Posts Tagged ‘Form 1040’


6 Easy Steps to Open an Estate in Connecticut

 

1) Go to Probate Court and Get Your Appointment

A decedent will list their executor (or executrix) in their will.  If the decedent did not name one or did not have a will, the court will appoint someone to manage the affairs of the estate.

 

This person will be known as an administrator or adminstratrix. The appointment will allow you to manage the affairs of the estate.  Keep in mind the entire process will be overseen by the … Continue reading »


3 Reasons To File IRS Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Assets

1) You have a “Specified Foreign Financial Asset” which exceeds the filing requirements

Financial Assets that are subject to this form are: A Financial Account maintained by a foreign institution and the following assets not held in an account with a foreign institution:

* Stock or security issued by a foreign person

* Financial instrument where the issuer is not a U.S. Person

* And any interest in a foreign entity


The Difference Between Short-Term and Long-Term Capital Gains

The sale of a capital asset will result in a capital gain.  Depending on the holding period of this asset, the gain will either be short-term or long-term. Long-term gains have a lower, preferred income tax rate.  The holding period begins on the day the asset is purchased, as measured by the trade date, to the day the asset is sold. Assets that are inherited are deemed to be held long term.


How to Give a Power of Attorney to Your CPA to Deal With the IRS

Today’s routine is similar to many other days until you started opening your mail.  In today’s mail is a notice that you are being audited by the IRS. Now what do you do?  Give your CPA a Power of Attorney.


How to Claim a Casualty Loss on Your Income Tax Return

Hurricane Irene hit the eastern coastline hard this past weekend.  In the south, Irene was originally designated as a "Category 3" hurricane.  The highest rating and most violent is a Category 5.  Irene was subsequently downgraded to a Category 1.  It’s very early, but it is estimated that the damage caused by this hurricane could be between $3 and $5 billion.  In Connecticut, we were also hit hard by Hurricane Irene.  The property damage has been estimated … Continue reading »


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