Foreign gift reporting requirements

Generally speaking, the United States imposes gift tax on all gifts above a certain threshold. But in general, in the case of a nonresident and not a citizen of the United States, gift tax shall apply to a transfer only if the property is situated in the United States. CAVEAT…. a U.S. recipient of this …

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BE-10 survey for holders of foreign assets

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects data of U.S. owned foreign investments by issuing confidential yet mandatory surveys and collecting data. This data provides Congress and U.S. businesses useful information for making informed decisions. The BE-10 survey is conducted once every five years and is coming due on May 29, 2020.  The BE-10 is …

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Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement

The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, known as the “J5”, are cracking down on international tax evasion and criminal activity. The J5 is made up of a group of investigators from Australia, Canada, the UK, US and the Netherlands. The group formed in mid-2018 and has been actively focused on bringing down worldwide tax …

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Here’s why you should file a tax return

Millions of Americans every year are required to file a tax return, and it’s a good idea for everyone to determine whether or not they should file a return this year. Individuals with low income may not be required to file a tax return, but it may be a good idea to file if you …

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Exclusion continues: Discharge of qualified principal residence debt

With the introduction of the SECURE Act, the exclusion from gross income for a discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness has been extended. This is good news for taxpayers who had part or all of their mortgage forgiven by a bank or financial institution. Don’t miss: Welcome back tuition and fees deduction Qualified principal indebtedness …

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The history of federal estate tax rates

Even though estate taxes don’t affect many people, they have been a hot topic in the political realm after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the lifetime exemption. Don’t miss: Inherited IRAs The estate tax exemption has seen some extremely significant changes since it was enacted in 1916. At this point in time an …

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Navigating your 401(k) during a global pandemic

Investing in your 401(k) is an idea that is hammered into our brains at a young age. We are constantly reminded of it because setting aside an amount of money on a consistent basis for the future will make a significant difference when we approach retirement.  This simple task can turn out to be difficult …

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Increased credit for small employer pension plan start-up costs

Do you have a small business? Do you like to save money, especially in taxes? Have you considered setting up a retirement plan for you and your employees, but did not want to spend the money and time getting one set up? Then I have news for you! Don’t miss: Small employer automatic enrollment credit …

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Impact of employee reduction on employee benefit plans

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty, employers are faced with decisions that could have significant impacts on their 401k retirement plans. A serious decision that employers face is a potential reduction in employees. It is important to consider the impact this decision can have on the retirement plan. A …

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What to do with your deceased spouse’s IRA

If your spouse has died, what should be done with their IRA? To start, you have two options not available to other beneficiaries. Roll the decedent’s IRA into an IRA established in your name (spousal rollover) Elect to treat the decedent’s IRA as your own IRA (spousal election) Don’t miss: Balancing investments in times of …

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