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Tax Tip Tuesday: Well, Wasn’t That Pleasant?

April 16th, 2019|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

So, another tax season has come to an end.  This one, though, was a little unique as it was the first tax season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”).  Were you surprised this year?  Did you have to pay […]

Tax Tip Tuesday: Higher Income Means More Taxes and Likely Less Deductions

April 9th, 2019|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

As we have discussed throughout this year’s blog series, the new tax laws have lowered income tax rates generally.  However, Uncle Sam still plans to take a little extra from higher income earners.  While many tax thresholds are indexed for inflation, like the AMT […]

Tax Tip Tuesday: Beware of the Dirty Dozen of Tax Scams

February 26th, 2019|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

Each year the IRS announces its “Dirty Dozen” of tax scams.  These are the most common and most dangerous scams that affect taxpayers.  The top three, for the second year in a row, are:

Phishing: Phishing is when scammers send fake emails or website […]

Tax Tip Tuesday: New Tax Laws Arrive

February 5th, 2019|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

The time has come for tax season, and recall, this is the first tax year for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Act”). To help you navigate these new waters we will dedicate the next twelve weeks to keep you informed […]

Year-End Financial To-Do: Should You Take or Defer Gains and Deductions?

December 18th, 2018|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

The end of the year is a wonderful time to review your tax situation for opportunities to pay less taxes or pay taxes at a lower rate.  Review your portfolio, other investments and your projected income to see where you may fall in the […]

Year-End Financial To-Do: Update Your Plan

December 6th, 2018|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

Many folks find the year’s end is a time of reflection.  While maybe not top of mind, consider using this tendency as motivation to review your estate plan.  While it’s estimated that more than 50% of adult Americans don’t have an estate plan, […]

IRS Announces an Early Christmas Present for Wealthy Taxpayers

December 5th, 2018|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

In a recent announcement, the IRS has confirmed it will not pursue “clawback” for large gifts made under the current estate and gift tax regime. What that means is that individuals may use the new, higher gift tax exclusion amount (currently $11.18 million per […]

Year-End Financial To-Do: Making Annual Gifts

November 20th, 2018|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

At year end, many enjoy giving gifts to loved ones. For those that may face a potential federal or state estate tax, making annual gifts may help save on those taxes in the long run. Under federal law, every person can gift up to […]

Scary Financial Mistakes: Overlooking Incapacity Planning

October 31st, 2018|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

With Halloween upon us, we have the last scary financial mistake of our series.  This is one of the most important, most overlooked, and often most dreaded part of planning:  planning for your incapacity.

Many feel incapacity is as likely as the boogey man under […]

Incredible Artists, but Horrible Planners

October 19th, 2018|

By Jeffrey R. Wolfe, Senior Vice President, Manager of Wealth Planning Strategies

As we wrap up Estate Planning Awareness Week, we turn to two famous, but unfortunate, examples of what happens if you fail to plan.  On April 21, 2016, the recording artist Prince died.  On August 16, 2018, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed […]