With tax season approaching, it is important to begin getting prepared to ensure a smooth process of filing. Taxes can be complicated due to several rules surrounding different financial scenarios for people. Tax information regarding retirement income, Social Security benefits, pensions, retirement accounts and more are all included.
This in-depth guide is designed to provide up to date information about senior tax preparation and may help clear up questions you have during this upcoming 2021 tax season.
You can find information on calculating tax rates, AARP tax aide, some expert tips and additional resources from the IRS.
All of the resources from RetireGuide.com are written and reviewed by experts; this article being no different. Though it is not financial advice, all information included in this “Tax Prep for Seniors” article is reviewed by Ebony J. Howard CPA.
People often ask our law firm about taxes, and we understand their concern. We appreciate they dont want to pay any more money in taxes, and we certainly dont want to give the government any more money. We are sure many people feel they would prefer to give the money to their kids. That is why its important for you to know more about the four death taxes that apply to Pennsylvania residents. Only three of the taxes apply in other states, but Pennsylvania also has inheritance tax. The four taxes I want you to know about, with regard to your estate plan, are the Federal Estate tax, the Pennsylvania Inheritance tax, the Capital Gains tax and the Secure Act. The Federal Estate TaxThe Federal Estate Tax does not apply to middle-class Americans. The current exemption allows for you to die with up to $12.9 million each. That would be $26 million for a married couple. Everybody asks about federal estate tax because in the 1990s, the lifetime exemption was below 1 $million. As a result, many people were affected in the 90s. Fortunately since then the exemption allowance has been increased.The Pennsylvania Inheritance TaxThe Pennsylvania death tax is an inheritance tax, owed by the people inheriting the money. Your relationship to the person who passed away, determines the amount of tax you pay. When you leave money to your descendants, including your kids and grandkids, they will pay 4.5% tax. Leaving money to your ascendants such as your parents or grandparents is also 4.5% tax.If you dont have kids, and you leave money to your siblings, they will pay 12% tax. Leaving money to anyone else, including nieces, nephews, friends or neighbors, requires they pay 15% inheritance tax. This is substantial amount of tax to pay. However, to avoid your heirs paying any tax, you have to give up control of your money, which I advise my clients not to do. Pennsylvania inheritance tax rates for siblings or nieces and nephews, is discriminatory. Essentially, we are also discriminating against couples who cant have children. This is particularly relevant in families where a couple without children, who wants to leave money to their nieces or nephews. It doesnt seem fair that the inheritance tax rate is 15%.Rather Pay Inheritance Tax Than Capital Gains TaxThere is this idea among seniors, who think that putting their house in their kids name to save their kid paying 4.5% inheritance tax, is a good idea. What they dont realize is that it is preferable to pay the Pennsylvania inheritance tax, compared to paying capital gains tax. I believe that if your child is going to inherit $100,000, he can afford to pay the 4.5% inheritance tax. You should not have to be concerned about saving him 4.5%.Capital Gains TaxA capital gains tax is due upon the sale of an asset that has grown in value. If dad bought his primary residence for $100,000 and he sells it for $300,000, the gain of $200,000 is largely exempt from capital gains tax. If dad gives the house to his son, his kid owns it for $100,000. Assuming that dad has to go to the care home a few years later, his son sells the house to pay for dads care. Since the house is not the sons primary residence, he has to recognize a $200,000 capital gain. The same principle applies to rental properties if they are not the primary residence of the person selling the property. Essentially, this family made a $54,000 tax mistake, given that the rate of capital gains tax is 18%.If you leave assets in your estate until you pass away, and it is held in a trust, your kid inherits the assets at date of death. While your child will pay Pennsylvanias inheritance tax which will be $13,500, the stepped up basis is applied. This means that the house that Dad bought for $100,000, is now worth $300,000. His son has inherited the house for the date of death value, which is $300,000. He is allowed to sell it for $300,000 without having to pay the capital gains tax. The Secure ActAnother tax you need to know about is the Secure Act, which passed in October of 2019 and became law in January of 2020. This is the biggest tax hike against the middle class.Most middle class Americans have all of their money in home equity and retirement accounts. If you have a retirement account, an IRA, or a 401k, this Secure Act will affect you.Before the Secure Act was implemented, if my dad passes away, leaving me his retirement account, it becomes my retirement account, known as the inherited IRA. This meant that money could stay in the stock market with tax deferred growth for several decades. I would need to take distributions at regular intervals, but most of the money would stay in the fund. Since the Secure Act, the rules have changed significantly. Now, when you pass away and you leave your retirement account to your kid, he has to pull all the money out of the account, within 10 years. This means that one loses out on many decades of tax deferred growth. In addition, if you inherit the money when you are 55, you are likely still working and paying high income tax. Now you have to add your dads 401k which means youll be paying even more income tax.Let Us Help YouIf you want to learn more about how to protect yourself and your legacy, come to one of our Three Secrets Workshops. Call 724-564-6615 to register.
