48% Of Companies That Offer Year-End Bonuses Plan To Increase Them, Survey Finds
Many workers will be bringing home fatter paychecks this month, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. More than three-quarters of senior managers polled (76%) said their company offers year-end bonuses. Of those...
Final regulations confirm: Making large gifts now won’t harm estates after 2025
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations confirming that individuals taking advantage of the increased gift and estate tax exclusion amounts in effect from 2018 to 2025 will not be adversely impacted...
How retired CPAs can stay connected to the profession
Volumes of research suggest that volunteering in retirement is one of the best ways to feel connected, and keep your brain sharp. It can also give you a sense of purpose, as longtime volunteer George Krull, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D., can attest. Though...
Machine learning is changing asset management
Machine learning is making inroads into every aspect of business life and asset management is no exception. Here are six ways in which machine learning has transformed the field – from the feel of the trading floor to the ideal skillset.
IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2020
The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2020 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2019-44 (PDF) provides details about these...
401(k) contribution limit increases to $19,500 for 2020; catch-up limit rises to $6,500
The Internal Revenue Service today announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 next year. The IRS announced this and other changes in Notice 2019-59 (PDF), posted today on IRS.gov. This guidance provides...
Elections bring new focus on college debt, which burdens CT students more than others
Like many young couples who are starting a life together today, Dan and Sherry Agabiti carry a burden that’s largely unique to their generation – a large amount of college debt. Dan Agabiti, 28, is a Rhode Island native who wanted the...
The Accountant’s And Attorney’s Guide To New SEC Rules About Financial Advisers: Anticipating Questions From Clients
Clients of accountants and attorneys are bound to ask questions about new SEC regulations that affect their relationships with their financial advisers. To prepare you, here’s the background, along with questions you may be asked.
Is The Financial Planning Profession In Peril?
1969 was a year to remember. We saw the first moon landing, the peaceful gathering of youth at Woodstock and the birth of the financial planning profession. According to Denby Brandon and Oliver Welch, authors of The History of Financial...
Clients don't need high-paying jobs to become millionaires
Investing in a 401(k) or another retirement account is key for clients who want to become a millionaire, researchers have found, according to this article in CNBC. Misconceptions, however, prevent investors from building wealth. For example, it...

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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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