Posted on November 19, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Owning Real Estate in an IRA

Owning real estate in a self-directed IRA can seem like a great way to save for retirement. However, I have found that most clients want to structure the ownership and/or management of the real estate in such a way that they will run afoul of the prohibited transactions rules. […]
Category: IRAs Tags: Income Tax

Posted on November 13, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Prenuptial Agreements – Not Just for Donald Trump

For most engaged couples, the break-up of a marriage is farthest thing from their minds during the months prior to the wedding. […]

Posted on November 9, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

IRS Announces Income Tax Inflation Adjustments

Each personal and dependency exemption will be $3,400, up $100 from 2006. The new standard deduction will be $10,700 for married couples filing a joint return (up $400), $5,350 for singles and married individuals filing separately (up $200) and $7,850 for heads of household (up $300). […]
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Posted on November 9, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

House Passes Estate Tax Relief Act

From on November 6, 2006: Washington D.C. – Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5638, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief Act of 2006. […]
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Posted on November 7, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

What if Your Pet Outlives You?

A recent article by my associate, Rebecca Streamo, J.D: Many of us have spent considerable time planning for the care of our spouse and or children at our deaths or in the event we become ill or incapacitated. […]
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Posted on November 6, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

How to Choose an Estate Planning Attorney

Developing a comprehensive estate plan requires a lot of thought and time, and sometimes a lot of money. It is not always a simple or easy task, so having the right advisor can make all the difference in the world. […]

Posted on November 2, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

2007 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Announced

From the IRS Newswire: IR-2006-168, Nov. 1, 2006 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2007 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. […]
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Posted on October 28, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

New Proposal for Estate Tax Relief

From WASHINGTON – United States Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., announced that she is introducing a bill to bring relief and reform to the federal estate tax system. […]
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Posted on October 23, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

When Your Parents Die Broke

Legally, you’re probably not on the hook for their debts. But anything they owned could be. Here’s what you need to pay, in what order. […]
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Posted on October 19, 2006 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

IRS Announces Pension Contribution Limits for 2007

On October 18th, the IRS announced (IR-2006-1620) the 2007 pension contribution limits: 401(k)/403(b) Elective Deferral Limit (402(g)(1)): $15,500 Government/Tax Exempts Deferral Limit (457(e)(15)): $15,500 […]
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