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This question is asked frequently during tax season.
I suspect it will be asked even more this tax season.
There will likely be even more delays this year than in past years. Congress passed The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on the last day of 2012. President Obama signed this legislation on January 2, 2013. This has delayed the IRS, which … Continue reading »
Ask many people if they have an estate plan and they just roll their eyes. With the Federal Estate Tax Exclusion at $5.12 million most people will not be subject to estate taxes. In Connecticut, the exclusion is $2 million and many people won’t be subject to this tax. So…why do I need an estate plan?
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 … Continue reading »
Taxpayers must pay their taxes "as they go." For many taxpayers, their income taxes are withheld from their paychecks. For taxpayers that don't have any withholding, they will need to make estimated tax payments.
For 2011 and 2012, the federal estate tax exclusion is $5 million. For taxable estates in excess of $5 million, the highest federal tax rate is 35%. If there are no changes to the law, the federal estate tax exclusion will decline back to $1 million in 2013 and the highest federal estate tax bracket will be 55%.