Interesting kids down the block. Their chalk drawings inspired this haiku: Hopscotch? Much too tame. / These kids are C.S.I. fans / or quite macabre. And their art got me thinking about death and taxes and impending changes to the federal estate tax.

Interesting kids down the block. Their chalk drawings inspired this haiku: Hopscotch? Much too tame. / These kids are C.S.I. fans / or quite macabre. And their art got me thinking about death and taxes and impending changes to the federal estate tax.

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What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax: U.S. Federal Estate Tax Return

What You Need to Know About the Federal Estate Tax: U.S. Federal Estate Tax Return

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12 Simple Steps to an Estate Plan A checklist to help you take care of your family by making a will, power of attorney, living will, funeral...

12 Simple Steps to an Estate Plan A checklist to help you take care of your family by making a will, power of attorney, living will, funeral...

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Signature needed: Tell John Boehner: Eliminating the Estate Tax is a Gift to Millionaires and Billionaires  On Tax Day, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to repeal the federal estate tax, giving millionaires and billionaires a huge tax break that will cost $270 billion over 10 years.  We can’t let this happen. The wealth of the rich has skyrocketed in recent years. The rest of us are barely getting by. Nothing illustrates more how much the political system is rigged in favor of the…

Signature needed: Tell John Boehner: Eliminating the Estate Tax is a Gift to Millionaires and Billionaires On Tax Day, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to repeal the federal estate tax, giving millionaires and billionaires a huge tax break that will cost $270 billion over 10 years. We can’t let this happen. The wealth of the rich has skyrocketed in recent years. The rest of us are barely getting by. Nothing illustrates more how much the political system is rigged in favor of the…

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IRS Announces 2015 Estate And Gift Tax Limits:  The federal estate tax exemption rises to $5.43 million per person for 2015, but the annual gift exclusion amount stays at $14,000.

IRS Announces 2015 Estate And Gift Tax Limits: The federal estate tax exemption rises to $5.43 million per person for 2015, but the annual gift exclusion amount stays at $14,000.

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Ryan Plan Gets 69 Percent of Its Budget Cuts From Programs for People With Low or Moderate Incomes | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Ryan Plan Gets 69 Percent of Its Budget Cuts From Programs for People With Low or Moderate Incomes | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The amount you can leave to your heirs federal estate tax free is on the rise.

The amount you can leave to your heirs federal estate tax free is on the rise.

Where Not to Die In 2013 - state estate taxes (red) & state inheritance taxes (yellow)

Where Not to Die In 2013 - state estate taxes (red) & state inheritance taxes (yellow)

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When preparing or updating your estate plan, you will need to have a basic understanding of the different types of taxes that can affect your estate - gift taxes, estate taxes, inheritance taxes, generation skipping transfer (or GST) taxes, and income taxes.

When preparing or updating your estate plan, you will need to have a basic understanding of the different types of taxes that can affect your estate - gift taxes, estate taxes, inheritance taxes, generation skipping transfer (or GST) taxes, and income taxes.

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