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What Is Estate Planning and Why Do I Need It?

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What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is the process of getting your personal and financial affairs in order in the event you become mentally incapacitated or die.  The basic documents of your estate plan will include a last will and testament, a power of attorney and a living will. Continue Reading What Is Estate Planning and Why Do I Need It?

IRS Announces Increases to Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions for 2020

The IRS has announced that the estate and gift tax exclusion will be raised from the current amount of $11.38 million to $11.58 million in 2020.  This means that you will be able to leave $11.58 million to your heirs without your estate having to pay any federal estate or gift taxes.  For a married couple the exclusion is $23.16 million.

The gift tax exclusion, in which each of you can give $15,000 per year to as many individuals as you may choose without having to file a federal gift tax return, will remain unchanged in 2020.

How Will the New Tax Law Affect You?

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Signed into law late in 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Proponents of the law say it will stimulate the economy and create jobs, but how does it actually affect you? We should also note that everything we describe below will end after 2025, assuming legislators don’t vote to extend the cuts.

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