After recent tax legislation, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), few tax shelters are left standing. One key exception is life insurance. If certain requirements are met, the buildup of value in a life insurance policy is exempt from current income tax, while proceeds payable upon death can avoid estate tax. (more…)
Do you know someone who suddenly became widowed when a beloved spouse passed away in the prime of life? You may have tried to console the widow or widower, but then resumed your normal daily activities. And the surviving spouse was left to pick up the pieces of his or her life, often on their own.
But this isn’t always “someone else’s” problem. It can happen to you or a member of your immediate family. The question is: Would you be prepared to cope emotionally and financially? Could you afford to live the same lifestyle? (more…)