Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 10: Recognition of Expenses, Losses, and Deductions Student Question: Question 5 (below) did not make sense to me. I started out by breaking down by year:   400,000 / 2,100,000 * 3,000,000 and so forth but did not arrive at the correct answer.  So, then I tried adding up 3 year: 400 +…

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Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 6: Commercial Property and Liability Insurance Student Question: Can you please provide an example of contingent business interruption and extra expense insurance? Thanks, Laura Instructor Response: Hi Laura, Good question.  Here’s how contingent business interruption insurance might apply.  You own a nationwide chain of jewelry stores that specialize in gold/palladium alloys.  Your…

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Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 10: Social Security Student Question: Does the maximum family benefit apply to a husband and wife that are both fully insured if the combined total between the two exceeds the maximum family limit?   If I understand correctly, the maximum family limit only applies if there are beneficiaries within the family receiving benefits…

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Course: Insurance PlanningLesson 16: The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Student Question: Must Crummey Powers always be in effect to apply the annual gift tax exclusion in order to transfer to an irrevocable trust? Or is it the case that as long as it was done once, will all transfers be eligible for the annual gift tax exclusion? Thanks,…

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Course: Estate PlanningLesson 13: Case Study Online Student Question: I am a little confused how one set amount – $100 – is the threshold for means testing a bankruptcy petitioner when the amount of debt a borrower may owe can vary by large amounts. It would seem the amount left over (income minus allowable expenses)…

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Course: Estate PlanningLesson 13: Case Study Online Student Question: If a check given by Mary to Peter was deposited into a custodial account where Mary was the custodian, doesn’t that mean that Mary didn’t give up ALL control, so it’s not a completed gift? Thanks, Megan Instructor Response: Hi Megan, That’s a great way to…

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Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 6: Employer-Sponsored Total Income Exclusions Student Question: For “No Additional Cost Services” provided by an employer, which are excluded from employee income, there is the requirement that no significant costs are incurred.  How is “significant” cost determined? Significant sounds subjective. Is there a general rule for determining what is considered significant?…

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Course: Fundamentals of Financial PlanningLesson 6: Educational Savings Techniques Student Question: Good afternoon – What happens if a parent has contributed to a prepaid tuition plan, but the child decides not to attend that school? Also, do contributions pertain to just one school? Or is it any school within that state? Kind regards, Austin Instructor…

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Course: Fundamentals of Financial PlanningLesson 5: Using the Calculator Student Question: Good afternoon.  Can you explain why we didn’t take inflation into consideration for the second calculation in the first problem? Dawn wants to have $25,000 in today’s dollars for a round-the-world cruise when she retires 11 years from now. She assumes she can earn…

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Course: Income Tax PlanningLesson 1: Introduction to Taxation Student Question: For this question, could you send me the math behind finding the answer?  I want a better understanding of how the penalty was assessed. Review Exercise: Jerry’s taxes were due April 15th. He filed his return in October of the same year and paid his…

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