If you have recently inherited part of an estate, you may feel burdened with the prospect of filing your estate taxes for the first time. You might also be worried about the likelihood of an audit being done, and would like to be as prepared as possible. The good news is that as long as you follow the tax procedure in Massachusetts systematically and carefully, you have no reason to worry about a tax audit and its consequences.
When planning your estate or considering whether to create a will or a living trust, it is important to consider whether you will be entitled to tax exemptions. Tax exemptions allow you to be able to lower the income that can be taxed, therefore increasing your pocketable income. Tax exemptions must be claimed, and you are generally able to claim them on your own behalf, but also on behalf of your spouse and any dependents that you have.
When creating a retirement plan or a living trust, you must ensure that you are ready to have your tax return examined at any time. It's very important that you are prepared for this and you have the information that the auditors will require readily available.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) occasionally runs audits on tax payers to make sure that they are processing all of their revenue and taxes properly. This can be a stressful process to go through, and can be avoided by completing a thorough and computer-processed tax return.
One common complaint about estate taxes is that they simply target money that was already taxed at least once, as income.
While many people point to trusts as a way to shelter your assets from both taxes and creditors, the real truth is that overall estate planning and comprehensive financial strategy are the best way to reduce your tax burden. Estate planning goes hand-in-hand with financial planning, retirement saving and wealth building, making it a good idea to consult the right professionals on all these matters at an early age. No matter where you are in life, though, our firm can help you plan your estate to support the best financial benefits for yourself and your heirs.
Do you know your rights and responsibilities when it comes to planning for property taxes after death? Estate tax planning is not a minor issue. The fact is that too many Massachusetts residents' families suffer financial losses because benefactors do not properly prepare their estate before their departure. Knowing how much property you can exclude from the estate tax burden and figuring out how to maximize the amount your family is allowed to keep are key in promoting their financial success after your death.
Those in the estate-planning industry remain in the dark about President Trump's intentions regarding tax reform. It's likely that his policies will benefit the wealthiest citizens, as he repeatedly stated while campaigning for president that he planned to get rid of the "death tax."
The 2017 Congressional session could bring big changes to the federal estate tax laws on the books.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to bypass the government and leave all of your estate to your heirs? Depending upon the size of your holdings, estate taxes can take a big bite out of the total.