Webinar Recording: 2020 Year-end Estate Planning

This H2R CPA webinar was presented live on November 13, 2020. The webinar recording can be accessed here. A PDF of the webinar presentation can be accessed here. Webinar Summary As 2020 draws to a close in what can only be described as a year full of changes, families should take these changes into consideration … Read more

New rules for IRAs, RMDs and estate plans

Many people’s estates typically include IRAs. Be aware that two major laws passed into law recently, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, have had a direct effect on IRAs. In a nutshell, the CARES Act waives required minimum distribution (RMD) rules … Read more

Charitable giving during the COVID-19 crisis

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic fallout is dealing a crushing blow to charitable organizations. Indeed, during a time when food banks, disaster relief and other nonprofit services are needed most by the public, their funding is suffering due to cancelled fundraising events and other factors. If philanthropy is an important part … Read more

A good time to review your estate plan

Generally, it’s recommended that you review your estate plan at year’s end. It’s a good time to check whether any life events have taken place in the past 12 months or so that affect your plan. However, with a life shock as monumental as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now is a good time to review … Read more

Gift and estate tax returns: What you need to know

by H2R CPA Team ​ Have you made substantial gifts of wealth to family members? Or are you the executor of the estate of a loved one who died recently? If so, you need to know whether you must file a gift or estate tax return. Filing a gift tax return Generally, a federal gift … Read more

Think twice before naming a minor as beneficiary

by H2R CPA Team ​A common estate planning mistake is to designate a minor as beneficiary — or contingent beneficiary — of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. While making your young child the beneficiary of such assets may seem like an excellent way to provide for him or her in the case of … Read more

Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation

​by H2R CPA Team The “sandwich generation” accounts for a large segment of the population. These are people who find themselves caring for both their children and their parents at the same time. In some cases, this includes providing parents with financial support. As a result, estate planning — which traditionally focuses on providing for … Read more

Make the holidays bright for you and your loved ones with annual exclusion gifts

by H2R CPA Team As the holiday season quickly approaches, gift giving will be top of mind. While gifts of electronics, toys and clothes are nice, making tax-free gifts of cash using your annual exclusion is beneficial for both you and your family. Even in a potentially changing estate tax environment, making annual exclusion gifts … Read more

ABLE accounts can benefit loved ones with special needs

by H2R CPA Team For families with disabled loved ones who are potentially eligible for means-tested government benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), estate planning can be a challenge. On the one hand, you want to provide the most comfortable life possible for your family member. On the other hand, you don’t … Read more

Winners, losers and plans to consider in the Trump Tax Proposal

by Paul K. Rudoy, CPA/PFS ​​The Trump Tax Proposal (TTP) from last week could be a big winner for many.  There are a few who will be losers from the TTP, but many people are likely to be unaffected by what is proposed. The following are key considerations for various parties affected by this proposal. … Read more