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‘Tis the Season: Donor Advised Funds

It’s that time of the year again.  As year-end approaches, we get many calls and questions about giving to charity.  A donor-advised fund offers an easy way for a donor to make significant charitable gifts over a long period of time. It’s similar to a private foundation but requires less money, time, legal assistance, and […]

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Can I Make Charitable Contributions From My IRA This Year?

Yes, if you qualify. The law authorizing qualified charitable distributions, or QCDs, has recently been made permanent by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. You simply instruct your IRA trustee to make a distribution directly from your IRA (other than a SEP or SIMPLE) to a qualified charity. You must be […]

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Give Smart – The Top 3 Things to Remember
Now is the time of year to be generous (and savvy about how you do it)

Key Takeaways Giving to individuals Giving to charity Easy ways to give At this time of the year, many people are moved to give to family and charity.  It makes us feel great and so many people benefit from our collective charity that it normally improves society. But, before you start writing checks to support […]

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Getting Charitable: The Basics of Donor Advised Funds

Key Takeaways Donor-advised funds have similar advantages to private foundations but require less time, money, legal assistance, and administration to establish and maintain. A donor can generally take an immediate income tax deduction for contributions, but may spread gifts out over months or several years. Many institutions provide these charitable vehicles. It’s that time of […]

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Thoughts on Raising Financially Responsible Children

Teaching financial responsibility to children is a great way to provide them with knowledge and experience that will help them grow into financially stable adults.  Our first lessons about money come from our parents and they set the frame-work for the critical lessons and behaviors to promote healthy money attitudes and habits in children. Lessons […]

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Decanting a Trust

The Basics A trust is a legal relationship where someone (the grantor) arranges with another (the trustee) to hold property for the benefit of a third-party (the beneficiary). The grantor transfers a split ownership of property–legal ownership to the trustee and beneficial ownership to the beneficiary. The grantor names the beneficiary and trustee and establishes […]

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2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act

Executive Summary On New Year’s Day 2013, Congress passed a far-reaching new law intended to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The American Taxpayer Relief Act, signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013, impacts every taxpayer. Not only does the new law make permanent reduced income tax rates for most taxpayers, it extends […]

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