How Many Trusts Do I Need?

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Estate Planning can get tricky. One tool that is frequently used is a trust. Many trusts are set up as revocable (“rev”) trusts.  This means the person that formed the trust can amend or change it at time during their lifetime. When someone with a revocable trust passes away, the trust then becomes irrevocable, which means … Continue reading »

The Difference Between an Inherited Asset and a Gift Received

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Whether you receive an asset from inheritance or from a gift can have significant tax impact when this asset is sold.

Inherited Asset

For an inherited asset you generally take this asset over at the Fair Market Value at the Date of Death. This value would be listed on the probate inventory.  Additionally for a Connecticut decedent it would be listed on … Continue reading »

How to Calculate Your Cost Basis and Save Money…Guaranteed

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When you sell a capital asset you need to know when you purchased it and what the cost basis is.  These will be used to determine what your capital gain (or loss) is.  Capital assets are items such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Holding Period

A short-term capital gain is for a capital asset held a year or … Continue reading »

How to Use a Roth IRA to Purchase Your First House

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It can be difficult for younger people to save up to purchase their first house.  Paying rent, making a car payment and perhaps paying off a student loan can drain your cash flow. While a Roth IRA is designed to be used for retirement one possible use would be to use a Roth IRA for the down payment on your first … Continue reading »

3 Easy Steps to Rent Your Real Estate to Your Business

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Many business owners will eventually buy a building and then rent it to their business. This can be an appropriate strategy for many.  If you are planning on being in business for an extended period of time why not own the real estate? If you do own rental real estate you’ll need to know how to Continue reading »

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