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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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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Avoid Penalty for Underpayment of Taxes

So, as much as we grumble and grouse about paying taxes, imagine how you would feel if you received a notice from the IRS that you were assessed a penalty for underpayment of taxes. If we are employed as W-2 employees, taxes are routinely withheld from paychecks.  But, that only takes into consideration taxes on […]

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Paycheck Checkup

Like most working Americans, when we start a new job, we complete a Form W-4 to direct our payroll withholdings for federal income taxes.  Unless we have a life-changing event such as marriage or children, we don’t give it another thought about our withholdings.  We become complacent with whatever the bottom line is on our […]

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Did You Know Taxpayers Can Connect with the IRS on Their Mobile Phone?

If you have questions regarding taxes, you can access the IRS mobile app, IRS2Go, which is available for free to use on Android and iOS devices. It’s also available on Amazon. This app can be used to: Check the status of a refund. A refund status can be checked within 24 hours after the IRS […]

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A Dangerous Assumption – No Need to Do Estate Planning

With changes in the tax laws at the federal level as well as changes to state death tax laws, some individuals may feel that they do not need to give heed to their estate planning. With the new tax law roughly doubles the federal estate-tax exemption, to about $11.2 million per person in 2018, a […]

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Rethinking Old Trusts and Your Estate Planning

If you have a trust, you may think that their original purpose no longer seems compelling. Your estate plan may designate that your assets will pass into a “bypass” or “credit shelter” trust, which will pay income to your surviving spouse and ultimately pass assets to your children. Historically, it was common for married couples […]

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Freezes on Credit Reports

Are you interested in freezing your credit report/line to help avoid identity theft?  Good News – Congress has recently passed legislation that will allow people to freeze their credit lines for free.  This will allow people to block thieves from opening up credit in their name without charge. In the past, credit rating companies have […]

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Tax Return Copies and Transcripts

The IRS recommends that taxpayers keep a copy of tax returns for at least three years. Doing so can help taxpayers prepare future tax returns or even assist with amending a prior year’s return. If a taxpayer is unable to locate copies of previous year tax returns, they should check with their software provider or […]

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Have You Looked At Your Estate Plan Lately?

You have most likely heard the phrase “the only certainties in life are death and taxes”, but have you thought about how the timing of death and the amount of taxes owed are not certain? “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 leaves the federal wealth transfer tax system in place, but temporarily doubles […]

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Did You Get A Letter Or Notice From The IRS?

First of all, DON’T panic until you read the letter or notice. Every year, the IRS sends millions of notices and letters to taxpayers, and some of them, believe it or not, are benign. Next, you should IMMEDIATELY forward the letter/notice to your tax preparer.  They are much more accustomed to these notices/letters and can […]

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