IRS: Seniors, retirees not required to take distributions from retirement accounts this year under new law
The Internal Revenue Service today reminds seniors and retirees that they are not required to take money out of their IRAs and workplace retirement plans this year. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, waives...
IRS announces rollover relief for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts that were waived under the CARES Act
The Internal Revenue Service today announced that anyone who already took a required minimum distribution (RMD) in 2020 from certain retirement accounts now has the opportunity to roll those funds back into a retirement account following the...
Relief for taxpayers affected by COVID-19 who take distributions or loans from retirement plans
This includes expanding the categories of individuals eligible for these types of distributions and loans (referred to as "qualified individuals") and providing helpful guidance and examples on how qualified individuals will reflect the tax...
IRS provides relief to retirement plan participants to sign elections remotely
The Internal Revenue Service today provided temporary administrative relief to help certain retirement plan participants or beneficiaries who need to make participant elections by allowing flexibility for remote signatures. The change relates...
Delayed Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) Says it Hopes to Launch Delayed Program Before Year End
The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) has selected Sumday, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, to act as the program’s administrator. The CRSA is responsible for implementing a program to provide private-sector employees with...
3 common misconceptions about defined benefit plans
Defined benefit plans allow small business owners to set aside more money for retirement than other traditional retirement plans. A defined benefit plan is a qualified retirement plan that defines a specific benefit when a person retires; funds...
Essential documents clients must update during COVID-19
CPAs have been especially busy in recent weeks counseling clients through the sudden economic challenges brought on by COVID-19. Because you’ll be communicating with a large number of your clients, this can be a timely opportunity to also...
Connecticut Wealth Management produces interview series to explore disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic
CTCPA member Kevin Leahy, president and CEO at Connecticut Wealth Management, along with Denis Horrigan, partner and co-founder at the firm, have started a video series where they interview professionals in various industries to help business...
IRS Issues FAQs on COVID-19-Related IRA, 401(k) Loans and Distributions
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a series of questions and answers regarding the CARES Act coronavirus-related relief for retirement plans and Individual Retirement Accounts. That’s helpful as folks consider tapping these accounts in the...
11 Tax Tips for the Unemployed
Over the past five weeks, 26.5 million Americans have filed initial claims for unemployment, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s in addition to the 7.1 million unemployed Americans reported before most of the country shut down in...

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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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