Taking Care of Your Heirs

Many people find it hard to come to terms with their own mortality, which can make transitioning wealth from one generation to the next very difficult. But putting it off, and worse still, not dealing with it, can be one of the worst mistakes we can make. Death is not...

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Capital Gains and Losses: How Do They Work?

A capital gain is a profit made when you as an individual or business sell a capital asset — investments or real estate, for instance — for a higher cost than its purchase price. A capital loss is incurred when there's a decrease in the capital asset value compared...

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Capital Gains, Losses and Sale of Home

You may be trying to get your brain around how to figure out basis of property that you receive as a gift. Here's what you have to consider: The adjusted cost basis to the donor just before he or she made the gift to you.The fair market value (FMV) at the time you...

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Living Wills — and How to Use Them

If you find yourself on life support, who will make decisions for you? Unfortunately, it's been estimated that fewer than one in three Americans have what's called a living will or advance health care directive. But no matter what you call it, it's important because...

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Can You Still Deduct Meal Expenses?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to deductions for meals. In fact, it eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities that used to be considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. But you'll be glad to hear that you may continue to deduct 50...

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Do You Have to File an Information Return?

If you engaged in certain financial transactions during the calendar year as a small business or self-employed (individual), you are most likely required to file an information return to the IRS. Below are some of the transactions that you have to report. Services...

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