Monthly Archives: December 2019

IRS Issues Inflation Adjustments Relevant To Estate And Retirement Planning

By Stanley M. Vasiliadis, Esquire, CELA Here are some important inflation adjustments for 2020: Federal Estate & Gift Tax Lifetime Exclusion Amount.  For persons who die or make taxable gifts in 2020, there is a lifetime exclusion of $11,580,000 -- $11.58 million.  With proper planning, a married couple can combine their exclusions and pass on

Medicare Premiums to Increase By Almost $10 a Month in 2020

After small or no increases the past couple of years, Medicare’s Part B premium will rise sharply in 2020. The basic monthly premium will increase $9.10, from $135.50 a month to $144.60. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the premium increase on November 8, 2019. Not everyone will pay the whole increase,

IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2020 income as a result of buying long-term care insurance. Premiums for "qualified" long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below) are tax deductible to the extent that they, along with other unreimbursed medical expenses (including Medicare premiums), exceed 10 percent of the

Should 529 Funds Be Transferred to an ABLE Account?

Thanks to recent changes in the tax law, families can now make limited transfers from existing 529 accounts to ABLE accounts with no tax consequences. Families with special needs children may be thinking about rolling existing 529 funds into ABLE accounts. Perhaps on the birth of your child, you started a 529 account to save up for college.