February 13, 2017

On January 1, 2017, both the Minnesota and federal estate tax exemptions were updated for decedents dying in 2017. The federal estate and gift tax exemption is $5.49 million per individual (up from $5.45 million in 2016). The Minnesota estate tax exemption is $1.8 million per individual. Minnesota has no gift tax (though gifts made within three years of death can be included in the gross estate). While the federal estate tax i...

September 30, 2016

"Death Taxes" Defined.

The term "death taxes" refers to taxes that are imposed by the federal and some state governments (Minnesota included) on someone's estate upon their death. For federal and Minnesota purposes, the term refers only to estate taxes. Some states also have an inheritance tax which is different from the estate tax. Whereas the estate tax is levied based on the size of a person's estate, an inheritance tax is i...

September 19, 2016

If you are a small business owner, putting a plan in place in the event of your incapacity or death can ensure that your business survives, your family can continue to be supported, and your assets will pass to your family efficiently. Without a plan, your business could be interrupted, have fewer tax saving options, and be subject to probate.  By taking the time to establish a plan now, small business owners can be assured th...

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