There’s a favorable “stepped-up basis” if you inherit property

A common question for people planning their estates or inheriting property is: For tax purposes, what’s the “cost” (or “basis”) an individual gets in property that he or she inherits from another? This is an important area and is too often overlooked when families start to put their affairs in order. Under the fair market […]

The tax rules for donating artwork to charity

If you’re an art collector, you may wonder about the tax breaks available for donating a work of art to charity. Several different tax rules may come into play in connection with such contributions. Basic rules Your deduction for a charitable contribution of art is subject to be reduced if the charity’s use of it […]

Estate and Trust Tax Returns Services: CPA Firm

Navigating the intricacies of taxes, trusts and estates entangles even the most financially savvy of us. It can be hard to know where to start, so having a CPA on your side is helpful. Our firm provides full-service estate and trust tax return services – from preparation through IRS filing – so you don’t have […]

Save for retirement by getting the most out of your 401(k) plan

Socking away money in a tax-advantaged retirement plan can help you reduce taxes and help secure a comfortable retirement. If your employer offers a 401(k) or Roth 401(k), contributing to the plan is a smart way to build a substantial nest egg. If you’re not already contributing the maximum allowed, consider increasing your contribution. Because […]

SECURE 2.0 law may make you more secure in retirement

A new law was recently signed that will help Americans save more for retirement, although many of the provisions don’t kick in for a few years. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement 2.0 Act (SECURE 2.0) was signed into law on December 29, 2022. SECURE 2.0 is meant to build on the original […]

Does your family business’s succession plan include estate planning strategies?

  Family-owned businesses face distinctive challenges when it comes to succession planning. For example, it’s important to address the distinction between ownership succession and management succession. When a nonfamily business is sold to a third party, ownership and management succession typically happen simultaneously. However, in the context of a family business, there may be reasons […]

Take a look at stock options as a recruitment tool

  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.7% in October. Seeing as how that’s still a relatively low number, your business may be struggling to fill its open positions. Offering equity-based compensation to job candidates is one recruitment strategy to consider. Many companies have used stock […]

Selling stock by year-end? Watch out for the wash sale rule

  If you’re thinking about selling stock shares at a loss to offset gains that you’ve realized during 2022, it’s important to watch out for the “wash sale” rule. The loss could be disallowed Under this rule, if you sell stock or securities for a loss and buy substantially identical stock or securities back within […]

Year-end giving to charity or loved ones

  The holiday season is here and many people plan to donate to their favorite charities or give money or assets to their loved ones before the end of the year. Here are the basic tax rules involved in these transactions. Donating to charity In 2022, in order to receive a charitable donation write-off, you […]