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by Lastrun
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Isn’t 39.6% tax better than 10% tax? (state estate tax vs. trust income tax)
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Re: Isn’t 39.6% tax better than 10% tax? (state estate tax vs. trust income tax)

Given both the income tax benefits of leaving retirement benefits to the spouse, and the change in the Minnesota estate tax exempt amount, you might want to consider naming the spouse as the primary beneficiary, the credit shelter trust as the second level beneficiary, and the issue or trusts for t...
by Lastrun
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index
Replies: 95
Views: 7312

Re: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index

For someone who wants to start investing and actually wants a "why" the distinction between mitigating risk and diluting risk is the sort of distinction they should understand. As far as web links the 2nd I came across covered the concept fine: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dilution...
by Lastrun
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?
Replies: 20
Views: 1180

Re: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?

Here is another question (do not know answer and may depend on local/state details): Some taxing jurisdictions offer exemption and/or deferral of real estate taxes for those of a certain age who have under a certain income and under an asset threshhold - not including home equity. Migh certain owne...
by Lastrun
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?
Replies: 20
Views: 1180

Re: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?

I have a related question that I would like to pose: My wife and I have our house titled in the name of our living trust. We are both around 70 years old. If we wanted to sell the house while we were both still alive, would we only get one $250K capital gain exemption as opposed to two $250K capita...
by Lastrun
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?
Replies: 20
Views: 1180

Re: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?

If the pour over Will passes the real estate to the trust, it is an easy process but don't they still owe probate taxes? Yes, they would and this is a fair point. Some points: 1. You likely will want to file a deed of confirmation after death, if for no other reason than to just have it clear in a ...
by Lastrun
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?
Replies: 20
Views: 1180

Re: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?

"Pros and Cons of Revocable Transfer-on-Death Deeds in Virginia," https://insightlaw.net/news/bobbys-blog/pros-and-cons-of-revocable-transfer-on-death-deeds-in-virginia Everything else being equal if you want to avoid probate TOD is a no brainer. I'm surprised the link doesn't mention the...
by Lastrun
Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?
Replies: 20
Views: 1180

Re: Your house can bypass probate in Virginia--true?

It is TRUE in Virginia that real estate is not part of the probate estate UNLESS the Will specifically provides that the real estate be sold or gives the executor power of sale. So your lawyer is smarter than 99% of my fellow members of the VA Bar. In Virginia, this is referred to as the "drops...
by Lastrun
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Planning-Question on Trust
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: Estate Planning-Question on Trust

Based on the above, in my trusts I make the definition of incapacity very simple and allow the successor trustee to step in easily when needed. Why drag two doctors into the situation. If you are drooling, it is a waste of time, if you are not, and don't want to cede power to the successor trustee,...
by Lastrun
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What no-charge services do you get as a Flagship Select member at VG?
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: What no-charge services do you get as a Flagship Select member at VG?

I have the same question. Currently, everything is in VG Target Date 2035 and Total Bond in tax deferred and the rest in a Three Fund in taxable. So I suspect two things: 1. I will get pitched for PAS; and/or 2. As a result of either Flagship or PAS, I will receive advice that I need more allocated ...
by Lastrun
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Estate Planning-Question on Trust
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: Estate Planning-Question on Trust

Ages ago our attorney cautioned against these springing powers . He said that financial institutions are very reluctant to accept that whatever is supposed to be the trigger has actually occurred. Who determines that and how is the firm protected if later it is sued for accepting a successor inappr...
by Lastrun
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you count vehicle equity in net worth?
Replies: 175
Views: 6623

Re: Do you count vehicle equity in net worth?

Who are "they"? Are we being monitored?? Exactly. File them with who? In a file cabinet or are we talking with some company or agency? Who else gets you to file financial statements? As I said, it is interesting that many of you do not need to routinely file financial statements. Just int...
by Lastrun
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you count vehicle equity in net worth?
Replies: 175
Views: 6623

Re: Do you count vehicle equity in net worth?

Wolf349 wrote: Why are you tracking net worth? The answer to that question will help provide the answer to yours. I do--include cars on my personal financial statement (PFS). Interesting, that it appears many of you do not file financial statements on a regular basis. My rationale is not to increas...
by Lastrun
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your View: Vanguard Variable Annuity or just use Taxable account
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: Your View: Vanguard Variable Annuity or just use Taxable account

All of the comments so far are excellent, but I would like to focus in what I think is critical and what is less so: 1. I would not focus on the loss of basis step up, IRD, ordinary income issues as there is little distinction here between the VA and a 401K or Trad IRA. Neither of those arrangements...
by Lastrun
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with Revocable Trust- Bloodline?
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Re: Help with Revocable Trust- Bloodline?

