NAEPC Webinars:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET - Complimentary Sponsored Webinar: Sold a Dream, Woke Up in a Nightmare: Educating Your Clients about a Timeshare’s True Costs

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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Over 9.2 million U.S. households own a timeshare product, but the vast majority are unsatisfied with what they’ve purchased, unhappy about additional fees, or generally unsure of what their signed contract entails. The timeshare industry’s sales volume rose from 9.2 billion in 2016 to 9.6 billion in 2017, nearly a 4% increase and more than a 26% increase since 2013. Millions of dollars are spent luring potential buyers to “own the dream” and giveaways include “free” vacations, gift cards, or meals. When guests collect, they are often greeted with unethical, high pressure sales practices that are standard and abundant in the timeshare industry. Often times, new (and existing) owners find themselves facing gigantic interest rates, rising maintenance fees, additional usage fees, and ownership in perpetuity clauses in contracts—which many feel leaves them “stuck.” The timeshare industry leaves many vulnerable Americans left with a large, openended, recurring bill, often to the detriment of their overall livelihood, as well as creating ongoing financial obligations for themselves and their heirs. 

Chuck McDowell was born and raised in Tennessee where he attended Mt. Juliet High School and Middle Tennessee State University. He has spent the last 30 years focusing on serving others and running his own businesses. Chuck started his first company in 1982 and spent time as a stock broker for Pru-Bache during the mid 80s. He later embarked on the insurance industry before becoming a sales representative for a timeshare company. It was at that timeshare company that Chuck realized the industry is not what he thought it was. After discovering the many deceitful tactics the timeshare industry encourages, Chuck left the industry to work on the other side, fighting for consumer rights. He soon served as the CEO for a timeshare advocacy group that is considered to be the pioneer of the timeshare cancellation industry.  Just before forming the Wesley Financial Group, LLC, Chuck was the Vice President of operations at the second timeshare advocacy firm for which he worked. Chuck McDowell is the President and CEO of Wesley Financial Group, LLC. 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET - Post-Mortem Estate Planning

Source: The Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series

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Issue 29 – July, 2018

NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning

Editor’s Note: The SALT Work-Around:  Shaken Not Stirred
Author: Susan P. Rounds, JD, CPA, LL.M., AEP®, TEP

Featured Complimentary Webinar

NAEPC Webinar – Longevity Changes Everything (Video)
Increasing longevity, the recent increase in the estate tax exemption, and other disruptive factors are changing the face of life insurance valuation.  Fiduciaries and financial professionals are demanding a more defensible determination of fair market value for estate and tax planning with senior clients. These issues are discussed in this intermediate level presentation, which originally aired January 2018.  Learn more about the Robert G. Alexander Webinar Series.

Accredited Estate Planner® Designee – Top Pick

Exploiting the New IRC 199A Pass-Thru Business Deduction Using the Magical 28.57% W-2 Formula and Additional Taxpayers (PDF)
A sweet treat! Learn the 28.57% formula and how it can maximize the benefits of IRC Section 199A. Additional taxpayers may prove to be the cherry on top.
Reproduced courtesy of Leimberg Information Services, Inc. (LISI)
Author: Steven J. Oshins, JD, AEP® (Distinguished)

Features

Commentary on Bloomberg’s Computation of the Tax Burdens of 10 Highest Paid Global Athletes (PDF)
Jock Tax?  A revealing analysis of the tax burdens facing the 10 highest paid global athletes.
Author: Paul Sczudlo, JD, TEP

Estate of Cahill v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2018-84 (June 18, 2018) (PDF)
Planners have been concerned that the Tax Court’s reasoning in Estate of Powell, applying §2036(a)(2) because the partners could unanimously agree to terminate the partnership, may be extended to other situations involving multi-party transactions in which the parties could agree to “undo” the deal. Just a little over a year later, Cahill has indeed applied that same reasoning in a different context.
Author: Steve Akers, JD, AEP® (Distinguished)

