• Understanding Tax Terms: AFRs

    Understanding Tax Terms: AFRs

    Understanding Tax Terms: AFRs The IRS often sees the transfer of funds as a loan, whether there is a loan agreement or not. This also means there is an implied term and interest payment. When the IRS says a transaction is a loan, what interest rate do they use? Enter AFRs. Here is what you need to know. Your grandson needs a car, but cannot afford the payments. As a favor, you provide the $25,000 to purchase the car. You tell your grandson to pay you back when he can, but there is no loan document. The IRS sees this

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  • Understanding Tax Terms: the kiddie tax – What you know can help you

    Understanding Tax Terms: the kiddie tax – What you know can help you

    In 1986, a tax law was introduced to block parents from transferring investments to their children as a technique to lower their taxes. This law, commonly known as the kiddie tax, ensures that this unearned income is taxed at a parent’s, usually higher, tax rate. But there is still a tax planning opportunity. The term “kiddie tax” was introduced by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The IRS introduced this rule to keep parents from shifting their investment income to their children and have this income taxed at their child’s lower tax rate. The law requires a child’s unearned income

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