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Upstream Trusts May Be Solution to Eliminate Capital Gains

In light of recent increases in limits for federal estate tax exemptions under the Tax Cuts and Job Acts (TCJA), AAFCPAs advises clients to consider the suitability of an Upstream Trust as a strategy for taxpayers who have highly appreciated assets to save money on capital gains tax. Upstream Trusts are a new option that AAFCPAs utilizes since the passing of TCJA, which involves taking advantage of the largely unused... continue reading

AAFCPAs Tax Practice Announces New IT Solutions and Process Improvements

The Tax Practice of AAFCPAs is excited to introduce new IT solutions and process improvements that will add efficiency and ease to your client experience for the 2019 tax return filing season. Please review the information below as you may need to take action in order to avail yourself of these new tools. TaxCaddy TaxCaddy is a secure application that will allow you to easily collect, store, and retrieve your... continue reading

AAFCPAs Releases 2019-2020 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

As we approach the second tax filing season under the monumental Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA), we now have a clearer and broader view of what the future holds for businesses, individuals, tax exempt and government entities. This view includes insight into opportunities and pitfalls to consider for 2019-2020. Download AAFCPAs’ 2019-2020 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals >> Provisions of the TCJA included small income tax rate reductions for most... continue reading

Tax Incentives Abound for Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) is a type of charitable tax planning strategy in which a donor contributes assets to a charitable trust which subsequently pays a fixed income to a designated beneficiary, in the form of an annuity. A CRAT lasts until the donor passes away, at which time any funds remaining in the trust are then donated to a charity pre-chosen by the donor. This strategy is... continue reading

IRS Automatically Waives Estimated Tax Penalty for Eligible 2018 Tax Filers

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the IRS is automatically waiving the estimated tax penalty for eligible taxpayers who already filed their 2018 federal income tax returns but did not claim the waiver. Again, this is an automatic waiver, so there is no need to contact the IRS to apply for or request the waiver. Earlier this year, the IRS lowered the penalty assessment threshold from its usual... continue reading

Don’t Let the New Tax Act Affect Your Giving Goals

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that charitable giving had its largest decline since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, citing circumstances such as 2018 tax-law changes and a late-year stock-market dip as the reasons for the decline. At AAFCPAs Wealth Management, we know that taxes are not the reason you give; however, they may affect how much you give, the timing of your gifts, and the vehicle you use. We have... continue reading

Personal Financial Health Check

Listen to Podcasts:   As the flight attendants often say, “It’s critical that you put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others…” This is an important metaphor for all who lead the charge to realize impact on your missions—while maybe sacrificing the time it takes to achieve personal financial health! This fast-paced session led by AAFCPAs Wealth Management’s Wealth Advisor and Partner Carmen Grinkis provides tools so you may begin to... continue reading

AAFCPAs Reminds Those With Foreign Assets of Annual April 15 FBAR Deadline

AAFCPAs reminds our clients who have an annual FBAR filing requirement to be sure to report their foreign assets by the IRS’ April 15, 2019 deadline. Similar to prior years, automatic relief is available. The IRS and US Treasury recently announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will now grant filers missing the April 15 deadline an automatic extension until October 15, 2019 to file the FBAR. Specific extension... continue reading

Year-End Personal Financial Planning Considerations

Year-End Personal Financial Planning Considerations

The end of the year presents a unique opportunity to look at your overall personal financial situation. With factors like tax reform, life changes or just working towards your goals, now is an especially important time to review things. Taking what we now know about the new tax law and weaving together all of the other areas of your personal finances is one of the key ways AAFCPAs Tax and... continue reading

AAFCPAs Releases 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

AAFCPAs Releases 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

Looking for our latest tax guide? Click here for AAFCPAs’ 2019-2020 Tax Guide. Although you cannot avoid taxes, you can take steps to minimize them. This requires proactive tax planning, including estimating your tax liability, looking for ways to reduce it, and taking timely action. In 2018, tax planning is more complicated than usual. Most provisions of the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) go into effect this year,... continue reading