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Six IRS Rules to Follow for Year-End Gifts to Charity

The holiday season is often a time for charitable gift giving. Here is a list of tax rules to follow to ensure your charitable deduction is respected by the IRS: - Qualified Charities. You can only deduct gifts to...more

'Tis the Season for Year-End Charitable Gifts

As you are making your list and checking it twice, you might want to consider whether you want to make any year-end gifts to your favorite charities. If you do, you will be in good company. According to the National...more

Tax Blog: Tax Tips for Gifts to Charity

As the holidays approach and the end of the year draws near, the IRS has again released its list of tips for giving to charity. Of course, these rules apply to obtaining a legitimate tax-deduction for the donation. If that is...more

Some Year End Charitable Giving Reminders

The ability to make direct charitable contributions from IRAs is due to expire at the end of the year. Under present law, an IRA owner, age 70 or over, may directly transfer tax-free up to $100,000 per year to an eligible...more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

‘Tis the Season – For Year-End Charitable Giving

Most people make the bulk of their charitable contributions during the year-end holiday season. This post summarizes some of the charitable giving ideas and opportunities, as well as some planning reminders, that donors may...more

Smarter Ways to Make Year-End Charitable Gifts

One way you can make a year-end charitable gift is to write a check to the charity and take a charitable deduction on your income tax return. The problem is that you're using “after tax dollars” to make the gift....more

Fully Appreciating Year-End Charitable Gifts

As year-end approaches, many of you are finalizing your charitable gifts for the year. For tax deductibility purposes, charitable contributions are governed by several rules. One of the best strategies to reduce your...more

Feeling Generous This Year?

Giving to others is rewarding in and of itself, but it's always nice to see your generosity provide you with a tax benefit and result in a lower tax bill. In our tax law practice we represent many individuals and one of the...more

Political Giving, Like Charitable Giving, Raises Special Year-End Issues

Just as the end of the year can be a good time to make charitable donations, it can also be a good time to make political contributions for those who give frequently in federal elections....more

The Top 10 Things That Every Business Owner Should Do At Year-End

As a business owner, all year you have likely been running around acting as manager, developer, business generator, marketer, human resource manager and administrative assistant. Given the numerous roles, it is often tough...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part III

Maximizing Charitable Strategies When Cash is Short 1. Overview - This series has focused on strategies to reduce taxation for the current tax year and the impending fall off the Cliff. This installment will...more

The Importance of 2012 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

The end of 2012 may bring unexpected and adverse changes formany taxpayers due to the scheduled December 31, 2012, expiration of a number of tax cuts. Because most of these tax cuts have been in effect since 2001, many...more

Windows of Opportunity: Year-End Gift Planning Opportunities for 2012

Although the end of the year is several months away, it is time to think about taking advantage of the generous tax savings that may be available for 2012 only. The 2010 Tax Act made significant changes to the estate,...more

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