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Life insurance death benefit may be subject to income tax

Steve Gorin December 5, 2019
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If you transfer a life insurance policy in exchange for money or other property, the death benefit may become subject to income tax. This rule applies even to some nontaxable transfers. Furthermore, any policy issued to a business entity after August 17, 2006 may be subject to income tax if certain documentation was not on file when the policy was issued. READ MORE

Basis step-up: Planning for married couples

Steve Gorin August 7, 2019
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When a married person dies and passes assets outright or in a qualifying trust to the surviving spouse, those assets receive a new basis and are not subject to estate taxes. Under current tax laws, this provides a unique estate planning opportunities through unused exemptions and marital trusts. READ MORE