Category: Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Maximizing Donations to Foreign-Based Charities under Tax Reform UPDATED by Lewis Kevelson, CPA


Posted on October 08, 2019 by Lewis Kevelson

Donations that U.S. taxpayers make directly to foreign charities usually will not qualify for income tax deductions unless those charities are registered with the IRS as tax-exempt entities or there is relief available under a bilateral income tax treaty. In the rare instances when these conditions are met, the charitable deduction is available only to […]

Protect Elderly Family Members from Financial Crimes by Jack Winter. CPA


Posted on June 26, 2019 by Jack Winter

Financial crimes against the elderly more than quadrupled between 2013 and 2017, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). While anyone can fall prey to these scams, the elderly are typically more at risk. They may be challenged with the Internet of things and using new technology safely, or they may be unfamiliar with […]

Are U.S. Visa Holders Subject to U.S. Income and Estate Taxes? by Eden Abitan, CPA, CGMA


Posted on June 11, 2019

For many foreign persons, the U.S. tax system can be a complicated web of conflicting rules and exceptions, making compliance difficult, at best. One of the more complex challenges concerns the U.S.’s different treatment of foreign persons for income tax and estate and gift tax purposes. In general, the U.S. presumes foreign persons to be […]

Deadline Approaches to Take First Required Minimum Distribution from Retirement Plans for 2018 by Rick D. Bazzani, CPA


Posted on March 20, 2019 by Rick Bazzani

Taxpayers who turned 70½-years-old during the 2018 calendar year have until April 1, 2019, to take their first required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans. In general, retired individuals age 70½ and older have a deadline of December 1 to take their annual RMDs from retirement savings accounts […]