Planning for Oregon’s New State Taxes

KEY INSIGHTS Residents of Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding area (within Multnomah County) have two new income taxes effective January 1st, 2021: The Metro Tax is a 1% personal income tax on income over $125K for single filers and $200K for joint filers. The Multnomah...

Planning for Biden’s Proposed Tax Changes

SUMMARY President Joe Biden has proposed substantial changes to the tax code, mainly focused on individual income and investment taxes, and at least some of them stand to have a significant impact on high-net-worth investors.  The proposed changes create challenges, but also planning opportunities. This...

Navigating Washington State’s New Capital Gains Tax

The newly approved Washington state capital gains tax presents new challenges in tax and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. If you are intending to sell a long-term investment, planning is critical to minimize your capital gains tax. Here’s an overview of what you need to...

2013 Year-End Personal Tax Planning Considerations & Checklist

As we approach year-end, tax planning considerations should be starting to take shape.  New tax legislation has brought greater certainty to year-end planning, but has also created new challenges.  The number of changes made to the Tax Code and the opportunities these changes bring may...

Tax Implications after DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as it violates the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution as applied to persons of the same sex who...

2Q 2013 Market Commentary

“For the loser now will be later to win For the times they are a-changin’” – Bob Dylan With a modest improvement in unemployment, a nascent housing recovery and continued accommodative Federal Reserve, the US markets continued to generate positive returns, albeit with considerable volatility...

Market Update and Outlook – 2Q 2013

In every life we have some trouble When you worry you make it double Don’t worry, be happy….. – Bobby McFerrin 1988 While all of the problems the market has been worrying about for the last few years have not been solved, it seems that...

Tax Filing Reminders….

The filing due date for your individual income tax return is coming up and is due on April 15, 2013.  If you are not going to be able to file your return on time, you can request additional time by filing an extension by the...

Estate Planning in a Post 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act Environment

For many people, the last few months of 2012 were an estate planning headache weighing the costs and benefits of gifting to children or trusts while debating whether the Federal government would increase or decrease the lifetime unified credit.  The lifetime unified credit is the...