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The Fed Cuts Interest Rate in July - Time to Revisit Your Estate Plan?

On July 31, 2019, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade. Although this may be bad news for your savings account,

What Happens if Your Tax Return is Lost in the Mail?

Imagine this scenario: the calendar says it’s April 15th, and you realize that you can’t avoid filing your federal tax returns any longer.

Aretha Franklin Left no Will - What Happens Next?

On August 16, 2018, a saddened world mourned the passing of legendary vocalist and songwriter Aretha Franklin. Known affectionately to her fans as the

How Tax Reform Will Make Divorce More Expensive

Divorcing couples are not likely to be found on the list of taxpayers who are happy with the sweeping changes effected by The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the

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How Tax Reform Made Your Estate Plan Obsolete

If you are among the many taxpayers who had wills and other estate planning documents prepared prior to this year, don’t be too eager to delete your

Tax Reform Impacts Federal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Taxes

Within the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), lawmakers failed to satisfy longstanding promises of a full repeal of the federal

Senate Republicans Unveil Tax Reform Policy Highlights

On November 2, 2017, the United States House of Representatives released the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, a bill that, if passed, would be the

IRS May Audit Deceased Spouse's Estate Tax Return if Portability Elected

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 introduced a new concept known as “portability” to the

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IRS Obtains Favorable Ruling in Captive Insurance Case

Taxpayers with established captive insurance companies, or those considering such arrangements, should take notice of a recent Tax Court decision denying

The Florida Electronic Wills Act

Anyone who hasn’t lived on a deserted island for the past two decades has surely observed how the digital age has transformed nearly every aspect

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