Protecting Your House from Medicaid Estate Recovery

After a Medicaid recipient dies, the state must attempt to recoup from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient’s care. This is called “estate recovery.” For most Medicaid recipients, their house is the only asset available, but there are steps you can take to protect your […]


Tips on Creating an Estate Plan that Benefits a Child with Special Needs

Parents want their children to be taken care of after they die. Children with disabilities, however, have increased financial and care needs that can make planning for their long-term welfare tricky. Proper planning by parents is necessary to benefit the child with a disability, including an adult child, as well […]


Maximizing Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Social Security survivor’s benefits provide a safety net to widows and widowers. But to get the most out of the benefit, you need to know the right time to claim. While you can claim survivor’s benefits as early as age 60, if you claim benefits before your full retirement age, […]


Medicare’s Different Treatment of the Two Main Post-Hospital Care Options

Hospital patients who need additional care after being discharged from the hospital are usually sent to either an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) or a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Although these facilities may look similar from the outside, Medicare offers very different coverage for each. While you may not have complete […]


Mid-Year Tax Planning

Year-end tax planning is on the agenda for many taxpayers, with good reason. That said, you don’t have to wait for November or December to make astute moves. Planning in June or July can lead to tax savings that might be reduced or lost altogether if you wait for late […]


How IRAs Affect Medicaid Planning

The national median cost of a private room in a nursing home is $8,365 a month (over $100,000 a year), according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Similar costs for assisted living and home health care are nearly $50,000 a year. Costs are higher in some areas, lower […]


New Rules for Business Travel Deductions

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), business travel is still tax-deductible but there is now a major difference from the past. Relatively few individuals will be able to claim such deductions because, for the most part, deductions can be taken only at the company level. How […]


Tax Calendar: June and July 2019

JUNE 2019 June 17 Individuals. If you are not paying your 2019 income tax through withholding (or will not pay enough tax during the year that way), pay the second installment of your 2019 estimated tax. If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living and working (or on […]


Using the 0% Tax Rate

Generally, profits from selling assets such as securities and real estate held in taxable accounts are classed as long-term if the holding period was longer than one year. Tax rates on long-term capital gains are 0%, 15%, or 20%, depending on the seller’s income. To maximize use of the 0% […]


Working Around the New “Kiddie Tax”

The article on page 1 of this issue of the Tax Bulletin explains that single taxpayers with taxable income up to $39,375 ($78,750 on joint returns) can pay 0% tax on long-term capital gains. That may suggest some income-shifting strategies. Example 1: Suppose that Fred and Grace Holden plan to […]