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“Taxing” is a word synonymous with “onerous” and “wearing.”  Bond Beebe, Accountants & Advisors, have created a user friendly blog called “It’s Taxing” to inform and educate our clients and business associates on timely topics related to tax, estates, accounting and finance.  We hope our blog answers your questions and alleviates the heavy burden and anxiety related to understanding complicated tax laws and related matters. 

 

Inherited IRA's Not Protected from Bankruptcy

It is now official that inherited IRAs are not considered “retirement funds” within the meaning of federal bankruptcy law and therefore are not exempt from a bankruptcy estate. This ruling was handed down by the Supreme Court in the case of Clark, et ux v. Rameker on June 12, 2014.

Typically, retirement funds (IRAs and Roth IRAs) are exempt from a bankruptcy estate and therefore shielded from creditors in bankruptcy. This was done to help debtors to provide for their retirement, even after bankruptcy. However, the Supreme Court ruled that inherited IRAs do not qualify as retirement funds.

Retirement Planning: Roth vs. Traditional 401(k) Plans

roth-vs-traditional-401kThis post was written with the assistance of Ashleigh Zeller from the Firm's Benefit Plan sector.  

With many employers now offering a Roth 401(k) component with their retirement benefits, you may be wondering which option works best for your retirement planning purposes. Like most questions involving tax planning matters, the answer is rarely straightforward.

In this post, we’ll look at the differences between Roth and traditional 401(k) plans, as well as Roth IRA and Roth 401(k) plans, and cover some of the tax consequences you may incur when using these retirement savings strategies.

Hiring your Children in your Business – It’s Not So Taxing

hiring-your-kidsIf you own a business, employing your child can be a great opportunity to teach valuable lessons about earning, saving and hard work. It is also an excellent tax-savings strategy for you and your child. However, before you bring your college kid on your payroll for the summer, there are a number of regulations and savings strategies to keep in mind.

Maryland State & County Tax Credit Ruling - Wynne v. Comptroller Update

wynne v comptrollerThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Md. Comptroller of Treasury v. Wynne, (U.S., No. 13-485, cert. granted, 5/27/14) on whether a taxpayer’s resident municipality can tax all of a resident's income or if it must provide a credit for taxes that person paid to other states. This case specifically addresses Maryland’s denial of credits against the MD county income tax; full details are available in our previous post on this case.

IRS Announces New Payment System: IRS Direct Pay

irs-logoIn an effort to provide taxpayers with more service options, the IRS has announced the start of a new web-based based payment system called IRS Direct Pay. Individual taxpayers filing 1040 return series can use IRS Direct Pay 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to pay any balance due on their tax returns or make estimated payments without incurring any additional fees or having to pre-register.

Some of the key features provided by IRS Direct Pay include:

  • Identity verification using information from prior year tax return
  • Instant confirmation that the payment has been submitted
  • 30-day advance payment scheduling
  • Payment rescheduling or cancellation
  • Payment status search

While the current system is limited only to payments for 1040 returns, the IRS has plans to expand the service and offer additional options for users and will most likely add additional payment types in the future. Other future expansions include payment confirmations via e-mail and a login option that would allow users quick access or return visits.
For more information, check out the IRS’ News Release and FAQ for more information.

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A Change to the IRA Rollover Rules

ira-rolloverA Tax Court ruling in January 2014 (Bobrow; TC Memo 2014-21) changed long-standing IRS rules defining when and how often you can rollover money tax-free from one IRA to another.

A “rollover” is defined here as withdrawing money from an IRA and then re-depositing it in the same or a different IRA within 60 days of the original withdrawal. These are considered tax-free transactions and are generally used to change the investment custodian or manager. They are occasionally used as a short term loan. You are allowed to do this once in a 12 month period.

Update: Maryland Estate Tax Exemption to Increase

marylandOn May 15, Governor O’Malley signed into law a bill that will gradually increase Maryland’s estate tax exemption to eventually match the federal exemption, which is indexed for inflation. With these increases, next year Maryland’s exemption will be $1.5 million and will continue to increase until 2019, when it is set to recouple with the federal exemption, which in that year is projected to be $5.9 million.

Full details are available in our previous post on the topic. This is indeed good news for Maryland residents and similar conversation on the estate tax exemption is underway across the border in DC.

Reporting Foreign Assets: Answers to Your Top Questions

fatca-webWith the June 30 deadline approaching for filing FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), we’ve posted over at JDKatz’s "The Joy of Tax Law" blog, providing a number of details on the requirements for reporting foreign assets. Specifically, we answer the following questions:

  • What is FATCA and what do I need to disclose?
  • What is a foreign financial asset?
  • What forms do I have to file for FATCA?
  • What happens if I don’t report foreign assets?

For the full post, visit http://joyoftaxlaw.com/2014/05/06/reporting-foreign-assets-answers-to-your-top-questions/. If you have questions about your specific tax situation, please don’t hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We’re happy to talk to you about the details as they apply to your assets.

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