Month: June 2014

Forget the Gold Standard — What about Bitcoin?

“All money is a matter of belief.” – Adam Smith We have lived through the rise of the personal computer, e-mail, smart phones, tablets, Tesla’s, GoogleGlass, and the like. What’s next? How about a digital currency? Odds are you’ve heard about it. It’s called Bitcoin. For those of you who aren’t quite certain about what… Read More

Who Has to Send 1099s? Do you?

If you are in business, whether self-employed or running a company, you must send a 1099 form (with copies to the IRS) to anyone that you pay money to, unless they meet one or more of the following exceptions: The recipient is a corporation You included the payment in a W-2 form (to an employee)… Read More

"Rent-to-Own" – How Does It Work?

“Rent-to-own” is a way of acquiring an asset – most often a principal residence. Usually, a rent-to-own agreement is a lease with an attached option. The landlord sells the tenant an option to buy the property at a fixed price at some point in the future. There may be a small down payment of some… Read More

What Happens in Case of Return of the Legally Dead?

The reappearance of Brenda Heist last week after being declared legally dead has brought me all sorts of questions. The Pennsylvania Statute that governs the property of absentees and persons presumed dead is at 50 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 5701 through 5706. Generally, if a person disappears and is absent from his place of residence… Read More

Who Fears a Big Bad Tax Bracket?

How many times have you heard someone say “Oh no, that will put me in a  higher tax bracket?” Most of the time these folks do not understand how tax brackets work. A lot of folks, including some very intelligent and/or successful professional types,  erroneously believe that if their income nudges them over into the… Read More

Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits: Income, Property or Both?

Exemptions from tax for non-profits: should an income exemption be enough? Non-profit organizations that meet IRS guidelines are exempt from paying income tax. The tax policy behind the exemption is that these types of organizations benefit the community and therefore reduce the burden on government. A similar policy is behind giving individuals a charitable deduction… Read More

Ohio to Join Fourteen Asset Protection Trust States on March 27

Domestic asset protection trusts are irrevocable trusts that a person creates to protect assets from future creditors. They are termed “domestic” to distinguish them from offshore trusts. Asset protection trusts do not offer income tax protection as all income of the trust is deemed income of the settlor. They are designed to protect the settlor… Read More