Using a Self-Directed IRA to Grow Your Retirement Nest Egg

For most people, an IRA is a “set it and forget it” portfolio item. Contributions to the account are usually automated, and the investments making up the IRA—typically stocks, bonds, CDs, and mutual funds—require little account holder oversight. That’s all fine and good, but limited risk means limited returns. For those who want to take Read more about Using a Self-Directed IRA to Grow Your Retirement Nest Egg[…]

New Internet Sales Tax Rules – Is Wayfair Way Fair or Way Unfair?

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., the days of dodging sales tax by shopping online came to an end in America, with a few minor exceptions. Twenty years ago, such a change in e-commerce tax rules would have sent shockwaves across the still-novel Internet. Yet the Read more about New Internet Sales Tax Rules – Is Wayfair Way Fair or Way Unfair?[…]

Using a Life Estate Deed for Lifelong Security and Tax Savings

A Life Estate is a simple, best-of-both-worlds tool that includes an ironclad guarantee that the current owner of a home (the life tenant) will never jeopardize his or her lifetime right to occupy and enjoy the home, and provides for a swift and effortless transfer of the home when the life tenant passes away. What Read more about Using a Life Estate Deed for Lifelong Security and Tax Savings[…]

The Best Ways to Avoid Probate and Streamline Estate Transfer

A well-structured estate plan facilitates the smooth and efficient transfer of assets to a decedent’s heirs without the long, grueling process known as probate, and ensures that loved ones are well provided for financially. What Is Probate? Derived from a Latin word meaning to prove, probate is the formal legal process through which the validity Read more about The Best Ways to Avoid Probate and Streamline Estate Transfer[…]

The IRS Alter Ego Doctrine and Piercing the Corporate Veil

I have previously written about the benefits of forming an LLC for golf cart and other asset/vehicle ownership as an asset protection strategy to insulate your accumulated personal wealth. A properly established LLC or corporation exists as a separate entity from its members or owners for both legal and tax purposes. The resulting asset protection Read more about The IRS Alter Ego Doctrine and Piercing the Corporate Veil[…]

Pet Trusts: Protecting Your Pet After Your Death

Humans are not the only Americans enjoying longer lifespans than a century ago. Thanks to progress in nutritional science and veterinary care, many of our four-legged and feathered friends are remaining strong, active, and alert well into and even beyond the traditional “golden years” of their species. As a result, it is more important than Read more about Pet Trusts: Protecting Your Pet After Your Death[…]

Taxation of Athletes and Entertainers Under the New Tax Law

In a recent post, I examined some of the potential impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”) on professional sports teams and team owners, and now look at what professional athletes and entertainers (“the players”) have gained and lost under the Act. At first glance, the losses may seem to Read more about Taxation of Athletes and Entertainers Under the New Tax Law[…]

Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) vs. Private Foundations: How the Wealthy Donate Money

Most people are familiar with the charitable activities of private foundations bearing the names of giants of U.S. business—the Rockefeller, MacArthur, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, to name just a few. These foundations still play a vital role in charitable activities around the world, but the wealthy are increasingly directing their charitable contributions to Read more about Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) vs. Private Foundations: How the Wealthy Donate Money[…]

Energy Efficient Commercial Building Section 179D Tax Deduction

As I observed in a recent article on the Section 199 deduction for broadcasters, the many issue-specific “campaigns” recently launched by the Large Business and International (LB&I) Division of the IRS vary in nature. Whereas some of the campaigns heavily emphasize stepped-up enforcement, others aim primarily to educate taxpayers and resolve honest confusion over filing Read more about Energy Efficient Commercial Building Section 179D Tax Deduction[…]