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 Fiduciary 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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Don’t Forget The Special Income Tax Deductions For 2020

Do you think that there are no holiday gifts when it comes to income taxes?  If you said no, then read on.  I know that I did a similar blog, but this will provide a reminder as we near the end of the year if you haven’t already made donations. For this year, 2020, there […]

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COVID-Related Text Scam

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry have recently warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. Taxpayers are reminded that neither the IRS nor state agencies will ever text taxpayers asking […]

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2020 Charitable Contributions for Income Tax Purposes

What a year this has been.  So many events never dealt with.  And, as we approach the end of the year, perhaps you are thinking about charities that you have or would like to support but feel that because you don’t itemize deductions on your personal income tax returns, you don’t get the benefit of […]

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Benefitting a Charity Through Your Estate or Trust

You would like to benefit your favorite charity through your Estate or Trust, but is leaving a specific bequest in your Last Will and Testament or Trust the only option?  Simply, the answer is NO.  You have options.  Here’s one for you to consider. You have an IRA or retirement-type account for which you can […]

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Are You Thinking About Retirement?

Who will you be when you retire?  Many of us identify ourselves through our career, but when we retire, that identity retires as well.  So, who do you want to be in retirement?  How do you want to enjoy yourself?  There is no magical age for retirement these days.  You hear of individuals retiring not […]

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Talking to Aging Parents About Finances

You see your parents aging and you begin to become concerned about their finances.  They may not have shared much with you about their finances or you may be fortunate that they have been open with regard to what they have accumulated.  Regardless of which scenario is true for you, talking about finances can be […]

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What Should You Do If You Get A Letter Or Notice From The IRS

The IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons.  Other than panicking, what should you do if you receive such a notice?    Here are some do’s and don’ts for taxpayers who receive one: Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice […]

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Are You One of the 13.9 Million Americans to Receive IRS Tax Refund Interest?

If you had an overpayment on your 2019 federal income tax return, you may be receiving interest on the overpayment.  Interest payments, averaging about $18, have been made to individual taxpayers who filed a 2019 return by this year’s July 15 deadline and either received a refund in the past three months or will receive […]

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Death Taxes

Death taxes are commonly referred to as INHERITANCE tax or ESTATE tax.  Some states have both, some states have neither and some states have one or the other.  For Federal purposes, there is only estate taxes to be concerned with.  If you become subject to Federal Estate Tax, that means that you have a gross […]

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IRS Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams For 2020 – Part 4

Fake Payments with Repayment Demands: Criminals are always finding new ways to trick taxpayers into believing their scam including putting a bogus refund into the taxpayer’s actual bank account. Here’s how the scam works: A con artist steals or obtains a taxpayer’s personal data including Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and […]

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