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Jul 16, 2013 5:56PM on Smart SpendingBy Smart Spending Editor

Had he planned better, actor James Gandolfini's estate would have left more to his heirs and less to the taxman. Here are 6 mistakes celebrities -- and ordinary folks -- often make.

Mar 29, 2013 12:08PM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

Tax pros estimate twice as many Americans will need to file gift-tax returns this year, after rushing to give away assets during the 'fiscal cliff' frenzy.

Mar 20, 2013 12:36PM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

If you got married or divorced, took in an elderly parent, lost your job or adopted a child, you may need to adjust your tax planning.

Feb 5, 2013 12:13AM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

In 21 states and the District of Columbia, you may owe estate and inheritance taxes to the state even if you don't have to pay the federal government.

Jan 18, 2013 12:59PM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

The fiscal cliff deal basically made permanent the rules that had been in effect the past 2 years, but the top estate rate did rise. Here's how to maximize the benefits.

Dec 26, 2012 1:39PM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

Looming changes in the estate tax and gift tax are keeping tax experts busy. But it's hard to make decisions without knowing what measures will be adopted.

Dec 14, 2012 6:36PM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

If Congress doesn't act on the estate tax, it will revert to pre-2001 rules. That includes sharing a portion with 30 states.

Feb 17, 2012 10:56AM on Smart TaxesBy MSN Money Partner

The president seeks to raise $1.5 trillion in the next 10 years from wealthy Americans. Yet most of his proposals were also in last year's budget and went nowhere.



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