Tax Tribulations for American Royalty (PDF)
Three’s a crowd.  An examination of the potential tax twists in the happy-ever-after for the Duchess of Sussex when Uncle Sam is the uninvited guest.
Reproduced with permission. Published May 18, 2018. Copyright 2018 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)
Author: Paul Sczudlo, JD, TEP

Clients and Cannabis:  Do Not Let An Estate Plan Go Up In Smoke (PDF)
An issue that more and more estate planners are dealing with – conflicts among state and federal law require special planning for the administration and distribution of trusts and estates that hold this asset.
Originally published in the May 2018 edition of Estate Planning, a Thomson Reuters publication. Reprinted by permission.
Author: Wendy S. Goffe, JD

Steve Oshins’ 4th Annual Non-Grantor Trust State Income Tax Chart (PDF)
Hot off the presses!  This cool tool hot links to the taxing statute, lists the tax rates and describes the conditions that give rise to taxation in each state.
Author: Steven J. Oshins, JD, AEP® (Distinguished) 

Steve Oshins’ 9th Annual DAPT State Rankings Chart (PDF)
Another cool tool in the series – Provides hot links to state statutes, the criteria and the weight attributed to each in determining the overall rank.
Author: Steven J. Oshins, JD, AEP® (Distinguished) 

DAPTs & Klabacka – At the Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law (PDF)
DAPTs can be an important part of marital planning – a potential backstop to the uncertainty of pre- and post-marital agreements to bolster separate property status.  Also a critical topic for advisors to clients who are concerned about making transfers of a significant portion of their wealth into trust to take advantage of the high exemption amounts.
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Authors: Sandra Glazier, Esq., Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP® (Distinguished), JD, & Alan Gassman, Esq.

Toni 1 Trust v. Wacker – Reports of the Death of DAPTs for Non-DAPT Residents is Exaggerated (PDF)
And never the twain shall meet – The authors provide an analysis of the impact of the recent Alaska Supreme Court decision pertaining to jurisdiction over disputes relating to the transfer of assets to an Alaska self-settled trust. The authors conclude that interpretations claiming that only residents of DAPT states can benefit from creditor protection are erroneous.
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Authors: Jonathan Blattmachr, Esq., AEP® (Distinguished), Matthew Blattmachr, CFP, Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP® (Distinguished), JD & Alan Gassman, Esq.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: 529 Plans Expanded (PDF)
Great news for parents and grandparents – Qualified education expense has been expanded to include K-12.  Further, 529 plans can be rolled over to fund ABLE accounts through 2025.  Learn how these provisions work and use the handy links to compare and contrast specific plans offered by different states.
Author: Bronwyn L. Martin, MBA, ChFC®, CLU®, CRPC®, CFS®, CMFC®, AEP®, CLTC, LACP

Using Trust and Tax Solutions in Divorce Mediation (PDF)
This entertaining piece illustrates the use of trusts in divorce mediation, the use of specialized mediators, how to avoid gift tax traps and four basic trust types that lend themselves well to divorce mediation.
This article’s original format was published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 89, No 7 (March 2018), and content is used with permission from the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Authors: Gale Allison, JD, LLM (Taxation) and Vale Gonzalez

Private Placement Life Insurance Primer (PDF)
This piece offers a high-level overview of PPLI and outlines how ultra-affluent families are utilizing this strategy to minimize the impact of income taxes on investment returns.
Originally published in the May 8, 2018 online edition of Trusts & Estates. Reprinted by permission of WealthManagement.com.
Authors: Brian Gartner, Director, and Matthew Phillips, Principal, Winged Keel Group

News Nook: A Compendium of Current Affairs

The NAEPC Journal of Estate & Tax Planning Tax Update (PDF)
Author: Scott E. Swartz, JD, LL.M., AEP®

Tax Topics:  SALT, Portability and Basis Reporting Updates (PDF)
Author: Blanche Lark Christerson, JD, LL.M. (taxation)

Practical Planner Newsletter Jan-June 2018 (PDF)
Author: Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP® (Distinguished), JD

NAEPC Monthly Technical Newsletter
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