The ever-changing landscape of state government requires businesses across all industries to stay informed on the happenings in Madison. Welcome to the June 2024 Recap issue of the Capitol Connection.

Inside this issue

Vos Recall Denied by Elections Commission

A months-long back-and-forth between Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and a group seeking to recall the Republican leader ended on June 27th when in a 4-2 decision, the Wisconsin Elections Commission decided that organizers of the effort failed to collect enough
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The TCJA and Estate Taxes could be up in the air depending on the presidential election outcome. With the 2024 election looming, uncertainty hangs over the fate of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. This landmark legislation included a significant increase in the estate tax exemption, allowing individuals to transfer much larger sums to heirs without incurring federal estate tax. However, some key provisions of the TCJA, including the high estate tax exemption, are set to
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Due to the rising costs of education, many Americans are looking for ways to fund the educational expenses of their children and grandchildren.

In 2023, Congress overhauled the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) and the Department of Education’s process for awarding federal student aid, which has taken effect for the 2024–25 award year. These changes included a simplified form, removal of the sibling discount, introduction of a new eligibility formula, modified family and aid considerations, and expanded
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Irrevocable Grantor Trusts (IGTs) have been a popular tool for estate planning. They help you reduce estate taxes, avoid probate, and distribute assets according to your wishes. But a new IRS ruling (Revenue Ruling 2023-2) throws a wrench into things. Let’s break down what this means for you.
What are Irrevocable Grantor Trusts (IGTs)?
Think of an IGT as a locked box. You put assets in the box (like stocks or cash), and a trustee manages them according to
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Making your estate plan tax efficient may not be in the forefront of your mind when it comes to thinking about your legacy. But with the right planning, you’ll be able to make your estate plan tax efficient, saving your assets for future generations. Estate planning is not merely about passing on your assets; it’s also about ensuring that your loved ones receive as much of your estate as possible. One crucial aspect often overlooked is tax efficiency. Taxes
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Wisconsin families received a significant boost with the recent signing of Assembly Bill 1023. The bill was signed into law by Governor Tony Evers on Monday, March 4, 2024. This groundbreaking legislation, effective immediately for the 2024 tax year, expands the state’s child and dependent care tax credit from 50% to 100% of the federal credit, potentially providing substantial relief to families grappling with childcare expenses.

The amended law not only doubles the benefit percentage, but it also
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To continue our holiday series “Harmony of Legacy: A 12-Day Estate Planning Celebration,” we share with you the last days of Christmas. In case you missed the previous days you can find them here in part 1 and part 2.

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing = Gracefully Transferring Your Real Property at Death

Similar to the elegant and harmonious nine dancing ladies, retitling your home into the name of your Revocable Trust ensures the smooth and graceful transition
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The IRS recently made a significant decision that could impact users of platforms like PayPal’s Venmo and Etsy. It has chosen to delay a requirement set by a 2021 law, which mandates companies to send tax forms (1099-K) to customers involved in business transactions surpassing $600.

Key Takeaways from the Delay

This delay for the 2024 filing season brings a sigh of relief for casual sellers, as they will not be receiving the 1099-K form for now, which usually
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Tax efficient gifting is the way to go this holiday season! As the holiday season approaches, many of us think about giving back, especially through gifts from our estate. While it’s a season of generosity and gratitude, it’s also an ideal time to consider how to make your gifting tax-efficient. This post will guide you through the essentials of gifting from your estate during the holidays, ensuring your acts of kindness are also tax-efficient.
How to Make Your
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The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2024 optional standard mileage rates today for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.  The most notable change is the slight per mile increase for businesses.

Effective January 1, 2024, the optional standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 67 cents per mile driven for business use.  This is a slight increase from the rate

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    To continue our holiday series “Harmony of Legacy: A 12-Day Estate Planning Celebration,” we share with you four more days. In case you missed our first few verses, you can find them here.
    Day 5: Five Golden Rings = Jewelry and Prized Possessions
    On the fifth day of Christmas, our attention turns to our favorite things. How to divvy up jewelry and other valuable possessions can lead to disputes among family members and beneficiaries. Wisconsin law permits you
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    Day 1: A Partridge in a Pear Tree = The Foundation of Your Estate Plan
    Welcome to our “12 Days of Christmas” Estate Planning Series. On the first day, let’s start with the basics of how to protect your family tree—or those outside your family tree—with the solid foundation of an estate plan. Whether you are single or married, with children or without, everyone should have an estate plan to assist with their affairs while living and to pass
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    The IRS allowed amounts of the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions will materially increase in 2024. With exemptions reaching historically high levels, this presents a golden opportunity for strategic and tax-free gifting. In this post, we’ll explore the key changes and opportunities you should consider for your financial planning.

    Exemption Amount Increase:

    Starting in 2024, the gift and estate tax exemptions will increase to $13,610,000, allowing individuals to transfer significant assets during their lifetime or at
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    In December, the highest court in the land will hear oral arguments to decide whether a taxpayer will owe a $14,729 tax bill, a relatively insignificant amount but for the potential to require a $271 billion refund to taxpayers and call into question chapters of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that affect millions of Americans.

    In this article, we will discuss why Moore v. United States is a critically important tax case and its implications on the lives of
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    Tax savings for business owners may be found in the Qualified Small Business Stock. As a business owner or professional looking to invest in small businesses, you’re likely always on the lookout for ways to optimize your financial strategy. One powerful but often overlooked avenue for reducing tax liability is Section 1202 stock, also known as Qualified Small Business Stock. Here we’ll break down what Section 1202 stock is, how it can benefit you, and what you need to
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    As we approach the end of September, the possibility of a government shutdown looms large, and the Internal Revenue Service is making preparations for the potential impact on its operations. Below is a summary of the IRS’s contingency plans and what taxpayers can expect in the event of a government shutdown.

    Government Shutdown: A Looming Threat

    If Congress fails to reach a short-term agreement to fund the government by the end of September, a government shutdown is likely to
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