About three months before your birthday, taxpayers should receive their "Earnings and Benefits Estimate Statement" from the Social Security Administration. This annual report will give you an idea of how much you may receive in Social Security when you retire. For a description of the information you will find on this statement, read this Financial Strategy.
If you own a residential rental or commercial building, you may be eligible for substantial tax breaks for depreciating your property through a cost segregation analysis. For more information on how different types of buildings are depreciated and what items may qualify for accelerated depreciation methods, read this C.P.A. Insight.
Beginning in 2011, Education Savings Account contributions will be capped at $500 per year per child, and expenses for primary education will not be considered qualified expenses. For more changes to these accounts and recommendations on what you can do with funds in an ESA, read this Financial Strategy.
A Qualified Personal Residence Trust can be used as part of your overall estate plan to transfer the family home to your children or grandchildren, without incurring federal estate tax. However, there are some tax considerations for your heirs if they choose to sell the property in the future. For more information on Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, read this C.P.A. Insight.