This is a common concern of clients illustrated by the following hypothetical. Last parent does and estate passes to 28 year old son, recently married with 6 month old child of the marriage. Son dies 6 months after last to die of parents death. Assuming son has a will, it is likely it says "all...
by Lastrun
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amtrak Autotrain: Virginia to Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 1218

Re: Amtrak Autotrain: Virginia to Florida

To my knowledge, this is the only Auto Train in the USA. Designed to let Yankees from NY, drive to VA by the early afternoon, board the train and wake up in FL the next day. :D ResearchMed is right on. My DW and DD used to take this when DD was very young to visit DW's mother. I took it once for the...
by Lastrun
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why do Vanguard Target Retirement funds have no REIT?
Replies: 6
Views: 500

Re: Why do Vanguard Target Retirement funds have no REIT?

Just to be a little clearer: Form Vanguard's white paper: "Note that Vanguard does not maintain a separate allocation to real estate investment trusts (REITs) within the TDFs. However, we do include exposure to REITs as part of the U.S. and non-U.S. equity allocations at their market weight&quo...
by Lastrun
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: irrevocable trust for children receiving an inheritance
Replies: 54
Views: 3954

Re: irrevocable trust for children receiving an inheritance

On the vested interest issue, I am just not sure as it depends on the exact trust language: 1. To B, in trust, until B=age 30, then outright. If B dies before 30, then to B's descendants, per stirpes. This is NOT a vested interest under the Act. So you could modify this as part of the decant. 2. To ...
by Lastrun
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: irrevocable trust for children receiving an inheritance
Replies: 54
Views: 3954

Re: irrevocable trust for children receiving an inheritance

I would tread very carefully here. Bsteiner has some great points, but I would seek the advice of a good trusts and estate lawyer to run through the decanting issues. Some thoughts: 1. Is the interest vested? The Uniform Trust Decanting Act defines a "vested interest" as "a right to r...
by Lastrun
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: International Stocks - New thoughts
Replies: 83
Views: 5955

Re: International Stocks - New thoughts

The "at least" 20% and "no more" than 20% international has been debated elsewhere, although this is the first time I think with great Venn diagrams. I don't see either approach as exclusive. Here is what Vanguard has to say: "Our research has shown that allocations of 20% n...
by Lastrun
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How can undistributed trust income be taxed at beneficiary tax rate?
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: How can undistributed trust income be taxed at beneficiary tax rate?

You are on the right track with the grantor trust rules. Since you are presumably committed to making a taxable gift to him, what if the funds are temporarily gifted to him and then HE transfers the assets to the trust as the grantor. The trust could be structured with a benign grant of a power to h...
by Lastrun
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Individual (Solo) 401K Rules for a single member LLC - Husband and Wife
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: Individual (Solo) 401K Rules for a single member LLC - Husband and Wife

Read this: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-02-69.pdf The issue centers on whether the "ownership" interests in the LLC remained as community property in the move to NY. Also, I am not sure continued operation of the business is determinative. Rather, the ownership of the LLC interests ...
by Lastrun
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Individual (Solo) 401K Rules for a single member LLC - Husband and Wife
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: Individual (Solo) 401K Rules for a single member LLC - Husband and Wife

Who is correct depends on the state you live in? There is a good discussion here http://www.limitedliabilitycompanycenter.com/husband-wife-llc.html Also the IRS has some decent stuff on their website. Short answer is CPA is right IF you live in a NON community property state, but in a community prop...
by Lastrun
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax efficient ways of liquidating S-Corp brokerage account?
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Tax efficient ways of liquidating S-Corp brokerage account?

You should seek the advice of a tax professional. You will trigger gain on the distribution of appreciated securities (in kind) from the S corporation pursuant to Section 311(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Search around the web for "distribution of appreciated assets from S corporation" ...
by Lastrun
Wed May 03, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: VA Land Preservation Tax Credit
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: VA Land Preservation Tax Credit

Some thoughts. I googled it and got more information on it and am slowly educating myself on it. It looks like the state of Virginia (I am a resident, so am eligible) [ anyone who pays VA taxes can use the credit , you do not need to be a resident] gives tax breaks for the donation of land to the p...

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