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Cyber Monday, Black Friday - Good Deals?

Shop "smart" this holiday season.  Scammers are watching for you...

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What’s So Bad About Donor-Advised Funds?

Last Friday, the New York Times published a very negative article about donor-advised funds (DAFs), calling them a “Philanthropic Loophole” in its headline and quoting a tax professor at the University of Southern California as calling DAFs “a fraud on the American taxpayer.” What, exactly, is a DAF, and are DAFs really so bad?

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Mary Tyler Moore: Another Uncertain Celebrity Estate

Beloved actress, producer and activist, Mary Tyler Moore, was laid to rest in a private ceremony in Fairfield, Connecticut on January 29, 2017 at 80 years old, after battling diabetes and suffering from complications with pneumonia. While the status of her estate is unclear at this point, it is very likely that Moore left behind a Will. With a considerable legacy, including an estate that is valued at $60 million, a question arises of who will inherit Moore’s fortune. Her son and only heir, passed away tragically in an accident and her brother and sister are also deceased. This essentially leaves Robert Levine, her longtime husband, as her primary heir. Under Connecticut Probate Rules, Levine is entitled to at least one third of Moore’s probate estate, which in this case, under Connecticut’s spousal share, could be in the spectrum of $20 million. Although Moore left an undetermined amount of money to charity, the question remains: Will her husband inherit a large chunk of the “high-net-worth” legacy that she leaves behind or will charities such as PETA and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, to which she has contributed in the past, receive the majority share?

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Year-End Tax Planning

Annual Exclusion Gifts. The gift tax annual exclusion is $14,000 for 2016, and stays the same for 2017. You can make gifts of this amount to each of any number of people in a calendar year and not have to file a gift tax return, and the gifts will not use up part of your estate tax exemption. You can also make gifts of an unlimited amount by directly paying a donee's medical expenses to the provider, or tuition to the educational institution. If you make the gift by a check, the donee must deposit the check and the amount must clear your account prior to the end of the year.

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House Passes "Permanent" Bills as Opposed to Extenders

Congress did not pass an extension of the opportunity for taxpayers age 70-1/2 and older to contribute up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to charity, so that income exclusion expired at the end of 2013. On May 29, 2014, the House passed H.R. 4619 (The "Permanent IRA Charitable Contribution Act of 2014") that would make that income exclusion permanent. In addition, the House also passed H.R. 3134 (The "Charitable Giving Extension Act") which would allow an individual taxpayer to deduct charitable contributions made after December 31, but before the due date of the individual's return; and H.R. 2807 (The "Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2013") that would make permanent some of the liberalized rules for deducting the value of charitable contributions of conservation easements (that also expired at the end of 2013). Tax extender bills have stalled in the Senate, so it is unknown whether this will pass in time to permit taxpayers to make this kind of contribution in 2014.

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