With tax planning throughout the year, you can help take the stress out of April 15 and feel more confident.
Your tax strategy should be a group effort — a Financial Advisor can work with your CPA and other advisors to develop a plan that works for your situation.
Important tax planning dates
|April 18, 2016||2015 tax year individual returns due
Last day to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA for tax year 2015
|June 15, 2016||Deadline for filing 2nd Quarter 2015 Estimated Tax Payment if you are paying quarterly estimated taxes|
|Sept. 15, 2016||Deadline for filing 3rd Quarter 2015 Estimated Tax Payment if you are paying quarterly estimated taxes|
|Oct. 15, 2016||Extended individual tax returns due if you received an extension on your 2015 taxes.|
|Jan. 15, 2017||Deadline for filing 4th Quarter 2015 Estimated Tax Payment if you are paying quarterly estimated taxes|
Important tax links
- IRS Publication 509 Tax Calendars (PDF)
- Wells Fargo Advisors’ 2016 Tax Planning Tables (PDF)
- Find Federal Tax Forms (irs.gov)
- Find State Tax Forms (taxadmin.org)
- Tax Information Guide (PDF)
- IRS Cost Basis Reporting
Visit the TurboTax website to read tax planning articles and e-file your taxes today.
- Cost Basis
- Guide to Short-term vs Long-term Capital Gains Taxes
- Tax Tips for Investors
- Capital Gains and Losses
- Guide to Taxes on Dividends
- What Are Deductible Investment Interest Expenses?
- VIDEO: How TurboTax Helps with Complex Taxes
Federal estate tax
The “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” set a $5 million exclusion amount for the estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes, which is indexed for inflation and is now $5.45 million in 2016. Estate and gift tax rates are 40%.
Your estate plan should be designed to provide protection during your lifetime, not just at death. As you age, it becomes increasingly important to include robust “lifetime planning” provisions in durable powers of attorney, health care directives, and living trusts.
Individuals with a taxable estate above $5.45 million and married couples with a taxable estate above $10.9 million may want to consider implementing advanced wealth-transfer strategies. If you are in this category, be sure to talk with your estate attorney about suitable planning alternatives.
Gift tax annual exclusion
Each individual may transfer up to $14,000 per person per year to any number of beneficiaries (family or non-family), without paying gift tax or “using up” any available credits.
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