Before You Dismiss Mindfulness...
What comes to mind when you think of mindfulness? For many it’s an image of a yogi, a Buddha, or a wellness influencer. Maybe it’s a phone app or a fitness outlet. For me, it’s science. Mindfulness has become a buzzword synonymous with...
Poll: Most Residents Say It’s Tough To Maintain Standard of Living in Connecticut
More than half of Connecticut residents believe it is “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to maintain a standard of living, according to a new poll by Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy. The 58.7% of residents who...
IRS Warns About New Variations On Long-Running Tax Scams
It may be summertime, but that doesn’t mean that scammers are on vacation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is encouraging taxpayers to be on the lookout for a “surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.” The IRS is specifically...
Connecticut Enacts Historic and Sweeping Trust Legislation
The Connecticut legislature has enacted HB 7104, an Act Concerning the Connecticut Uniform Trust Code. This massive bill, over 90 pages in length, adopts four major categories of revisions to trust law that will greatly enhance the...
2020 limits on HSA contributions are issued
The IRS in Rev. Proc. 2019-25 announced the annual inflation-adjusted limits on deductions for contributions to a health savings account (HSA) allowed for taxpayers with family coverage under a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) for calendar year...
2019’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms
Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and more than 70 percent of moms with young children are working. Yet women earned only 85 percent of what men made in 2018 and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that only 4.8...
For those who missed the tax-filing deadline, IRS says file now to avoid bigger bill
While the federal income tax-filing deadline has passed for most people, there are some taxpayers who have not yet filed their tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service encourages them to file now, even if they can’t pay to avoid potential...
Done with taxes this year? Use 2018 return to get 2019 withholding right
Millions of taxpayers filed a 2018 tax return in the last few weeks, making now a prime time for everyone to consider whether their tax situation came out as they expected. If it didn’t, they can use their recently finished 2018 return and the...
How to Adopt a Retirement Distribution Mindset
Switching from a savings mentality during your working years to a spending one in retirement takes a good plan. Here are some strategies for positioning your savings to safely and comfortably support your retirement lifestyle.
An Investment Expert's Advice on Income Tax Planning
Income tax planning is a year-round and continuous evaluation for your clients. Although their tax returns are not due until April 15, without extensions, it is important to make sure you assist them throughout the year. A little extra help will...

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    Why Everyone Should Be Paying Attention to the Medicaid Debate 

By CzepigaDalyPope LLC

While the American Healthcare Act or ACA (also known as Obamacare) has so far escaped the repeal-and-replace hatchet, the debate over how to restructure healthcare in this country is far from over.

One of the most controversial elements of that debate is Medicaid. Despite the broad news coverage on this topic, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about what Medicaid is, who uses it, and how it’s spent.

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Limit Your Liability AND Reduce Your Estate Taxes: Get a QTIP Trust

By Paul T. Czepiga, CzepigaDalyPope LLC

Let’s set the stage. You are a professional service provider and are concerned about professional liability exposure. Or you are engaged in a business that is high risk and you are worried about being sued.

So your lawyer said put all your assets in your spouse’s name.

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  Connecticut CPA magazine feature
U.S. Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule Now Applies
Expands definition of investment advice

By George J. Kasper, J.D., LL.M., Pullman & Comley; Member, CTCPA Employee Benefit Plans Interest Group

Last year the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a controversial new fiduciary regulation (the “Fiduciary Rule” or “Rule”) and related exemptions that impact investment advisers to certain retirement plans, IRAs, and other similar arrangements. The Rule has garnered much attention due to its broad application not only to financial institutions and their advisers, but others who provide services to plan sponsors, participants, and retirement account owners as well. In the midst of ongoing debate, legal challenges, and a directive from President Trump, the DOL delayed the Fiduciary Rule “applicability date” until June 9, 2017.

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Obama’s Fiduciary Rule, After a Delay, Will Go Into Effect

New consumer protections requiring financial advisers to put their customers’ interests ahead of their own – at least when handling their retirement money – will take effect next month, putting to rest the question of whether they would be delayed further.

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Federal and Connecticut Estate Tax Tension: Two Big Reasons to Add a Trust to Your Estate Plan

By Paul T. Czepiga, CzepigaDalyPope LLC

Connecticut residents are exposed to both a federal estate tax and a Connecticut estate tax if their net worth at death exceed a certain level. Unfortunately, the net worth level at which these taxes apply, and how they apply, is different for the federal estate tax and for the Connecticut estate tax.

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Challenging a Will in Connecticut – What You Need to Know

By David Green, CzepigaDalyPope LLC

Contrary to popular belief, a Will or Last Will and Testament, isn’t always written in stone. Quite frequently, disputes arise over the contents of a Will and the parties who are at odds must seek outside help to resolve the issues. Because there are often conflicts of interest around such disputes, it’s important for each party to retain appropriate legal guidance to ensure that their rights are protected.

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  Connecticut CPA magazine feature
College Funding Survival in the Wake of Divorce

By John F. Pearson, CPA, CASL, Barnum Financial Group

I’ve been doing college funding workshops at Connecticut high schools for close to 10 years now, and I’ve met hundreds of high school parents looking for the “golden ticket” that is going to make paying for college somehow magically affordable.

By my count, about one in four appointments I have with workshop attendees are with single parents – typically moms. Late 40s, early 50s, divorced. As part of the settlement, she got the house and joint custody, but the children seem to spend the majority of time residing with her.

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  Connecticut CPA magazine feature
College Funding Advice: Should it Be Part of Your Practice?

By John F. Pearson, CPA, CASL, Barnum Financial Group

The average CPA in public practice in Connecticut is in his or her 50s. This means that, for most of us, paying for college for our kids is a present (or recent) reality – one that most of us would likely just as soon forget.  You’ve got a lot of clients who feel the same way.

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