When you create your estate plan in Florida, you have to prepare for everything. This not only includes ensuring all your assets are accounted for but also that you plan ahead for what happens after you die when it comes to taxes. While the state may assess estate taxes on your estate, the federal government does as well.
Many families are spread across the country these days. This leads to a unique set of issues with interstate transfers of estate property. Florida does not collect death taxes, but other states may do so.
Floridian residents like you pay taxes every year. Not only do you pay for sales and state taxes, but you also pay federal and estate taxes, in some cases. However, in the course of paying for these taxes, you might run into something called an IRS audit.
Not every child in Florida and elsewhere in the United States makes a significant amount of money outside of a job. However, some are fortunate enough to receive a decent amount of spending money from their loved ones. Is this money taxable, you may wonder? If your minor children get an allowance, received monetary gifts from Grandma and Grandpa or have other means of enjoying a full piggy bank - without having a job - you may be interested in learning about the Kiddie Tax.
When you set up a revocable trust for your child in Miami, you may not always consider the tax implications. It is important to consider how this trust will be taxed, though, especially if you want this trust to be your child's inheritance.
As a savvy Florida resident, you know that Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in late December. What you may not have asked yourself, however, is whether or not this new law affects your estate plan.
If you are among the many Florida residents working on your estate plan, you would be wise to consider whether you will have to pay estate tax. If so, it may prove beneficial for you to think about how you might be able to minimize the amount owed. At the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., we have helped many residents work through these and other estate-planning issues, aiding Floridians as they plan for the future while helping them retain more of their own wealth.
If there is a common concern that the many clients that we here at The Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L. have helped to prepare estate tax returns in Miami share, it is the fear of being audited. You know how stressful if can be to prepare your own individual income tax returns every year. Imagine the added pressure that can come with the Internal Revenue Service asking you to justify what you file. Your annual income may not approach the minimum estate tax return filing threshold ($5.49 million for 2017), so your concerns over having to provide a detailed account of all of those assets is certainly justified.
Every spring (or perhaps more often, depending on your employment in Miami) you go through the annual ritual of paying your taxes. Given all of the confusion that is often involved in paying your own taxes, imagine how much more there may be if you have to file a return for the estate of a deceased loved one. The stress associated with it may make you want to forget about the task altogether. Yet what happens if you do?
Your entrepreneurial pursuits in Miami have hopefully yielded a significant windfall for you and your family, and provided people in the local community with jobs. Yet what happens to your business after you are gone? If you have earned significant personal assets, your estate could be subject to the federal estate tax. Many small business owners in your same position come to us here at The Law Offices of Frye and Vazquez, P.L. concerned that their having to pay the estate tax will force the sale of their companies. Should you be sharing this same concern?