Category Archives: Tax

Tax Issues To Look For in a Divorce

© 2014 Written by Phoenix Tax Attorney Shad Brown  No one enters a marriage thinking that the marriage will not last. Unfortunately, however, a statistically significant number of marriages won’t. Often as couples grapple with the emotional fallout from the … Continue reading

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Tax Tips For The Coming Year

© 2014 Written by Phoenix Tax Attorney Shad Brown Tax Season has now ended for most taxpayers. As we all breathe a collective sigh of relief, here are a few pieces of advice to keep in mind the rest of … Continue reading

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What State Should You Die In?

© 2014 Written by Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney Shad Brown  Not all states are created equal. Arizona may have beautiful winters but the summers can leave something to be desired. Ever spend a winter in up-state New York? A winter … Continue reading

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How to Avoid an IRS Audit

© 2014 Written by Tax Controversy Attorney Shad Brown As an Arizona tax attorney, one of the questions I get asked most often is, “how do I avoid an IRS audit?”  While there is no sure fire way to avoid … Continue reading

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Is Your Tax Bill Higher Than Last Year?

© 2014 Written by Attorney Shad Brown New years mean new beginnings, fresh starts and positive feelings as we start all over again. This year, for some, it also means a higher tax bill. In early 2012 Congress passed the … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

© 2014 Written by Tax Controversy Attorney Shad Brown  It is the time of the year when we all look back on another year past in hopes of identifying a few areas we can improve in the year to come. … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Give

I am often asked, this time of year, “how can I pay less tax this year?” The easiest answer, the answer no one wants to hear, is “make less money.” However, lest I motivate you to be unproductive and unmotivated … Continue reading

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Tis the Season to be Charitable

As we approach the end of the year, we have been discussing the topic of charitable lead trusts (“CLT”) with several of our clients as a way to leverage a charitable deduction to save on income taxes.  A CLT is … Continue reading

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Increased IRS Scrutiny for Captive Insurance Companies

I know many of you are thinking the same thing, “what is a captive insurance company?” In a nutshell, a captive insurance company is an insurance company which has common ownership with the entity it insures. Recently, numerous news agencies … Continue reading

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How does the IRS recognize same-sex marriages?

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in United  States v. Windsor, the IRS recently announced changes in how it will process tax returns filed by or on behalf of married same-sex couples. In United States v. Windsor, … Continue reading

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