tax

401(k) plan

Definition

A deferred compensation retirement plan in which an employer withholds a portion of an employee's pretax wages and invests them in a qualified plan; an employer may contribute to an employee's 401(k) plan, e.g. by matching an employee's contributions. Wages invested in a 401(k) plan and income earned therefrom are not taxed until the employee withdraws them from the plan.

 

 

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Qualified intermediary

Definition

In a 1031 exchange, a person who acquires business or investment property from a taxpayer, sells that property, uses the proceeds therefrom to acquire like-kind business or investment property for the taxpayer, and then transfers the like-kind property to the taxpayer. A taxpayer who uses a qualified intermediary to conduct a 1031 exchange can defer payment of capital gains tax on the sale of his or her property.

 

marital deduction

Example

If a married couple has a community property estate of $500,000, each has a net estate value of $250,000. Assuming both spouses have wills that leave their estates to each other, when one spouse dies, the other will inherit the decedent's $250,000 estate. That inheritance is free of estate tax, because the marital deduction eliminates estate tax on anything from one spouse to the other.

Example provided by Paul Premack Esq.

http://www.premack.com/columns/2006/2006-11-14.htm

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