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Tuesday February 19, 2019

Advisor Resources
Advisor Resources
We have a complete tax update service for CPAs, attorneys, CLUs, CFPs, ChFCs, trust officers and other professional friends. The GiftLaw services are made available to all advisors as a free service. We are available to assist in helping you provide clients with clear and understandable gift illustrations.

Networking Opportunities with the Estate Planning Council of Bakersfield
The Estate Planning Council of Bakersfield (EPCB), incorporated in 1958, is a local, interdisciplinary organization that provides educational programs and networking opportunities to professionals in order to enhance their skills and expand their estate planning network in the community.

The Council's members, representing a broad range of disciplines (attorneys, certified financial planners, certified public accountants, chartered financial consultants, chartered life underwriters, trust officers), benefit from getting to know and respect one another through an increased awareness and understanding of the views, concerns and valuable interactions of their overlapping specialties.

For more information on Council membership, leadership, meetings and events, please visit estateplanningcouncilbakersfield.com.
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IRS Phone Calls Peak on February 19
Washington News
Millions of Americans and their tax advisors are preparing their tax returns. Many have questions and will call the IRS. The peak day for IRS phone calls typically falls on the Tuesday after President's Day. During the entire week of February 19, taxpayers may be frustrated due to long hold times on IRS phone lines. However, many taxpayers and advisors will need IRS support to complete their 2018 returns. In IR-2019-10, the Service urged taxpayers to "Avoid the Rush" by using online resources. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated, "IRS employees are working hard to provide taxpayers the help they need. Given the high call volumes at this time of year, we encourage people to first visit our many...
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Charitable Tax Reference
GiftLaw Pro
GiftLaw Pro is a complete charitable giving and tax information service inside the GiftLaw website...
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Deduction Calculator
Deduction Calculator
The GiftLaw Calculator is a planned gifts calculator for professionals that follows the IRS format. Click here to access and run charitable deduction calculations for your favorite gift plan...
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Case of the Week
Rhea Jones, 75, lives in a beautiful coastal town in northern California. Rhea's home occupies three magnificent acres of bluff property overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific. With a home...
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Private Letter Ruling
Organization was granted tax exemption under Sec. 501(c)(3). It was to be operated for the purpose of providing and promoting quality, affordable gymnastics instruction, education and development....
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Article of the Month
Philanthropically motivated individuals increasingly understand the value of gifting appreciated real estate to charity. Donors are often able to claim a deduction for the property's fair market value...
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