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April 2012 Archives

Facebook Billionaires Use GRATs for Estate Plan

We can take a lesson from Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskowitz, the founders of Facebook. Both young, unmarried and with no children, they still did estate planning to save a bundle n estate and gift taxes for their beneficiaries - maybe their as yet unborn children and grandchildren. They used a technique called a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT).

Tax Uncertainty Has Chilling Effect for Businesses and Individuals

Tax season is just over. The filing deadline of April 17 is past. (My son, as a little kid, said he thought there were five seasons - spring, summer, fall, winter and tax season.) As soon as you have calculated the damages for your 2011 Form 1040, the next question for most taxpayers is what can be done to reduce taxes in the future?

Ponzi Schemes and Tax Deductible Losses

Wikipedia: "A Ponzi scheme (named after con artist Charles Ponzi) is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering higher returns than other investments, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. Perpetuation of the high returns requires an ever-increasing flow of money from new investors to keep the scheme going."

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