NINGs, DINGs and WINGs may sound like characters in a new Pixar animated film. In reality, they’re the names bestowed on certain self-settled trusts (sometimes referred to as nongrantor trusts) in states providing a favorable tax environment for these trusts. The acronyms stand for Nevada Incomplete-gift Nongrantor Gift (NING) trusts, Delaware Incomplete-gift Nongrantor Gift (DING) trusts and Wyoming Incomplete-gift Nongrantor Gift (WING) trusts, respectively.
If you’re noticing a trend — none of these three states impose an income tax on its residents — it’s no coincidence. The use of NINGs, WINGs and DINGs is tied directly to tax savings on the state level for high-income individuals. (more…)
By Danny Stumpf, IT Manager
Today, most companies rely on partnerships and subcontractors to deliver their services: marketing consultants, bill collectors, diagnostic labs, and so on. It may surprise you to learn how many different parties are involved in something as simple as buying a cup of coffee. Not only is your transaction recorded by the coffee shop, merchant provider, and ultimately your credit card company, but it is likely at least one of these will archive the purchase in a system maintained by another organization (such as a third-party data warehouse). (more…)
By Jeff Faust, CVA, Director of Valuation Services
ASL Business Valuation Services
First, a little background, 409A is an IRS Code section that requires companies to grant stock options at Fair Market Value (FMV), meaning no discounts anymore. In order for a company to prove they granted stock options at FMV, they’ll need to follow the valuation rules surrounding 409A. (more…)
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides greater flexibility in estate planning for many taxpayers. Under the TCJA, the federal gift and estate tax exemption is increased from $5 million to $10 million, subject to inflation indexing. The indexed amount for 2018 is $11.18 million.
The exemption is effectively doubled to $22.36 million for a married couple. Thanks to the portability provision, the estate of a surviving spouse can use the unused portion of the exemption from the estate of the first spouse to die. (more…)
By Deepa Bhat, CPA, Audit Principal
ASL Construction Group
It is a well-known fact that best in class contractors prepare a work in progress (WIP) schedule on a regular basis. Not only does this practice allow the users of the financials, such as lenders and bonding companies, identify early warning signs, it enables contractors to better measure their progress on jobs and be proactive in seeking change orders and contract revisions. As a constant reviewer of contractor financials, I have found the following most common red flags on WIP schedules that are worth mentioning: (more…)
You probably don’t have to be told about the need for a will. It’s been said over and over again. But do you know what provisions should be included and what’s best to leave out? The answers to those questions may not be as obvious.
Typically, a will begins with an introductory clause, identifying yourself along with where you reside (city, state, county, etc.). It should also state that this is your official will and replaces any previous wills. (more…)
Even though the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the gift and estate tax exemption to $10 million beginning this year (when indexed annually for inflation, the amount is $11.18 million for 2018), there are many families that still have to contend with significant federal estate tax liability. Plus, there may be taxes levied on your estate by your state. If that’s the case with your estate, it’s important to consider a tax apportionment clause in your will or revocable trust. (more…)
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents the biggest overhaul of the tax code in more than three decades. Tax experts are still sorting out all the intricacies. But this much is clear: The TCJA will have a significant impact on estate planning and related aspects, such as charitable giving.
Even though the TCJA reduces tax incentives for making charitable donations for some people, it encourages contributions for others. Let’s take a closer look at the new tax landscape and how it relates to charitable giving. (more…)