April 20, 2021—When the “kiddie tax” became law in 1986, the IRS began taxing a child’s unearned income, such as interest and dividends, at the parent’s tax rate rather than at the child’s far lower rate. Although the kiddie tax rules can lead to harsh consequences for many families, with proper planning they may create tax-saving opportunities for higher-income taxpayers.
As we move through the remainder of 2021, the focus on tax policy to help fund the Biden administration’s initiatives is sharpening. There are numerous tax proposals circulating that may dramatically impact taxpayers soon. Whether any of these proposals pass and in what form remains unclear.
January 26, 2021, GEM 31 — With the Biden administration and Democrat-controlled Congress now in place, the lifetime gift exemption—currently at an all-time high—could revert to a drastically lower level sooner rather than later. Therefore, now is the time for gifting assets while the higher exemption is still available. In today’s podcast, Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo discusses actionable estate planning strategies, including common roadblocks and how to overcome them.