Kay Sowa

Kay Sowa

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent as well as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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Checking In On Your Resolutions – #2

Last week we started our check on our resolutions and we will wrap up our suggestions this week. ARE YOUR HARD-EARNED ASSETS WORKING FOR YOU?  If you have a savings account or certificates of deposit, are you getting the best interest possible on these assets?  If you have a brokerage account, are your assets working […]

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Checking In On Your Resolutions

So, we are in the first full week of January and life is regaining a normal routine.  How are you doing on your resolutions?  Last week, Yasmeen Khaleel gave a list of suggestions of areas to address with regard to estate planning.  If you read that blog, have you even given it any further thought?  […]

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As The Year Winds Down…

It is hard to believe that 2018 will soon give way to 2019.  Where does the time go? When I was younger, whenever I would wish for some date in the future to be here – my birthday, the end of school, a special event, my mother would tell me not to wish my life […]

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What Happens If Large Gifts Are Made Now?

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the increased gift and estate tax exclusion amounts are set to sunset in 2025.  The exclusions are $11.2 million in 2018 and will increase each year until 2025, indexed for inflation.  But, what will happen if you make a large gift now?  Will you risk the […]

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Don’t Get Scammed

Tis the season. . . . For a risky time for people and their sensitive data.  Online shopping, impostors posing as charities seeking donations, spam, robocalls, tax scams, . . . . What can you do to protect your information?  The IRS encourages people to review some simple steps to protect their data and protect […]

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The Dark Web

This term is becoming increasingly heard – but do you know what it is and how it may affect you? OK, so what is it?  According to Wikipedia, the darknet websites are accessible through specific networks and certain accessible sites used widely among darknet users and provides anonymous access to the internet.  Specializing on allowing […]

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Tax Affects Itemized Deductions

Due to the TCJA or recent tax reform, in addition to nearly doubling standard deductions, several itemized deductions that can be claimed on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions have changed. Many individuals who formerly itemized may now find it more beneficial to take the standard deduction. Here are some of the changes to Schedule A for […]

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Have You Taken Your RMD For 2018?

For those of you that are 70-1/2 years of age and are fortunate to have a retirement type account, such as a traditional IRA, have you taken your RMD (required minimum distribution) for 2018?  If not, it is not too early to be thinking of doing so. Often times the distributions are put off until […]

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Has Your Personal Information Been Stolen?

As tax professionals, we most likely have more firewalls and tools in place than individuals to protect the information residing on our servers.  We are constantly checking to see if any breach has occurred and take steps to prevent any such breach. Many individuals prepare their own income taxes using any one of the various […]

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Attention Retirees

You have worked hard and have now retired.  You receive pension and/or annuity benefits, have taxes withheld and all is well when you file your income taxes.  True – well, maybe in the past, but perhaps not in the future due to changes to income tax by way of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act […]

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