Who pays the deceased’s taxes?

When a person dies, you might be wondering who is responsible for paying his or her taxes. Generally, the person’s estate or trust is responsible for those liabilities and pays them before making distributions to the beneficiaries. In situations where the liabilities exceed the assets (i.e. insolvent), state law governs which creditors get paid first. …

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IRS gives retirees a longer life in 2022

In early 2020, the CARES Act dropped the required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement for year 2020. However, if you received a RMD from your retirement account in prior years, you may realize that life expectancy tables are used to calculate your annual RMD amount. Don’t miss: IRS transcripts masked for identity protection To calculate an …

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Could Prop 105 save Prop 208 from being repealed?

As you have probably heard, Arizona Proposition 208 has been called and passed. There has been a lot of commentary surrounding the passing of Proposition 208, from people who approve and disapprove of the proposition. Individuals who disapprove have been looking into repealing the proposition due to the surcharge of 3.5% additional tax on the …

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Loans from an IRA – Can you take them?

We see a lot of questions regarding loans from an IRA account. The short answer is you are not allowed to take a loan from an IRA or IRA-based plans such as SEPs, SARSEPs and SIMPLE IRA plans. You also are not permitted to roll over an outstanding loan balance from a retirement plan into …

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IRS Announces Change in Income Ranges to Determine IRA Eligibility in 2021

Cost-of-living adjustments have been made to the dollar limitations related to retirement and pension plans for 2021. Contributions to traditional IRAs can be deducted by taxpayers meeting certain conditions. If the taxpayer (or their spouse) is covered by a retirement plan at work, the deduction may be affected. The new income phaseout ranges are below: …

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Lower Income in 2020? – Here is a Positive View

During this world pandemic, we have all faced new challenges and may have taken a pay cut or lost a source of income. For some this is viewed as being negative, however there may be a positive light for having lower income this year. Don’t miss: Proposed regulations could make reporting easier for small business …

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Additional Covid-19 Relief: Early Retirement Account Withdrawals

Have you been impacted financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic?  Part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed back in March allows eligible taxpayers to withdraw up to $100,000 from certain retirement plans with favorable tax treatment. According to a recent IRS news release, this relief includes IRAs, 401(k), …

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Long-term care costs: It’s all about location, location, location

One of the largest concerns of many “more mature” clients is their readiness to pay for long-term care if it becomes necessary. With the nursing home costs median over $100,000 per year, a couple’s liquid assets can quickly evaporate if one or both spouses require long-term care for a number of years. The latest annual …

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Dealing with a deceased relative’s debt

If a loved one dies, are you responsible for his or her unpaid debts? The FTC Consumer information website includes helpful information about dealing with the debts of a deceased relative. While FTC’s information is great – here’s my best advice: Check with an Attorney! An attorney can help you navigate the process and deal …

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Inherited IRAs don’t receive bankruptcy code protection

A unanimous Supreme Court decision in the Clark v. Rameker case has held that inherited IRAs do not qualify for a bankruptcy exemption, i.e., inherited IRAs are not protected from creditors of the beneficiary in bankruptcy. The Court ruled that an inherited IRA does not fall under the Bankruptcy Code §522(b)(3)(C) exemption which states that …

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