Month: December 2012

How to Make Gifts of Money or Property to Minors

Many folks wait until the end of the year to make their gifts – both gifts to charities and gifts to individuals. This year the annual exclusion from the gift tax is $13,000. (On January 1, 2013 it rises to $14,000.) A person may give up to $13,000 to as many recipients as he or… Read More

Affordable Care Act 3.8% Surtax on Net Investment Income

A new 3.8% surtax on certain investment income starts January 1, 2013, as part of the health care reform legislation. It applies to net investment income of higher-income individuals. The 3.8% surtax is in addition to your regular income tax, and it is also in addition to any alternative minimum tax. “Net investment income” includes… Read More

A Change in Your Circumstances Can Change your Will

The ability to make a will is a right given by state statute. If you don’t make a will, the state law of intestacy determines who gets your property. If you do make a will and things in your life change, sometimes state law causes a change in your will. This is called “modification by… Read More