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, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and 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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IRS Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams For 2020 – Part 1

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service releases its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.   This year, there is a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments.  I will be sharing this year’s “Dirty Dozen” over the course of the next four blogs. “Tax scams tend […]

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Keeping Economic Impact Payment Notice

If you received an Economic Impact Payment, you would have received Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment.  This Notice should be kept with your tax records for tax year 2020. This notice provides information about the amount of the payment, how the payment was made and how to report any payment that wasn’t received. For […]

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Do You Know The Telltale Signs Of A Tax Scam?

We are constantly hearing about security and technology and perhaps are turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to anything we see and/or hear.  But, in these trying times, there are many creative minds at work and not working for the good.  They are coming up with new ways each and every day and […]

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Challenges for Taxpayers Due to COVID Pandemic

Mid-March, the height of income tax season.  Add to that the COVID Pandemic and where does that leave taxpayers?  Well, first of all, tax season was extended to July 15 to provide additional time for taxpayers to file their taxes.  But, what about the people who filed their taxes before the pandemic was in full […]

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Safekeeping Original Documents

Where are your original estate planning documents?  In a safe place – right?  That safe place could be a safe deposit box at a bank, a fireproof box or safe in your home. Hopefully, not in a container that could burn or perhaps suffer water damage if there was a fire.  There are certain documents […]

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Ownership of Assets by Non-Married Couples

You and the love of your life have lived together for years being perfectly content not being married.  You have acquired assets together, like a residence, a second home, bank account or other items.  But what will happen when one of you dies?  Thinking that because you have both names on the asset, the surviving […]

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Recordkeeping for Stocks Not In a Brokerage Account

Gone are the days of paper stock certificates to evidence ownership of stock.  Now, if your stock is not held in a brokerage account, it will be held in a statement account with a transfer agent such as Computershare.  If your shares are held in a brokerage account, you will have the availability to have […]

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Owning Property Used By Others

You have a second home – either at the shore or in the mountains and you are very generous with letting others use the home.  It may be while you are there or to enjoy your home without you.  Your guests are so lucky.  And you feel good knowing they are enjoying your home.  But […]

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Know Your People

“People”?  Yes you have “people”, we all have “people”.  So, who are your “people”?  They include, but are not limited to, the beneficiaries under your will and/or trust, beneficiaries of life insurance and retirement-type accounts, parties named to serve as executor or trustee, agents under your power of attorney and living will.  Yes, I can […]

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Owning Property In A State Other Than The State You Call Home

Your dream – to own a home in the mountains or a home at the shore.  Unless you live in New Jersey and have a home at the shore or live in Pennsylvania and have a home in the mountains, your estate could be subject to estate administration in the state where your second home […]

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