In the realm of senior therapy, the integration of music and arts stands out as a transformative approach to holistic well-being. Recent studies highlight the profound cognitive benefits that music can offer to seniors, from stimulating memory recall to enhancing overall cognitive function. Whether through familiar melodies that evoke cherished memories or the joy of learning a new instrument, music becomes a powerful tool for self-expression and connection, particularly for seniors facing cognitive decline. Simultaneously, engaging in visual and performing arts provides an avenue for creative expression, offering a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The emotional impact of these creative endeavors is equally significant, alleviating feelings of loneliness and fostering a sense of community through shared experiences in choir singing or art classes.In essence, the incorporation of music and arts into senior therapy transcends mere entertainment, becoming a vital aspect of promoting the overall well-being of older individuals. By tapping into the creative spirit, seniors can find avenues for cognitive stimulation, emotional connection, and a renewed sense of purpose. As society recognizes the importance of a comprehensive approach to senior care, the role of music and arts in therapeutic practices emerges as a valuable and enriching endeavor for the aging population, contributing to a fulfilling and vibrant later life.
In a world bustling with new experiences and breathtaking landscapes, age should never be a barrier to wanderlust. Senior travel, often overlooked, is a realm of endless possibilities and enriching encounters. Ageless Adventures is a celebration of this spirit, inviting seniors from all walks of life to embark on transformative journeys across the globe. As the golden years gracefully unfold, theres a growing recognition that travel is not just for the young and restless; its a tapestry of discovery, connecting seniors with the world's diverse cultures, cuisines, and captivating histories. Imagine strolling through the vibrant streets of Kyoto, savoring the aroma of freshly brewed Italian coffee in Rome, or marveling at the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu. These are not mere dreams; they are the vivid realities woven into the fabric of senior travel.Ageless Adventures strives to make these dreams tangible. Through meticulously curated itineraries, seniors are guided to explore destinations tailored to their interests and pace. Whether its delving into the artistry of Parisian museums or finding solace amidst the serene beaches of Bali, every adventure is designed to nurture the soul and spark curiosity. Beyond the breathtaking scenery, these journeys foster a sense of community, where like-minded individuals forge lifelong friendships, share laughter, and create cherished memories. Traveling, after all, is not merely about the places visited; its about the stories shared, the perspectives gained, and the moments that take your breath away. Ageless Adventures invites seniors to step into a world where age is but a number, and every passport stamp is a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration. So, let the adventure begin, and let the world be your timeless playground.
Senior Living at Villa Pueblo is a PUEBLO ORIGINAL and is celebrating 60 years of serving the Pueblo community. A spacious apartment in our landmark high rise (tallest building in Pueblo) is an affordable option for active seniors. With bundled living prices, residents enjoy a full range of amenities and activities. We consistently exceed national averages for customer service and our friendly staff is the reason why. Let the team at Villa Pueblo handle all of your maintenance and housekeeping chores. Each apartment includes a full kitchen, carpeting, and window coverings and residents enjoy the sliding glass doors that open to your own private balcony with incredible views. Plus, there is never a buy-in fee and and you dont have to make any long-term commitments. Many residents find that the cost of living at Villa Pueblo is less than the cost of owning and maintaining a home. Many updates and enhancements have been completed, including a modern penthouse with outdoor space. Come see what is new!