Most people are not thinking about taxes and practical concerns when they decide to marry. After the honeymoon is over though, these issues can come up – particularly if you have entered into an international marriage. Because of the globalization of commerce and business over the last few decades, people are coming into contact with foreigners on a much more regular basis now than they did in the past. Often, these “encounters” end up leading to love affairs and even marriage. In fact, … [Read more...] about The Estate Tax Implications of an International Marriage
If you are fortunate enough to have a moderate to large estate to pass on to future generations you should be aware of the gift and estate tax repercussions of any gifts you make either during your lifetime or at the time of your death. Waiting to gift your entire estate at the time of your death could subject your estate to a hefty estate tax bill at the high rate of 40 percent. In St. Louis, one tax friendly estate planning tool that is often overlooked is the annual gift tax exclusion. … [Read more...] about The Annual Gift Tax Exclusion in St. Louis – Gifting to Your Children
Along with deciding who will receive your estate assets when you die, another important goal of a comprehensive estate plan is to minimize the amount of taxes your estate owes when you die. In order to do that, you must have a general idea of how much in estate assets you can transfer at death tax-free. In Missouri, your estate assets are potentially subject to federal gift and estate assets when you die. Each individual, however, is entitled to exempt up to the lifetime exemption limit for … [Read more...] about Estate Taxes in Missouri: How Much Can I Transfer at Death Tax-Free?
We all know that the cost of sending just one child to college can be exorbitant. If you happen to have more than one child in college at the same time then you are undoubtedly feeling the crunch as they head back to school this month. Along with figuring out how to cover the expenses related to higher education, you also have to consider the tax implications of your expenses. As a general rule, any money you give to someone, or pay on behalf of someone, is subject to gift taxes. There are, … [Read more...] about College Expenses—Do I Have to Pay Gift Taxes on Them?
If you are a baseball fan you are well aware of the fact that all season long New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter has been chasing down the 3,000th base hit of his illustrious career. If you are not a huge fan of America's pastime, to put this accomplishment into its proper perspective consider the fact that in the entire history of major league baseball just 27 players had accumulated 3,000 hits over their careers when this season began. It takes a great deal of sustained excellence to … [Read more...] about “Lucky” Yankee Fan May Face Big Tax Bill