What to Do If You Haven’t Filed Last Year’s Tax Return or Can’t Pay the Bill

Unless you've extended the due date for filing last year's individual federal income tax return to October 17, the filing deadline passed you by in April. What if you didn't extend and you haven't yet filed your Form 1040? And what if you can't pay your tax bill? This article explains how to handle these situations. "I Didn't File but I Don't Owe" Let's say you're certain that you don't owe Continue Reading

Estate Planning to Minimize Federal Income Taxes

The traditional estate planning approach, aimed at reducing estate tax values, is less relevant for the vast majority of individuals today than it was in the past. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) provides relatively generous estate tax rates, limits and rules for estates. Specifically, the ATRA reduced the top marginal estate tax rate from 55 percent to 40 percent, increased the Continue Reading