Category Archives: Why

Why an Inheritance is usually NOT Taxable !

Several times in the most recent quarter we were asked, and discussed in detail, if an inheritance is taxable? Because of this repeated subject we thought it appropriate to broach the subject here.

So is an inheritance taxable?inheritance

For the most part no. There are of course exceptions (certain states have silly inheritance laws, but these are slowly being repealed due to state resident desire). Under current tax law, upon death after tax investments receive a step up in basis, which means they are marked as the value of the deceased as fair value. This means that if an asset was purchased for just pennies decades ago, it’s new basis for the inheritor is the fair market value at the date of death.

As a side note for those thinking of gifting appreciated assets (to non charitable recipient) one might want to consider this step up in basis. If you gift a highly appreciated asset it will carry your basis and the recipient will then have Taxes upon sale.  All things considered equal, upon death that same asset under current tax law will transfer to the recipient with little or no taxes.

Once the assets are transferred into the beneficiaries account, the interest, dividend and capital gain clock will begin and moving forward, taxes will be due on this amount as the beneficiary becomes the owner of the asset, but the initial transfer will not be taxable, a very fair tax situation.

Receiving an IRA as Inheritance?  There are taxes, but not Immediately

Under current tax laws an IRA will pass to a spouse, child, sibling or other direct heir with no mandatory complete distribution necessary-there will be possible minimum distributions.

If a spouse is in the age range of RMD (Required Minimum Distributions) the receiving beneficiary spouse will pick up mandatory distributions based on his or her age. If a child is the recipient of an IRA the child’s age blended with the original decedent and will be computed to mandate a non-penalty but much smaller required minimum distribution even if the beneficiary is very young.

If the inheritor wanted to distribute the entire IRA, she/he has that option with no penalty, however this would bring full taxable income for the entire amount of the distribution, a decision that would need to be carefully considered before commencement.

So in summary, the immediate transfer of assets carries very little tax burden to the inheritor. Moving forward interest, dividends, future capital gains in after-tax accounts would be taxable, and in the case of an IRA the beneficiary, the RMD amount will be required and taxable, but in almost all cases these are the only taxes mandates.

Have a Great “No Inheritance Tax” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
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Email Address is the New Home Mailing Address – Why the Restrictions Associated with Changes!

In the good old days our physical home address was the most important item for delivery of mail and physical identity. Not sure if your mailbox is like many, but for the most part paper delivery is WAY down and expected that in the next few years many entities (Credit Card, Mortgage, Paychecks… any kind of monthly statement) will completely discontinue options for paper delivery …. this is a much greener approach, and will certainly help our environment – we know it may be uncomfortable for some, but likely inevitable!

Email address replaces Home Address – Our Collective Responsibilitiesicons-157872__480 email address

Given the above mentioned facts, with our email address now been our most likely contact … similar to our physical address in the good old days, new restrictions for our collective security are welcomed, needed, and expected.

It’s for our own collective safety that to change an email address on a delivery should be more secure!

In today’s more secure and safe environment for us to change an email address on your information we will now need to submit a signed document – ok … it’s a bit of a pain, and in the good old days when delivery was mostly to our physical address we could do it for you – but that was as they say … the good old days.

With 95% of our clients receiving all of their information completely electronically we feel like we are the norm, and accept the new responsibility but slightly more challenging changes to our electronic delivery.

Docusign Anyone ? More to come on this soon!

Just a heads up in advance,  when we change our email there will be additional documents for our collective security to make the change.

We will make it super easy, but there will be an extra step.

Sorry for the hassle but again certainly for our collective security!

Have a Great ” Email is New Home Address” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
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Why we want a copy of ANY seemingly Semi-Important Document!

In the last several months we have been able to quickly grab electronic copies of documents ranging from five years ago to nineteen …. some of these documents were destroyed by the owner, but our copy remained, making for quick access, big money and time savings in all cases.

Why we Want A Copy of ALL Documents

Any and every document you send us, we save. Our Server is backed up constantly and has almost unlimited room for saving, especially given today’s productive file size of scanning.

Several decades ago, we luckily set up an internal system of filing items that remains in tact today and has saved us ample time. We also name unique documents with extended titles for search at a later time.

You never know!

With a recent need of documents that were almost two decades old, we were reassured that our careful and comprehensive saving of everything REALLY DOES PAY OFF….

