Estate Taxes

An important part of estate planning is protecting your family from paying a fortune in estate taxes. Our Estate Taxes articles are full of tips to help you navigate this often-confusing area.

What are the recent changes to real estate capital gains laws?

In May 2006 President Bush signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005. The measure extends to 2010 the reduced tax…

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The Estate Tax: Is It Still Around?

There have been rumors circulating ever since Bush first took office that the Estate Tax was headed for extinction. This past election year, in fact…

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The Death of the Federal Estate Tax

Though it may seem a bit dramatic, the Federal Estate Tax—all 55% of it—is dead, at least for 2010. Learn how this can impact you and your Will or…

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Leaving Money for College: Education Trusts

The cost of raising a child is at an all-time high of $222,360. And a good chunk of that—16%—is education costs. One way to cover ever-growing…

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Top New Tax Breaks You Need to Know About

With the current uncertainties in the housing marketing and the credit crunch this past year, everyone is looking to save wisely. And, if you are…

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Small Business Solutions to Minimize Estate Taxes

If you're an entrepreneur, your business is likely your most valuable asset. Fail to take the time to plan for disability or death and your estate…

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What Are Real Estate Tax Sales?

If a real estate owner does not pay the required taxes on a property, the county will offer the property up for sale at an auction as a "tax sale" to…

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Understanding the Gift Tax

While December is the season of giving, it's also the season of estate planning. That's because December is the last month of the year to take…

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The Tax Friendliest Places to Live in the US

There are so many to choose living in a particular area. Certainly, warm climate, exceptional school systems, or enjoyable nightlife, may rank high…

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What's Happening with the Estate Tax?

Since 2001, the federal estate tax has been dwindling down to nothing. But beginning next year, the estate tax is scheduled to return—hopefully, not…

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