Loss of a Loved One

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When a loved one passes away, you will face many responsibilities, from making funeral plans to closing out financial affairs. These responsibilities will add stress to what is already a difficult and emotional time. Getting organized and knowing what steps you need to take will help reduce some of that added stress. Below is a chronological checklist to help you organize and close your loved one’s affairs. WITHIN FIRST TWO WEEKS First and foremost, you will need original death certificates. Everyone from banks, to insurance companies, to credit card companies may request at least a photocopy if not an original,…
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GRAT

A Primer on the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (“GRAT”)

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Objective The objective of the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust is to remove appreciation on the transferred assets from the grantor’s estate. The structure of the GRAT also allows this removal of appreciation to be done at minimal or no gift tax cost. Operation of the GRAT The grantor transfers an asset with high appreciation potential to the GRAT, which is an irrevocable trust. In return, the grantor retains a qualified annuity interest for a specific term of years. Common terms of years for annuity trusts range from 2 to 10 years. The initial term must be at least 2 years,…
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