Donating a life insurance to a non-profit or charitable organization is fairly common. The donation of a life insurance policy to a charity favors both the donor and the recipient. A gift of this magnitude will typically results in an income tax deduction for the donor.Read More
With the 2014 tax session officially closed, consumers are considering ways to use their tax refund. A smart option is to purchase life insurance.Read More
To help look after future generations, many people elect to transfer property and life insurance policies by gift or at death to a person two more generations below himself or herself. Typically, this means grandchildren and great-grandchildren, also referred to as skip-persons. The goal is to have assets pass from grandparent to skip-persons without being taxed in the child’s estate.
Typically, the transferor places assets in trust to children for life, then to grandchildren. Or, the transferor gives property to grandchildren or places it in trust for their benefit.Read More
There are certain tax consequences that come from getting a monetary settlement, which need to be addressed when preparing your annual income tax return. Policyholders eligible for compensation are usually given several options – depending on their life insurance company. The tax ramifications will also depend on the method you choose.Read More
The common misconception is that life insurance is not subject to taxation, which is half-true and half-false. Life insurance is almost always not subject to income taxation; however, under current tax law (2003), it is still subject to estate taxation. As a general rule, life insurance death proceeds are excusable from the beneficiary’s gross income (IRC Sec. 101(a)(1)). Death proceeds from single-premium, term life insurance, periodic-premiums, or flexible premium life insurance policies are received income…Read More
A life insurance policy can take care of those you leave behind – if they have access to it.Read More
Life insurance is widely recommended as an important financial protection for families in the event that a parent or other provider dies prematurely. However, people who do end up as the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy may not always know how to proceed when it comes to taxes.Read More
First instituted by the Revenue Act of 1924, gift taxes are incurred when there is a voluntary transfer (i.e., gift) of cash or other property from one individual to another that is less than fair market value.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines fair market value as, “… the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” Each individual is allowed to donate up to $13,000 in cash or property per donor annually without facing a tax, a practice commonly referred to as the annual exclusion.Read More
Updated rules that govern how much money can be withdrawn from cash-value life insurance policies could cause some unexpected problems for inattentive taxpayers.Read More