Reverse mortgages have been around for years. But they're getting a new spin: Some senior homeowners are tapping into their home equity to "bridge the gap" until the time they're ready to apply for Social Security benefits. However, an independent consumer agency — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — cautions retirees against using this strategy. A recent CFPB report claims that … [Read more...] about Report Warns Retirees about Potential Downsides of Reverse Mortgages
The basic idea of a Qualified Domestic Trust or QDOT (normally built into most revocable living trusts) is to avoid the forced payment of estate taxes on the death of the first spouse with a large estate, where the intended recipient is a surviving spouse who is a non-U.S. citizen. Keep in mind that the following persons still enjoy an exemption from estate taxes on the first $5.54M in assets … [Read more...] about Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOT)
How does your small business Corporation or LLC pass to your family members upon your death? We have come across many entrepreneurs and small business owners who have taken their business to the next level by incorporating into a C-Corp, or Sub-S Corporation or an LLC. This provides the business with a lot of protection and flexibility, but it doesn't automatically pass down to your heirs upon … [Read more...] about Business Continuity Solutions In Case of Death or Incapacitation
There is always a temptation to just sell off assets that you've accumulated and take the cash. But that generally results in a tax bill. There may be a way to profit more from those assets by giving them away. By setting up a charitable remainder trust (CRT), you might be able to transform a tax liability into a tax break, receive a steady source of income for the rest of your life, and … [Read more...] about Is This Your Situation: Worried about Taxes on an Asset Sale?
Treasury Regulations Permit Naming Trusts as (Designated) Beneficiaries of Retirement Accounts While often viewed as a "gray" area, the reality is that a trust can absolutely become eligible for designated beneficiary treatment, qualifying as a "see-through" trust where the post-death RMDs are calculated based on the life expectancy of the oldest of the trust's underlying beneficiaries. In … [Read more...] about Naming Trusts as Designated Beneficiaries of Retirement Accounts