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                                                                                                                        November 2015

 To our Friends and Clients:

          As the fall leaves have come down, we all begin to think about the approaching holiday season. As we have seen in the past, many of our clients use this season to reflect on their lives and to think about the legacy they will leave behind. Estate planning has been around since the days of Pharaoh and the building of Pyramids. Now it is of course much easier to plan your estate and we encourage you to contact us to assist you with this delicate but necessary topic.

          Every client that uses our legal services to devise their estate plan will complete what we like to call the triple play of estate planning. Each client executes:

1) Last Will and Testament;

2) Power of Attorney; and

3) Health Care Proxy.

      WHAT SHOULD YOU BE THINKING ABOUT?

  • A Plan For The Disposition Of Your Assets
  • Estate Tax Planning To Minimize Estate Taxes Paid
  • Naming An Executor To Administer Estate
  • Naming Guardians And Trustees To Raise Children & Manage Their Assets
  • Creating Trusts to Benefit Children and Grand Children
  • If Married, to Utilize Maximum Exemptions To Reduce Estate Taxes

      What Else Should You Be Thinking About

  • A Plan For The Succession Or Sale Of A Family Business Or Practice
  • A Plan For Charitable Giving
  • Life Insurance To Support Your Family Or Provide Liquidity For The Estate And Methods to Keep Life Insurance Free of Estate Taxes
  • A Durable Power Of Attorney To Manage Finances Without Expense & Publicity Of Guardianship Hearing
  • A Health Care Proxy Which Names An Agent To Make Healthcare Decisions In The Event You Can’t Make Those Decisions
  • Living Trusts to Avoid Probate

We recommend that estate plans be reviewed every 2-4 years. Please call myself or Andrew Kirwin, Esq. to get the proverbial ball moving. As a courtesy to our clients, we shall provide a free half hour consultation regarding estate planning.

                                    

                                                                                                  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

                                                                                                                    


The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2022. Most taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs of operating vehicles for:

  • business,

  • medical, and

  • charitable purposes

Some members of the military may also use these rates to compute their moving expense deductions.


The IRS has encouraged taxpayers to take important actions this month to help them file their tax returns in 2022, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments and advance Child Tax Credit payments. As a part of a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season, the IRS highlighted a special page the outlines the steps taxpayers can take to make the tax filing season easier.


The IRS has extended the availability of electronic signatures on certain audit and non-audit forms. Through October 31, 2023, taxpayers and their authorized representatives may electronically sign documents and email documents to the IRS. This is an exception to normal policy. Previously, the IRS had allowed e-signatures through the end of 2021.


The IRS has issued guidance for employers on the retroactive termination of the COVID-19 employee retention credit against the employer's share of Medicare tax. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) amended Code Sec. 3134 so that for most employers the credit applies only to wages paid before October 1, 2021. If the employer is a recovery startup business, the credit continues to apply to wages paid before January 1, 2022.


The IRS has reminded tax professionals and taxpayers that they can use digital signatures on a variety of common IRS forms and access a secure online platform to view and make changes to their account. The IRS has balanced the e-signature option with critical security and protection needed against identity theft and fraud.


The IRS has reminded taxpayers that they can get extra protection starting in January by joining the Service's Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program. The IRS has made recent changes to the program to make it easier for more taxpayers to join. The fastest and easiest way to receive an IP Pin is by using the Get an IP PIN tool.


The Internal Revenue Service is now allowing taxpayers who have had an offer in compromise accepted by the agency to keep their tax refunds instead of the previous policy of having those refunds applied to their outstanding tax debt.


A. Mcnulty, 157 TC —, No. 10, Dec. 61,950

Delivery of coins to the owner of a self-directed "Check Book IRA" was taxable income even though she took the coins as manager of the IRA’s LLC. While an IRA owner may act as a conduit or agent of the IRA custodian, she may do so only as long as she is not in constructive or actual receipt of the IRA assets. The fact that the Check Book IRA website said this would not be treated as a taxable distribution did not constitute reasonable cause for escaping understatement penalties.


The Internal Revenue Service is keeping the pressure on high income taxpayers who do not file their taxes as well as other high wealth taxpayers who may otherwise be hiding their earnings to avoid paying taxes.

And while agents are actively pursuing these people, Darren Guillot, Commissioner of the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed – Collection division said the goal is to avoid as much as possible escalating a case to enforcement proceedings.

His message on November 15 to attendees of the AICPA & CIMA National and Sophisticated Tax Planning Conferences in Washington, D.C., was a simple one: "Just tell the truth. We want to get you in compliance. We want you to file on time and pay what you owe. Every case is not criminal. We don’t want any case to be criminal, or enforcement or a seizure."


Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig praised the work of agency employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic but stated that there simply are not enough of them as the agency is slowly working through the backlog the pandemic caused.

Rettig used that as the foundation to call for not only more funding for the agency, but to encourage people to apply for open positions within the agency, especially as it is facing significant employee shortages in the coming years.