Category Archives: Estate Taxes

Elder Law Seminars

During the next couple of months, my elder law seminars will be focusing on how the new Massachusetts CARE Act, changes to the federal tax code, the tightening of MassHealth regulations, and other changes in the law might affect you, … Continue reading

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Highlights of the New Tax Bill

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law a new tax bill that has dramatic effects on the current tax system.  Here are highlights affecting most individuals: Increase in the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals filing single and … Continue reading

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Is an Increased Massachusetts Estate Tax Exemption in the Cards?

Massachusetts remains in the minority of states that have not increased their estate tax exemption since the federal estate tax exemption was raised in 2001. The Massachusetts estate tax exemption is currently $1,000,000 per person (though it disappears if you … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Decision And its Tax Implications at the State Level Across the U.S.

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On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that every state must license a marriage between two people of the same sex and every state must also recognize a marriage … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale

  Last week I met with a delightful couple in their early 80’s with a big problem.  Over 10 years ago, at the urging of their four children, these folks transferred to their kids a so-called “remainder interest” in the … Continue reading

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The Tax Deduction for People with Dementia

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April inevitably means tax time, so whether or not you need to file a return, this tends to be the season when you, and everyone else, think about deductions and techniques you might use to reduce the amount of tax … Continue reading

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And now… we have our Tax Extenders

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Congress recently passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014,” which the President has signed.  The Act extends numerous tax breaks that had expired for tax year 2014 and makes these tax breaks retroactive to January 1, 2014.  These extenders … Continue reading

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Making Your Giving Count

           By now you have already been buried with requests from charities near and far, worthy and not-so-worthy, hoping to share in your good cheer during what is inevitably called the season of Giving.  If you’re like many parents (and … Continue reading

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To Gift, or Not to Gift

The topic of gifting assets is often an important discussion in the world of estate planning.  Generally, a main point of gifting is to remove assets from the estate of the donor to avoid potential estate taxes on the asset.  … Continue reading

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Using Revocable Trusts for Tax Planning

I tell almost all of my clients who are married and have an estate worth more than $1,000,000 to consider using revocable trusts in their estate plan to defer payment of estate tax for as long as possible. This type … Continue reading

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