Category: Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Social Security Announces Minimal Cost of Living Adjustment for 2021 by Jeffrey M. Mutnik, CPA/PFS

Posted on November 03, 2020 by Jeffrey Mutnik

Recipients of Social Security benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), will receive a modest 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2021, down from 1.4 percent in 2020, according to a recent announcement from the Social Security Administration. This meager bump during the financial challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will bring just a few extra […]

IRS Grants Certain Deductions for Estates and Non-Grantor Trusts, Including Excess Deductions on Termination by Jeffrey M. Mutnik, CPA/PFS

Posted on October 13, 2020 by Jeffrey Mutnik

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued final regulations that allow decedents’ estates and non-grantor trusts to claim certain deductions that would otherwise have been disallowed under the 2017 overhaul of the tax code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) barred individuals, estates and non-grantor trusts from claiming miscellaneous itemized deductions for any taxable […]

Individuals, Businesses Receive More Incentives to Make Charitable Donations in 2020 by Jack Winter, CPA

Posted on June 02, 2020 by Jack Winter

The financial impact of the COVID-19 health crisis will leave a lasting impression on individuals and businesses throughout the world. For nonprofit organizations that rely on public donations to fund research and services for those in need, the pandemic can be devastating. In response, the CARES Act offers U.S. individuals and businesses greater incentives to […]

Estate Planning in the Time of COVID-19 by Christopher Taarick, JD, LLM

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Christopher Taarick

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it, threatening our physical and financial well-being, potentially for years to come. Just as social distancing and other safer-at-home measures have been implemented to help you protect your health, there are some estate planning strategies you should consider at this time to help you protect your […]

UPDATED – Retirement Savers, Retirees Receive Penalty-Free Financial Relief Under CARES Act by Joanie B. Stein, CPA

Posted on May 20, 2020 by Joanie Stein

The CARES Act lifts restrictions on 401(k) plans, IRAs and certain other retirement savings plans to provide plan participants with immediate financial assistance and make it easier for employers to adopt these critical relief provision. It is important for plan sponsors to weigh the benefits of these relief measures and recognize the specific administrative rules they […]

Now is a Good Time to Accelerate Estate Planning by Jeffrey M. Mutnik, CPA/PFS

Posted on March 16, 2020 by Jeffrey Mutnik

Global equity markets declined dramatically on March 12, as fear and uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continued to mount. U.S. stocks took their biggest single-day drop since 1987, bringing the country’s longest economic expansion in history to a screeching halt. Whether the financial damage to investors’ portfolios will continue is unknown. Yet, based […]