Asset Protection - Tax and Financial Aspects
Field of Study:
This informative course covers traditional planning tools and their utilization to protect assets. The Uniform Fraudulent
Conveyance Act, the Bankruptcy Code and various aspects of the tax law are highlighted in describing asset protection
aspects of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, family partner-ships, trusts, retirement plans,
insurance products and other conventional tools. Special topics include: protection against lawsuits, costs of long-term
illness, di-vorce settlements, foreign asset protection trusts, statutory protections, home-stead provisions, exempt assets,
cancellation of indebtedness taxation and mari-tal agreements.
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Specify the goals and purposes of asset protection, the objections some people have about shielding assets from creditors, and reasons for asset protection.
- Identify situations that can unexpectedly put assets and financial se-curity at stake and the common sources of lawsuits.
- Recognize the author's concept of exploding and imploding liability how dealing with them is necessary for complete asset protection plan, and the concepts of insurance, asset placement, and statutory protec-tions when applied to asset protection.
- Specify the types of creditors associated with asset protection and fraudulent transfers noting their salient characteristics.
- Identify the fraudulent transfer provisions which protect current and future creditors, the badges of fraud in the Uniform Fraudulent Trans-fer Act, applicable statutes of limitation, potential criminal penalties associated with fraudulent transfers, and the differences between fraudulent asset transfers and permissible asset transfers.
- Identify characteristics of homeowner's, automobile, and disability insurance and what asset protection they may offer.
- Specify persons in which rights are placed by life insurance and reasons to purchase life insurance and the benefits, uses and types of life insurance, identify variables that influence when life insurance is taxa-ble for federal estate tax purposes, and cite reasons for establishing an irrevocable life insurance trust in order to achieve several estate tax planning advantages.
- Determine what constitutes an annuity and the types and character-istics of annuities noting their tax advantages and disadvantages.
- Identify entity purchase and a cross purchase agreements noting tax and legal advantages and pitfalls.
- Recognize ways to hold property, what taxpayers must do before be-ginning an asset protection program, and the advantages and disad-vantages of holding property individually and through a sole proprie-torship noting how these pitfalls can be avoided.
- Identify guidelines that corporate business owners should follow to protect their corporations, issues regarding potential personal liability for shareholders, officers and directors, protection ideas for corporate business owners, and §469 passive loss restriction considerations.
- Specify the advantages and disadvantages of using a corporation in asset protection planning, the differences among categories of C Cor-porations, recognize the importance of S corporations and their estate tax planning advantages, and determine the advantages and disad-vantages of transferring farmland to a corporation.
- Identify testamentary trusts, living trusts noting subcategories of trusts, and changes necessary when used for asset protection.
- Determine how different trusts are taxed with regard to income tax, estate tax and gift tax, identify the grantor trust rules and the effect of the treatment on owners for income tax purposes, and specify the tax consequences of several trust types.
- Recognize the various types of co-tenancy and their impact on asset protection and tax liability.
- Identify partnerships noting their types, ways that partnerships may be better than corporations from an estate-planning viewpoint, how partnerships are taxed, how estate freezing works to minimize death taxes, and the structuring of family partnerships.
- Specify the advantages and disadvantages of a limited liability company (LLC), problems associated with its newness, and how professional firms, joint ventures, and families can benefit from establishing LLCs.
- Recognize how retirement plans can be used to provide substantial lifetime benefits to a business owner and to employees while simulta-neously providing asset protection.
- Identify important characteristics of custodianship and estates as asset protection tools.
- Determine how the 2005 Bankruptcy Act changed procedures, quali-fications and tax law, and identify the most common bankruptcy types noting their influence on how an individual or business “goes bank-rupt.”
- Specify the rules for automatic stay and levy noting their impact on “freezing” creditor activity, tax assessment, and collection.
- Identify the differences between preferential and nonpreferential payments noting the priority of creditor claims.
- Recognize when debt is discharged under various bankruptcy types and how to establish an individual bankruptcy estate determining its taxable income and filing requirements, and identify the special rules that apply to individual debtors, partnership bankruptcies, and corpo-rate bankruptcies.
- Specify debts covered under homesteading, and determine permissible garnishment amounts noting special garnishment rules.
- Recognize the effect that debt cancellation has on net worth and po-tential income inclusion from cancellation of indebtedness income, and specify exceptions to the general income inclusion rule noting their tax impact.
- Identify tax attribute reductions noting their application when reducing canceled debt, cite the special basis reduction rules, recognize the depreciable property election in reducing the basis of depreciable property before reducing any other tax attributes, determine what con-stitutes individual, partnership and S corporation bankruptcy, and specify the variables used in determining whether shares of stock is-sued to a creditor are nominal or token.
- Determine gain or loss resulting from foreclosure or repossession noting reporting and filing requirements, specify the timing and char-acter of the gain or loss, and cite the hidden income tax danger of di-rectly or indirectly acquiring one's own debt at a discount.
- Identify the formats that courts typically follow if a couple does not have a premarital agreement and post-nuptial and premarital agree-ments including how they relate to divorce settlements and divisions.
- Determine the application of §1041 to interspousal transfers, the tax trap of deferred tax liability, and the transferor’s and transferee’s property basis under §1041(b).
- Specify the deferred gain or loss associated with selling an interest in the marital residence, recognize the application of §1041 to selected business, retirement and investment assets, and identify conditions that must be met for a like-kind exchange to be nontaxable.
- Recognize tax consequences resulting from the division of certain types of property between spouses or former spouses incident to divorce, and identify the elements of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO).
- Specify ways to manage an incompetent person’s estate, determine joint tenancy and its benefits, and identify the levels of conservatorship that can influence assistance in management and protection of an es-tate and/or personal care.
- Recognize the concept of durable power noting how maximize its use, and identify funded revocable living trust variations and their ad-vantages.
- Determine eldercare benefits of Medicare and Medicaid, countable income and asset groups under Medicaid.
- Identify possible health care decisions such as having a living will, determine the distinctions between Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability benefits, identify assets groups for SSI, and specify requirements for SSI and Social Security disability benefits.
General understanding of federal income taxation.
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Final examination expiration date:
The program participant will have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course and final examination.
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