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April 10, 2012
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  Industry News and Trends 
  • Many people overestimate their future retirement age, study finds
    People tend to retire sooner than they anticipate, according to a Society of Actuaries survey. Thirty-five percent of preretirees said they would never retire, and half said they wouldn't retire until age 65 or later. However, the survey found that 31% of retirees stopped working by 55; 20% stopped by 60; and 10% stopped by 62. Health problems and downsizing accounted for some of the earlier-than-expected retirements, the Society of Actuaries said. Financial Advisor online (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Estate & Elder Planning 
  • Advice for transferring family businesses
    Advisers can help clients figure out the best way to transfer interests in a family business to the next generation, writes Heidi Bolger, CPA/ABV. Factors to consider include family members' activity and contribution to the business, as well as the amount of time they've been involved. Older family members may want to start by transferring minority stakes to test an ownership arrangement before handing over control. CPA Insider (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mitchell case raises valuation issues for estate taxes
    A recent Tax Court case demonstrates the difficulty of valuing artwork and other property for estate-tax purposes. Questionable valuations could lead to examinations and litigation by the Internal Revenue Service. Clients can lessen the risks by ensuring property has received sound and consistent appraisals. The Tax Adviser (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to do estate planning for international clients
    Clients with assets located around the world face unique estate-planning challenges. Issues to consider include residency, estate and gift taxes, and taxes on property transferred to non-U.S. citizens. Estate taxes may apply to overseas property owned by individuals who are citizens or domiciled in the U.S. as well as property in the U.S. that is owned by noncitizens. The Tax Adviser (4/2012), Journal of Accountancy (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retirement, Investment & Insurance Planning 
  • Would your clients benefit from "bucket" strategy of allocation?
    More advisers are adopting the "bucket strategy" of asset allocation, instead of the traditional systemic-withdrawal strategy, Michael Kitces writes. However, one study found that the two methods may actually generate similar results. Nevertheless, the bucket strategy may be better from a psychological perspective because it is easier for clients to understand. Nerd's Eye View blog (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The problem with prepaid college plans
    Parents may want to think twice before buying into a prepaid college plan, some advisers say. The plans allow investors to buy tuition credits years in advance. However, some states have ended their programs because of rapid inflation that has made the programs economically unfeasible. They also prevent a family from choosing a new school or state when their children enter college. Other vehicles, such as 529 plans, offer better returns and more flexibility. Financial Advisor online (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Liability insurance protects wealthy clients' assets
    Insurance providers are reaching out to advisers to promote plans that protect wealthy individuals' assets from legal liability. The excess liability policies are affordable and can offer protection from a range of legal claims, including personal-injury claims. "Excess personal liability is the most inexpensive insurance your clients can buy," Risk Strategies' Jeff Kaplan says. Financial Planning (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tax Topix 
  • Important elections for tax clients
    Here is a rundown of some elections available for estates, partnerships and individuals for this tax season. They include elections on estate tax portability, capitalizing carrying charges and applying consolidated auditing rules to small partnerships. CPAs should also determine whether federal elections are also available to clients at the state level. Journal of Accountancy (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  You and Your Practice 
  • How psychology can improve family advising
    More financial advisers are turning to group psychology as a way to help their wealthy family clients. One method called the "family systems approach" involves mapping out relationships among family members to better understand their dynamics. It's important to frame financial decisions in terms that encourage healthy communication and interaction, one expert says. Financial Advisor (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • April Inside Information available
    The April 2012 edition of Inside Information from Bob Veres is now available to PFP members and PFS credential holders. This issue includes stories on maximizing referrals by defining your target market, an entirely new way to structure your succession plan, a report on breakout sessions from a recent conference, and why the fiduciary model is on the right side of history. Not a member? Join the PFP Section today and save $50 on your first year of membership when you enter promocode CPALDPFP at checkout. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free tax-season resources from the AICPA PFP Division
    The AICPA's PFP Division supports CPAs who advise individuals and closely held entities on tax, estate, retirement, risk-management and investment-planning matters. Sample the PFP Division's member benefits this tax season by downloading a free checklist, created by expert CPA financial planners, to identify financial-planning opportunities as you analyze your client's tax returns. Also, listen to a podcast covering proactive planning ideas for tax season. Finally, download a free two-page excerpt from Forefield Advisor's popular 2012 Key Numbers, which provides the most essential figures for the busy season in one convenient document. PFP/PFS members have free access to Forefield (a $399 value), a premier Web-based education and client-communication tool. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference
    The AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference will be held June 23 to 25 in Las Vegas. Renowned speakers include industry leaders Bob Keebler, Tom Austin, Jere Doyle, Jim Hogan, Dan Daniels, Jonathan Blattmachr and Elizabeth Schurig. They will provide key strategies, insights and perspectives concerning today's current tax legislation and how to address potential changes resulting from this election year. Register by April 14 and save with the super-early-bird discount. PFP/PFS members save an additional $100 off the super-early-bird AICPA member price. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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