Tax deferral, gain exclusions, tax free appreciation. These seven words are very exciting as they offer potentially significant tax savings for our clients. All three of these benefits are possible by investing in a “Qualified Opportunity Fund” (QOF). The creation of these funds and their related tax benefits were authorized by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed by Congress in December 2017. The Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance to clarify questions unanswered by the TCJA, so QOFs should gain in popularity in the coming months. However, additional guidance is expected in the future, as many questions remain unanswered. (more…)
When you see a cement mixer going down the street, or at a site getting ready to pour, do you think immediately of the effects upon our environment? I must confess, I have not. Until recently.
Cement is a major component of concrete. Cement is often referred to as the glue that holds concrete together. But cement is very harmful to our environment. One ton of cement production releases one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. With cement production currently at 2.8 billion tons per year, and expected to only increase, that is a lot of CO2 released into our already fragile atmosphere. (more…)
In April, 2018 the California Supreme Court issued their long-awaited ruling in a class action lawsuit concerning delivery drivers. The court unanimously ruled in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County that a worker will be considered an employee of the hiring entity unless the hiring entity can establish all three of the following factors (also known as the “ABC test” to identify independent contractors): (more…)
In this podcast, Anu Joshi from our Family Wealth and Individual Tax Planning Group discusses the top 5 non-tax related reasons you need an estate plan, from dividing your wealth to protecting your well-being.
Despite what one might think, estate planning isn’t limited to only the rich and famous. Previously, avoiding or minimizing federal estate tax liability was a primary motivation for creating an estate plan. But with a generous gift and estate tax exemption of $11.18 million for 2018, this is less of a worry for most families. This article details other important benefits of having an estate plan. (more…)
A revocable living trust is often used to complement a will. For instance, you might transfer specific securities to the trust. Notably, these assets generally don’t have to go through the probate process, which can be time-consuming and expensive. They’re also generally protected from creditors and may be managed by professionals.
Thus, a living trust enables your beneficiaries to receive some of your wealth upon your death, with no complications. However, it won’t do anybody any good if the trust isn’t properly funded. (more…)
It’s not uncommon for high-net-worth individuals to hold their assets in trusts, family limited partnerships or charitable foundations. If the assets held in this manner include interests in hedge funds or other “unregistered” securities, it’s important to ensure that the entity is qualified to hold such investments. Exemptions under federal securities laws require that investors in private funds and other unregistered securities qualify as “accredited investors” or “qualified purchasers.” (more…)
NINGs, DINGs and WINGs may sound like characters in a new Pixar animated film. In reality, they’re the names bestowed on certain self-settled trusts (sometimes referred to as nongrantor trusts) in states providing a favorable tax environment for these trusts. The acronyms stand for Nevada Incomplete-gift Nongrantor Gift (NING) trusts, Delaware Incomplete-gift Nongrantor Gift (DING) trusts and Wyoming Incomplete-gift Nongrantor Gift (WING) trusts, respectively.
If you’re noticing a trend — none of these three states impose an income tax on its residents — it’s no coincidence. The use of NINGs, WINGs and DINGs is tied directly to tax savings on the state level for high-income individuals. (more…)
Today, most companies rely on partnerships and subcontractors to deliver their services: marketing consultants, bill collectors, diagnostic labs, and so on. It may surprise you to learn how many different parties are involved in something as simple as buying a cup of coffee. Not only is your transaction recorded by the coffee shop, merchant provider, and ultimately your credit card company, but it is likely at least one of these will archive the purchase in a system maintained by another organization (such as a third-party data warehouse). (more…)