Health Savings Account Briefly Explained – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

The Health Savings Account is a wonderful thing! Contributions (that are qualified, or allowed) are an income tax deduction on page 1 of form 1040, whether Itemized Deductions on Schedule A are done, or not. And employers can contribute to an eligible person’s Health Savings Account. The employer contribution is not included in taxable income. But you do not need …

Non Tax Estate Planning – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

Of course Estate Planning is done to minimize taxes and be sure the financial matters are done as desired. However, the planning for other than taxes is very important. Designating the best Trustee or Executor and possible successors is not easy, but extremely important to being sure the administration goes smoothly. As time goes by it might be important to …

What if My Stock Investment is Worthless – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

Once in a while a stock or bond you bought has big problems and becomes worthless. A security (stock or bond) that becomes worthless during the year is treated (and reported on your tax return) as if it were sold on the last day of the year. The definition of worthless means the stock or bond has no value or …

Your Surprise IRA Beneficiary – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

Saving for your retirement and possible bequest to family and friends is good to do! Many folks have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) that is a major part of their retirement savings. Your IRA has designated beneficiaries.  Usually you during your lifetime, you will take the distributions from the IRA.  If you are age 70 ½, you must take a …

Gift Tax Rules – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

IRS form 709, U.S. Gift Tax Return, is used to report major gifts done in the year.  The return is due the following April 15th but if an Extension of Time is filed, the due date might be the following October 15th.  Usually the Gift Tax Return does not require a tax payment since each person has an exemption of …

New Death Tax “Portability” Rules – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

Every person has a death tax allowance or exemption of $5,490,000 this year.  If you die with total assets (net of any debts or liabilities) of less than $5,490,000, there is no death tax to pay. If the husband dies first and his total assets (net of debts) are only $1,490,000, his unused exemption is $4,000,000 and it can be …

Let’s Think About Funerals – By John R. Bullis

Nancy Bullis Uncategorized

First a little background.  One of my grandfathers started a mortuary in Hardin, Montana just over a hundred years ago.  It is still run by family, currently one of my cousins.  My father had many occupations, including being a mortician.   When we begin planning for a funeral, one of the first decisions is a choice of wanting burial or …

What is the 3.8% Medicare Surtax? – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

IRS Code Section 1411 charges 3.8% additional Medicare tax on unearned income of high earning taxpayers.  That surtax is called earned income Medicare contribution tax or the Net Investment Income Tax.  It is in addition to the regular income tax.   The tax applies, in certain situations, on investment income such as interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents-unless it is …

Organize Your 2017 Tax Files – By John R. Bullis

Nancy Bullis Uncategorized

It is can be easy to accumulate and save information that will help when your tax return is prepared.  Here are some thoughts and suggestions that will save time for you in the future. First, put all tax related items in one place as the year goes by.  It could be a drawer or a folder or a box or …

Thoughts on Gifting – By John R. Bullis

Kim Pilant Uncategorized

It is easier to give than to receive gifts. Depending on your circumstances and those of your children or grandchildren, maybe it is time to consider doing some special gifts. The gift tax ‘Annual Exclusion’ gifts are not taxable for gift tax purposes.  That means the gift does not reduce the death tax exclusion (the amount you can leave behind …