There are tax-free limits on what you can gift in a year and during your lifetime. While it may feel better to give than to receive, the former may carry federal tax consequences, which dampens the cheer associated with bestowing a financial gift to a loved one or friend. But not all financial gifts incur
A volatile year in the financial markets can create opportunities for reducing your taxable income. Many investors use the closing months of the year to review their portfolios and assess their winning and losing investments. It’s also a good time to do tax planning for the upcoming filing season; decisions you make before year-end can
You can be generous with your loved ones during the gift-giving season without running afoul of the rules. One way many individuals try to avoid estate and inheritance taxes is to give money away during their lifetime, effectively reducing the wealth that will be subject to federal taxes when it’s passed on to heirs. This
A few astute moves could help promote a better after-tax return. As you weigh risk vs. return, you may risk taking an eye off taxes. A focus on tax efficiency could help you improve the effective yield from your portfolio. You can try to cut or delay taxes linked to investing. Consider placing the most
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raised the lifetime exclusion limits for estate and gift taxes from roughly $5.5 million per individual to over $11 million. Also, the annual gift tax exemption was raised to $15,000 for individuals & $30,000 per couple. If the gift exceeds the annual exemption, the amount is applied against the
Adapting your retirement strategy (and outlook) may be necessary. Involuntary retirement can be emotionally and financially unsettling. Here are some questions to ask yourself if it happens. Do you want to keep working? You may have to rely on your spouse or partner’s income—or your emergency fund—for many months if you look for another full-time
If you have a large estate with adjusted gross value coming to a minimum of $5.34 million starting 2014, a big chunk of it will be gobbled by the federal estate taxes. Although there is no state inheritance tax in Arizona, any trusts and estates exceeding state exemption will result in you paying income taxes.
Almost every financial decision you make has an effect on your taxes and, ultimately, your bottom line. Here are some things that can reduce your tax liability. Ways to Reduce Your Taxes Tax credits Tax deductions Eliminate tax penalties Choose correct filing status Timing of income collection Timing purchases and other expenditures Timing of buying