Category Archive for: ‘Taxes’


As many of you may know,  Congress recently passed the “The Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019” (SECURE Act).  The Act was voted on in the Senate, with 71‐23 in favor, as part of an eight‐bill, $1.4 trillion spending package signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. It had passed in the House …

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2019 Tax Rates, Tax Deductions and Cost of Living Adjustments

In 2018, we had several major changes to our tax laws brought by the enactment of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” There is no such major tax act impacting US taxpayers in 2019. A number of rates have changed for 2019, however, as provided. 2019 Tax Rates, Tax Deductions and Cost of Living Adjustments

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New Year, New Tax Law

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the new tax law, entitled “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” – a summary of which is provided below by PRW’s Estate and Wealth Management Counsel Janice A. Forgays, Esq., CLU: New Year, New Tax Law  

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Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens

Per its Second Report to the President on Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens, Treasury, with the IRS, has decided to withdraw the proposed regulations under IRC §2704 in their entirety. These proposed regulations were designed to eliminate “artificial” valuation discounts for intra-family transfers of interests in family-controlled entities (FCEs) by disregarding any restriction on an owner’s ability to liquidate …

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Tax Reform Update – September 2017

Congress returned to Washington last week with a number of legislative priorities to address by September 30th. Two of the biggest were raising the federal debt limit and passing a bill to keep the federal government funded. Please click on the following link for a tax reform update provided by AALU: AALU Tax Reform Update – September 2017     …

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The Estate Tax May Come and Go (and come back again) But Estate Planning is Here to Stay

Will estate taxes be reduced or eliminated in the near future? No one knows for sure. What we do know is that a change in the estate tax does not change the need for comprehensive estate planning. Please follow the link below for an estate planning article from PRW’s Estate and Wealth Management Counsel, Janice Forgays, JD, CLU. The Estate …

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Ten Year-End Tax Tips for 2016

Here are 10 things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year: Ten Year-End Tax Tips for 2016

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Common Factors Affecting Retirement Income

When it comes to planning for your retirement income, it’s easy to overlook some of the common factors that can affect how much you’ll have available to spend. If you don’t consider how your retirement income can be impacted by investment risk, inflation risk, catastrophic illness or long-term care, and taxes, you may not be able to enjoy the retirement …

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Key Numbers 2016 – Tax Reference Numbers at a Glance

Please follow the link below for a helpful tax reference guide with key figures and tax rates for 2016: Key Tax Numbers – 2016

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Estate Tax Exemption – 2016 Update

In 2011, the American Tax Payer Relief Act (ATRA) changed the rules for the gift tax, estate tax, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemptions by creating a unified exemption amount that is indexed for inflation.  The ATRA created a base exemption amount of $5 Million, which has been steadily increasing due to annual inflation adjustments. Please click on the link …

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