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March 24, 2016

 
Frazer LLP
 
 

Hi There!,

If your 2015 tax liability is higher than you’d hoped and you’re ready to transfer some assets to your loved ones, now may be the time to get started. Giving away assets will, of course, help reduce the size of your taxable estate. But with income-tax-smart gifting strategies, it also can reduce your income tax liability — and perhaps your family’s tax liability overall:

1. Gift appreciated or dividend-producing assets to loved ones eligible for the 0% rate. The 0% rate applies to both long-term gain and qualified dividends that would be taxed at 10% or 15% based on the taxpayer’s ordinary-income rate.

2. Gift appreciated or dividend-producing assets to loved ones in lower tax brackets. Even if no one in your family is eligible for the 0% rate, transferring assets to loved ones in a lower income tax bracket than you can still save taxes overall for your family. This strategy can be even more powerful if you’d be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax on dividends from the assets or if you sold the assets.

3. Don’t gift assets that have declined in value. Instead, sell the assets so you can take the tax loss. Then gift the sale proceeds.

If you’re considering making gifts to someone who’ll be under age 24 on December 31, make sure he or she won’t be subject to the “kiddie tax.” And if your estate is large enough that gift and estate taxes are a concern, you need to think about those taxes, too. To learn more about tax-smart gifting, contact us in Brea, 714.990.1040 or Visalia, 559.732.4135, or click the button below to schedule an appointment.

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Online Tax Planning Guide

The passing of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) makes various expired tax provisions permanent and extends other expired provisions for up to five years. This makes tax planning more important than ever. To save the most, you need to not only take advantage of every tax break you’re entitled but also be prepared to act quickly if tax legislation is signed into law. This is exactly what our Tax Planning Guide is designed to help you do.

As you look through the guide, please note the strategies and tax law provisions that apply to your situation or that you would like to know more about. Then, call your Frazer LLP tax advisor with any questions you may have about these or other tax matters or click the button below.

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