Limited liability companies (LLCs) have become the entity of choice for many businesses. That’s largely because LLCs combine the S corporation benefits of flow-through taxation and limited liability along with partnership-type flexibility for distributions and ownership interests.
Suppose you’ve been holding raw land that you bought years ago as an investment. Now you figure it’s time to cash in on the building boom in your area.
With the top individual federal income tax rate falling to 35 percent last year (down from 38.6 percent), now is a great time to consider converting your existing C corporation to an S corporation. In addition to taking advantage of the lower rates, such a switch lets you avoid double taxation of future corporate income and gains. This Special Report explains how a conversion would work and whether you should make the switch.
For nonbusiness assets, you can deduct casualty losses from sudden usual events (storms, fires, etc.) once those losses exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Also, you can’t write off the first $100 per event. Here are some tips to expand your write-off
Q: In the past, I twice rolled over employer plan account balances into two separate traditional IRAs. Now that I’m retiring for good, I’ll once again be doing a rollover from my 401(k). Can I combine all three IRA rollover accounts into one account? C.T., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Q: Our company offers a flexible spending account (FSA) for health expenses. Does the firm have to provide the FSA feature under COBRA? J.B.K., New York, N.Y.
Q: My husband died in an accident, and we received an accidental death benefit from his company’s insurance plan. Is this benefit subject to estate tax? I’m receiving conflicting advice. J.S., via e-mail
Q: About 10 years ago, I paid $750 to an attorney to prepare a living trust. Recently, I asked him to update the trust to reflect a change in real estate properties. He charged me $350—almost half the original cost!—so I sent him a check for only $100. He returned the check with a note suggesting I find another attorney. Was I wrong? L.S.C., via e-mail
Q: My son is a high school senior who will graduate in June. Is it too late to set up a Section 529 plan for him? N.R., Bordentown, N.J.
Q: You’ve mentioned U.S. Savings Bonds in recent articles. Is there one place where I can find out the changing interest rates and maturity dates for bonds that I own (without going to a bank)? R.J., Birmingham, Ala.