About the Author

Thomas Kelley, CPA, CFP®, AEP®

Vice President and Director of Income Tax Planning
Wilmington Trust

As part of the Wilmington Trust Emerald Family Office & Advisory team, Tom is responsible for developing customized and comprehensive wealth transfer and financial management plans for high-net-worth families and business owners throughout the United States. Tom’s areas of proficiency include estate and retirement planning, income tax strategies, investment planning, and charitable planning.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Tom held various senior tax and wealth planner positions with Bank of America and Brown Advisory.

Tom holds a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance and minor in economics, from Towson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Maryland, Certified Financial Planner certificant (CFP), and an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) through the National Association of Estate Planning Councils.

Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Baltimore Estate Planning Council, and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.


By the Author

Preparing for the Wave of Tax Law Change

Cailin MacLean and Thomas Kelley, CPA, CFP®, AEP® |
Wealth Planning

With potential tax law changes on the horizon, now is a good time to be certain you are informed and prepared.As fiscal stimulus and relief plans continue, Congress and the presidential administration have given guidance on how the revenue needs will be met.With highly anticipated potential tax law changes on the horizon, it may be wise to review proposals that could affect your future planning.As of May 28, 2021, the Dept.

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Managing the Tax Basis of the Assets in Your Trust Can Reduce Income Taxes

Thomas Kelley, CPA, CFP®, AEP® |
Emerald GEMs

November 3, 2020, GEM 25 — A common mistake some people make is once they create a trust, they forget about it. They don’t see that ongoing evaluation of the trust and its tax basis can potentially yield income tax benefits down the road. Director of Income Tax Planning Tom Kelley discusses how you can potentially reduce your income tax liability by proactively managing the assets in your family’s trusts.

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Tax Planning Considerations in an Election Year

Thomas Kelley, CPA, CFP®, AEP® |
Emerald GEMs

September 29, 2020, GEM 22—With this being an election year, three potential tax scenarios could affect your year-end planning efforts. First, consider the tax laws that President Trump instituted in 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, then look at the older tax provisions that are still in effect, and finally consider how your planning might be affected by the tax proposals put forth by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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Episode 7: Tax-Loss Harvesting and Savings Opportunities

Thomas Kelley, CPA, CFP®, AEP® |
Emerald GEMs
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June 16—With the economy and markets in turmoil, you may be asking: How do I use the losses in my portfolio to my advantage? Director of Income Tax Planning Tom Kelley, discusses how to turn a market loss into a gain through tax-loss harvesting. In times like these, it is important to recognize that harvesting these losses now, when done appropriately, helps enable tax savings today and potential tax savings in the future.

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