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IRS Baby Boomer American Dream Trap

Rodney Kooi, Tax Connections

I always felt sorry for people in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s having to make mortgage payments.  To see someone living on social security and still making $1,500 per month house payments is not an ideal situation to be in. This often happens when a baby boomer pockets part of the equity received in selling a home and then getting another 30-year mortgage.  Next thing you know is that you are 60 and have 25 years left to pay on your mortgage. Read more

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Tax Code Changes Create Challenges

Inheritance taxes and estate planning are a growing concern for affluent baby boomers. What are some of the major issues?

In addition to the double step-up in basis on community property discussed above, the baby boom generation will benefit from some of the most generous estate tax loopholes in history. For example, married couples have complete spousal exemption from estate and gift tax when transferring property to each other. This has not always been the case.

For 2015, every person has a lifetime net gift and estate tax exemption up to $5.43 million. Considering that the top gift and estate tax rate is 40%, this exemption represents an Read more

Retirement

Let’s face it, we all know this country is facing a retirement crisis. The first of the Baby Boomers turned 65 and started retiring in 2011. The number of Boomers retiring each year will rise rapidly over the next decade or more. Before the end of this decade, Boomers will be turning age 65 at the rate of 8,000 per day.

This massive retirement of Baby Boomers will stretch our health care and health delivery systems to the max and beyond. Our public safety net – entitlements – has long been poorly managed, ill-thought-out and threadbare. Imagine what will happen as tens of millions of Boomers retire.

Yet the worst part of all is that so few people or families have saved anywhere near enough Read more

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