IRA should have designated beneficiary for best tax result

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News and other Texas Hearst Newspapers on August 17, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: My mother-in-law died (90 years old) and left a traditional IRA to her estate. She did not name beneficiaries, she has four sons, but checked the estate box. I keep getting conflicting answers,…

Should Rancher continue gifting of land?

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on January 29, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: My 95-year-old mother owns a large piece of ranch land. The value per acre is fairly high, and her tax adviser years ago told her to start gifting “undivided interests” each year worth $14,000 to each of the…

Recommended Reading on Tax Reform

The National Council on Aging has just posted a blog article regarding tax reform efforts in Washington. The article is signficant and I recommend you read it here. The article makes the case for the proposition that a) Congress knows that its tax reform bill will greatly expand the deficit (by giving large tax breaks…

Appraisal Letter should prompt Probate

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on September 23, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack: This week I received a letter from the Bexar Appraisal District. It looks like a form letter that went out to lots of people, and says I need to reapply for my homestead and over-65 exemptions or I…