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The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Trusts and Estates

By Laura E. LaForgia  |  May 29, 2019

Among the many provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) were some significant changes to the taxation of trusts and estates. Tax Partner Laura LaForgia helps high-net-worth individuals and their advisors understand the temporary and permanent effects on their trust and estate tax planning strategies.

Planning for Life after a QPRT

By Laura E. LaForgia |  Kathi Mintzer  |  August 3, 2017

Laura E. LaForgia and Kathi Mintzer were published in the August 2017 issue of Trusts & Estates. Their article addresses the decisions, choices and considerations that need to be made at the end of a qualified personal residence trust (QPRT).

Have You Outgrown Your Accountant?

By Laura E. LaForgia  |  November 24, 2014

Have You Outgrown Your Accountant?

When it comes to selecting tax advisors, there is a point in your life where equal focus should shift to the value that an accountant may bring to your situation as opposed to putting sole focus on the price of traditional core services such as preparation. Quite often people ignore their intuition that tells them it is time to move on until either the government has reached out to them in some unpleasant way or someone questions whether there are more tax-efficient ways of doing things. Do not miss an opportunity to have your return reviewed by a qualified professional for planning that may equate to current and future tax savings such as estate planning, small business sales tax issues, Schedule D reporting and “married filing separate” issues.

New York State Nursing Home Assessment Credit

By Laura E. LaForgia  |  May 1, 2014

The nursing home assessment credit is a commonly overlooked New York State income tax credit that could provide some real money to those in need. The credit is a refund on the portion of the assessment which a New York nursing home is required to pay to the State and which is then passed through on the nursing home resident’s bill. It is equal to up to 6 percent of the base-rate portion of the assessment and can be claimed by anyone who pays the assessment, whether that person is the nursing home resident or is a relative or other individual responsible for paying the charges.

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the TaxStringer. It is reprinted with permission from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. It can also be accessed by clicking here.

Identity Theft: The Tax and Financial Implications

By Laura E. LaForgia  |  June 11, 2013

By now, everyone is familiar with the phrase “identity theft” and probably knows someone who has been hurt in some way from it. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, such as your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.  This article outlines the areas where people are vulnerable, the techniques thieves can use to steal identities and the tips people should be aware of to protect themselves.

This article originally appeared in Tax Stringer, a publication of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA).  It appeared in the June 2013 issue.