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...
IRS, Security Summit partners mark significant progress against identity theft; key taxpayer protection trends continue
The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today announced new results from 2018 that show major progress in the fight against tax-related identity theft and added protection for thousands of taxpayers and billions of...
The IRS is changing paycheck withholding, and it'll be a doozy
You finally finished your taxes and are learning – for better or worse – the ins and outs of the new law. But wait, the law isn’t done with you. There’s another complication coming out later this year: The Internal Revenue Service is changing...
Survey: Women Need Help Planning for Family Financial and Retirement Goals
Vast majorities of women say they are prioritizing planning for their retirement (90%) and their family’s future (84%), yet more than seven in 10 feel they are not doing a very good job with either, according to data from Lincoln Financial’s Love...
Talking to clients about tax extensions
As CPAs, we know how to navigate challenging filing seasons. One of those maneuvers is to file tax extensions on behalf of some of our clients. This lengthens the time we have to complete their returns and helps us adhere to our quality control...
Identity theft remains on IRS’ "Dirty Dozen" list despite progress
Despite a steep drop in tax-related identity theft in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers that the scam remains serious enough to earn a spot on the agency’s 2019 “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. “Taxpayers should...

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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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