Blog

Can a Step-Brother that is a Nonresident of Florida Act as Personal Representative?

By
May 23rd, 2022

Posted in Probate & Guardianship,Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Florida law provides restrictions on who can serve as personal representative (i.e. executor of an estate) when that person is not domiciled in or resident of Florida. A common question we receive when drafting a will for a client is whether the client’s step-sibling (or other step-relative) can serve as personal representative even though the step-sibling (or other step-relative) is not a resident of Florida.


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Are Business Credit Card Rewards Taxable?

By
April 13th, 2022

Posted in Business & Corporate Law

Business credit cards have many benefits and are great for keeping business and personal expenses separate. Also, most of them come with benefits such as cash back, gift cards, consumer protections, or travel rewards based on your spending. Fortunately, these rewards are generally considered rebates and are not income for IRS tax purposes.


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Who Gets My Property If I Don’t Have a Will?

By
March 14th, 2022

Posted in Probate & Guardianship,Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Many people believe that if they die without a will, the state (or government) gets their property.  While this is possible, it is very unlikely to occur.  So, what happens to your property if you die without a will?

When a person dies without a will, they die intestate (whereas dying with a will is called testate).  The Florida Statutes, under Part I of Chapter 732, titled Intestate Succession, presents a hierarchy of classes of people who are to inherit your “intestate estate” if you do not have a will.  That hierarchy is as follows:


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Understanding Death Taxes

By
February 14th, 2022

Posted in Asset Protection,Probate & Guardianship,Tax Law & IRS Defense,Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Many people worry about filing or paying taxes to IRS or the federal government at death. The truth of the matter is that very few need to be concerned. According to IRS data, just 0.15% of decedents needed to file an estate tax return (Form 706) in 2019, and only 0.07% will pay any estate tax. That’s lower than the historical 1% to 2% share. Note there are some states that also have an estate or inheritance tax. Florida is not one of those states.


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Important Deadlines for Taxpayers in 2022

By ,
January 21st, 2022

Posted in Business & Corporate Law,Tax Law & IRS Defense

Calendaring important IRS and tax authority deadlines can help you avoid stress. To avoid paying penalties and other tax consequences, calendar tax deadlines and plan for tax filings with your accountant and other members of your professional team. Below are few examples of important tax deadlines:


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Attention Businesses: Know What the Law Says about Receiving Cash Payments Over $10,000

By
December 17th, 2021

Posted in Business & Corporate Law

Has your business received cash or currency exceeding $10,000 in one transaction or related transactions within a year’s time from a client or customer? If so, the IRS requires you to file Form 8300 within 15 days of receiving the payment. If any additional payments are made during the course of a year, you must report those as well and file additional forms. Transactions that require Form 8300 include:


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Maybe You do Need a Trust – Here’s Why

By ,
December 1st, 2021

Posted in Asset Protection,Business & Corporate Law,Probate & Guardianship,Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

People need an estate plan if they want to ensure that their intentions will be honored after death with respect to the distribution of their assets. If you have an estate plan in place, does it also include a trust (sometimes called a living trust or a revocable trust)? If your current estate plan only consists of a last will and testament, you may want to consider also creating a trust.


Continue Reading »
Share Button

Trust Fund Recovery Penalty for Business Employment Taxes to IRS

By
October 8th, 2021

Posted in Business & Corporate Law,Tax Law & IRS Defense

The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (“TFRP”) was created to encourage prompt payment of withheld income and employment taxes such as social security taxes, railroad retirement taxes, or collected excise taxes. Typically, the employee’s money is held “in trust” until the business owner or responsible party makes a tax deposit to the IRS for the amount owed, e.g. tax withheld on IRS Form 941 Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return.

Problems arise when a business owner or person responsible for collecting or paying withholds these taxes from employees but does not pay the same over to IRS. Some businesses may ignore payment because they are struggling to make ends meet or choose to spend the withheld money elsewhere. Other businesses are simply unaware of the tax obligation or the person responsible takes action contrary to what the business is aware of. Either way, the IRS will seek payment from the business and also look to apply personal liability for the TFRP to certain people who are responsible for payment and willfully do not make payment.


Continue Reading »
Share Button