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Important Tax Numbers for 2015

For 2015 the IRS has given the new limits regarding retirement contributions as well as estate and gift tax exemptions. Regarding retirement contributions employees may now defer $18,000 annually to their employer sponsored plan including a 401k, 403b, and 457 plans. This is an increase from last year’s $17,500 amount. Additionally, employees age 50 or older can now make an age based catch-up contribution of $6,000 which is a $500 increase from last year’s $5,500 amount.

Charitable Donations

This time of year many people find it in their hearts to give. They’ll give to friends, family, loved ones and charitable organizations that can help maximize the gift such as a church, charity, or foundation. Last week I had written about the law of reciprocity and giving, and this week I’d like to mention how you can make your giving work in favor when tax season rolls around. As of this writing there are about 11 days left in 2013. Some individuals will be looking to see how much they can give or how much more they can give in order to receive the biggest tax deduction they can for charitable giving. Of course, gifts to friends and family are not deductible, but there are times when gifts or donations are completely deductible and may be to the tax advantage of the person giving or donating the gift. According to […]

The Law of Reciprocity

As your wealth accumulates and continues to grow, there is a law I want you to be mindful of and respect. You don’t have to follow it, but believe me, it will pay you more than any bank, investment, mutual fund, or stock could ever do. I’m talking about the law of reciprocity. Some call it tithing, luck, karma, reaping what you sow, give and take. Whatever you want to call it, it works. And I highly recommend that you do it. Following the law of reciprocity means giving a little of what you make. It could mean giving to your favorite charity, your church, a friend in need, a homeless shelter, or any other cause or helpful service in your community. The point is to give. And it will come back to you in droves. Don’t ask me how it works, it just does. I promise you that. Consider […]

Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Amount Remains the Same for 2014

All individuals have the opportunity to give gifts annually to any person, and as many persons as they wish, without having to file a gift tax return.  For 2013, the amount of the annual exclusion is $14,000; it remains the same for 2014. This means that anyone can give a gift of up to $14,000 to any person for any reason without worrying about possible gift tax implications.  A married couple can double this amount to $28,000. In 2014, this annual exclusion amount will remain the same at $14,000 ($28,000 for couples). For amounts given in excess of the annual exclusion amount, every individual has a lifetime exclusion amount, against which the excess gifts are credited.  For 2013, the lifetime exclusion amount is $5,250,000.  For 2014, the lifetime exclusion amount for giving is increased to $5,340,000.  These are the same exclusion amounts as for estates in 2014.

Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Increases in 2013

All individuals have the opportunity to give gifts annually to any person without having to file a gift tax return.  For 2012, the amount of the annual exclusion is $13,000. This means that anyone can give a gift of up to $13,000 to any person for any reason without worrying about possible gift tax implications.  A married couple can double this amount to $26,000. In 2013, this annual exclusion amount will increase to $14,000 ($28,000 for couples). For amounts given in excess of the annual exclusion amount, every individual has a lifetime exclusion amount, against which the excess gifts are credited.  For 2012, the lifetime exclusion amount is $5,120,000.  This lifetime exclusion amount is one of the tax law provisions that is set to expire at the end of 2012, along with the other “Bush Tax Laws”. If allowed to expire, the lifetime gift tax exclusion amount will revert to […]

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