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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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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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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When a loved one passes away, the emotional toll can be overwhelming, and dealing with the complexities of tax implications may not be a priority. However, understanding the concept of “step-up in tax basis” can significantly impact the tax burden on inherited assets. In this blog post, we’ll explore the basics of the step-up in tax basis, focusing on IRC Section 1014, and how Wisconsin’s marital property laws can provide a double stepped-up basis for inherited assets.

What is
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Investors in small closely held businesses looking for ways to reduce their tax liability might want to consider taking advantage of Section 1202 stock, also known as Qualified Small Business Stock. Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code offers a tax break for individuals who invest in certain qualified small businesses.

So, what exactly is Section 1202 stock? In simple terms, it refers to shares of stock issued by qualified small businesses that meet specific criteria outlined in the
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Payable on Death (POD) accounts are offered by banks and other financial institutions to permit an account owner to designate a beneficiary to receive the funds in a savings, checking, CD, or similar account, upon the account owner’s death. If there is a POD beneficiary on a joint account, the named beneficiary will receive the funds upon the death of the last account owner (see our previous article discussing the drawbacks of joint accounts here). Some financial institutions
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A power of appointment is a legal instrument that grants an individual (the “appointee”) the authority to decide how a particular asset or assets will be distributed upon the death of the individual who created the power (the “donor”). The appointee can exercise this power during their lifetime or in their will, and they can direct the asset to be given to any person or entity they choose.

When selecting the type of power of appointment to include in
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When creating an estate plan, one of the most critical decisions you will make is selecting a personal representative and trustee, also known as “fiduciaries.” A fiduciary is a person or institution entrusted with the responsibility of managing assets and carrying out the terms of your estate plan.  Choosing the right fiduciary is essential, as they will play a significant role in ensuring your assets are managed and distributed according to your wishes. This blog post explores the various
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Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) are a powerful tool for those looking to support their favorite causes while also securing a steady income stream for themselves or their loved ones. These trusts are essentially a way to give cash or other property to an irrevocable trust, with the donor receiving an income stream for a set term of years or for life, while the remaining assets go to the named charity at the end of the trust term.

One of
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Donor-advised funds, or DAFs, are a popular way for individuals to support charitable organizations they care about while also receiving potential tax benefits. A DAF is essentially a charitable investment account that allows individuals to make a tax-deductible donation and then invest those account funds for tax-free growth. The individual can then recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity.

Creating a DAF is simple and straightforward. First, an individual must establish a “giving account” with a public charity.
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A Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT) allows a homeowner to transfer their personal residence to a trust for a specified period of time, after which the residence is transferred back to the homeowner or to a designated beneficiary. QPRTs are often used as a tax-saving strategy for homeowners who want to reduce the value of their estate for estate tax purposes.

One of the main benefits of a QPRT is the ability to remove the value of a personal
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An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) is a special kind of trust that is designed to own life insurance. The key characteristic of an ILIT is that it is irrevocable, meaning that it cannot be changed or dissolved once it is created. This characteristic is important because it allows the trust assets to be removed from the estate of the person who creates it, which can help to reduce estate taxes.
An ILIT requires at least one trustee to
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