The only draw back is if we do not get a copy of the document… so please send us ANY document that may seem important or any document that may need reference in the future – we want to have access in the future and our scanning process is extremely good as well as the quality of our scan…

Something super data sensitive?

There are frequently documents that are copies or completed messages that have so much important information, you may not feel comfy emailing –

Safely upload to your Vault and we will safely download to our server without ever hitting the public email streets!

Here is a quick Video – In case you may have forgotten-

Here is a link to all of our 1 Minute Videos on our main website – not to worry only eight total!

With a mantra of “Safe Over Sorry” We are glad to help in storage of documents … forever!

Have a Great “Save Copy of Documents” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
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August 2019 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale (With Blooper at end of Video)

Hello and Welcome to our August 2019 Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!

If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast format as well as Video!

Newbies –

We like to articulate our thoughts and review on a Monthly basis our Financial Planning Tips, Capital Markets and current events!

August – 2019 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Three Most Important Social Security Posts SO FAR

As of this review we have one more unique age related Social Security Post to come, but the three most important posts so far are as follows:

Living Spousal Benefits

Deceased Spousal Benefits

Divorced Spousal Benefits 

Click each link for the actual post…. each post has a couple of minute discussion from Social Security Expert Tom Clark — THESE ARE IMPORTANT AND COMPLICATED-  so take your time!

Call Spam Protection Update

In this second follow up post due to demand, comments and questions we further discuss options for additional protection, depending on the major service provider….

Capital Market Comments –

Tariff Talk Jitters

Depending on the day and the headline, Capital Market Participants in true bipolar fashion seem to either cheer with reckless abandonment and buy buy buy or head for the exits and sell sell sell….

Just by chance it was nice to run across a wonderful historical chart, here in this post, showing this Tariff talk is far from the first time…. maybe for some of us, but in reality we have been dealing with this for decades….(Century)

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Have a Great Day – Talk to you at the end of September!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
www.jkfinancialinc.com
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Password Safe Keeping Idea, Confidential Portion of Your Personal Vault

Digital Assets, AKA your Passwords have become a challenging item for many. We find that in most cases, one party is controller of them and those single folks may not have an easy back-up.

Did you know your Personal Vault has a confidential folder area?

1 Minute Video –

Confidential File Area of Your Personal Vault

We know many of you may have a notebook with a special area that has all of your Passwords –

Our favorite –

An Excel file, NOT named “Passwords” – that has a very strong Excel password to open the file. You can even have the respective websites linked in the Excel file so when you go to your password file, you just click on the link for the website and boom your browser opens to that page ….

Share that Excel file password carefully, update the file whenever you have to do the eventual mandated password update for your selective sites!

Upload that file to your Confidential Area of your Vault, and you are set.

Have a Great “Safe Password” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

Why we write here on Street-cents! Explanation of Our Writings – Per Question from the Field (Readers/Followers/Clients)

It’s unclear who pushed across the finish line the final decision to start a blog – memory says a long time journalistic teaching sister, but the Mrs. says she had a hand in it – more to lose with crossing the latter than the former.

In 2010, almost two thousand articles ago, this Blog – Street-cents.com was started!

Recently an interesting article written by Seth Goden said the first 200 posts are the toughest. Not sure if that was true here, but it did take some time to get organized into the current three times per week posts and the discovery of subject matter –

Our Writings

Being shorter format here, when you guys show interest it spurs Newsletter articles, future ideas (Part 2 or 3) and deeper dives into similar subjects.

All of our posts are original such the occasional spelling mistakes, apologies!

Articles are posted M W F at 10:30 AM central time.

What a great way to pivot into subject matter based on YOUR interests.

What a great way to deliver information to a lot of people at once…

What a great way to speak to everyone during trying economic or market times…

Subjects are so various we know not all will apply, our hope is to cover so much ground that we eventually hit everyone…

We do this for information, education, self clarity, communication, and to let you guys know whats going on in our lives …

20190309_162121191_iOSWhen do posts get written?

Mostly at very odd times – The majority of this post was written during an early am rain delayed tennis tournament from a hotel room while waiting for it to dry- not kidding – not sure why the ideas pop up, but an attempt to get the information down here as it occurs seems to make for the best posts!

Why Videos?

Video is to get you even more the spirit of what our subject matter and for those less likely to read, but visually or audibly inclined…

We love it when you comment –

Please share with your friends!

We are complimented, and honored to have you take just a few minutes out of your day to read/listen to our thoughts.

Have a Great “Why We Write” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
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