Tag: Tax Planning

Effective Use Cases of Life Insurance for Wealth Transfer, Tax Planning, and More (Ep. 91)

Effective Use Cases of Life Insurance for Wealth Transfer, Tax Planning, and More (Ep. 91)

Life insurance is often only viewed as a way to get a death benefit.

But if you look beyond its conventional definition, you’ll see how life insurance has several use cases in tax planning, wealth transfer, and as an alternative investment!

Join Centura Wealth Advisory’s Sean Clark, Wealth Advisor, and Christopher Hyman, Director of Insurance Solutions, for an enlightening conversation about the role of life insurance in comprehensive wealth management — especially for high-net-worth individuals.

Sean and Chris discuss:

  • How life insurance provides the much-needed liquidity to pay off estate taxes
  • Life insurance as an alternative asset class
  • Four tax advantages of life insurance
  • How business owners can effectively utilize insurance in risk management, exit planning, and other scenarios
  • A rapid-fire Q&A session about insurance
  • And more

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Tax Countdown: Planning for the Expiration of the TCJA (Ep. 90)

Tax Countdown: Planning for the Expiration of the TCJA (Ep. 90)

In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced some significant changes to tax laws, both on the income and estate side.

Now, as we approach its expiration on December 31st, 2025, it is important to plan for the looming tax changes!

Join our senior wealth advisors Matt Griffith, CFP®, and Roby Kotcamp, CFP®, as they unpack the potential tax changes and their implications for high-net-worth individuals and business owners.

Matt and Roby discuss:

  • How income tax rates and deductions might be affected
  • Expected changes in the lifetime exemption for estate and gift tax
  • Strategies that may help you take maximum advantage of the prevailing tax laws
  • Why you should act now instead of waiting until 2025
  • And more

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How to Plan for the Looming Estate Tax Issue (Ep. 89)

How to Plan for the Looming Estate Tax Issue (Ep. 89)

The once-generous estate and gift tax exemptions set by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are due to sunset on December 31, 2025.

Is your estate plan ready for the challenge?

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom, Managing Director, and Christopher Hyman, Director of Insurance Solutions, refer to strategies to reduce the estate tax liability that may significantly increase for many high-net-worth families after the TCJA expires.

Kyle and Chris discuss:

  • A brief overview of how exemption limits have changed over the years
  • The importance of creating liquidity well before the transfer of estate (especially for business and real estate owners)
  • Tax and liquidity benefits of an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT)
  • Why you should seek expert guidance in estate planning and structuring any trusts
  • And more

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How Centura Creates Value for High-Net-Worth Individuals (Ep. 85)

How Centura Creates Value for High-Net-Worth Individuals (Ep. 85)

As your wealth grows, your financial planning needs become significantly more complex.

At Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura), we specialize in serving high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, helping them lighten the burdens of wealth!

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom and Sean Clark, MBA, talk about Centura’s Liberated Wealth® process, including an overview of our sophisticated wealth management and tax planning strategies.

Kyle and Sean discuss:

  • Why Centura differs from other wealth management firms
  • How to move the needle with above-the-line planning (income tax, wealth transfer, and balance sheet optimization)
  • Centura’s rigorous due diligence process
  • How Centura taps into 50+ planning strategies to find the right solution for clients
  • And more

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ING Trusts: How to Minimize State Income Taxes (Ep. 83)

ING Trusts: How to Minimize State Income Taxes (Ep. 83)

There is a wide disparity in tax rates between U.S. states. For example, the top tax rate in California is 13.3%, while South Dakota has 0% state tax on trusts!

However, if you live in a high-income-tax state, you can still benefit from lower tax rates without moving physically.

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom, Managing Director, and Roby Kotcamp, CFP®, Senior Wealth Advisor, explain how to use an Incomplete Non-Grantor (ING) Trust to minimize state income taxes.

Kyle and Roby discuss:

  • Types of assets suitable for an ING Trust
  • The correct sequence of steps to ensure the ING Trust is set up properly
  • An example showcasing the practical application and scope of an ING Trust
  • Potential pitfalls of the ING Trust strategy
  • Alternative strategies for states where an ING Trust is not possible (E.g., California)
  • And more

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The QPRT Strategy: How to Reduce Estate and Gift Taxes (Ep. 82)

The QPRT Strategy: How to Reduce Estate and Gift Taxes (Ep. 82)

While passing on your wealth to future generations, you might want to make it as estate tax-efficient as possible.

If your estate amount exceeds the estate tax exemption limit, a Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT) might be for you.

In this episode, Seth Meisler, CFA, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA, Senior Wealth Advisor, and Samantha Lawrence, CFP®, Associate Advisor, discuss how the QPRT strategy can help reduce your wealth transfer taxes.

Seth and Samantha discuss:

  • How a QPRT works and the process for setting it up
  • The major tax benefits involved (estate and gift)
  • Who is the ideal candidate for the QPRT strategy
  • Potential risks related to QPRTs that you should keep in mind
  • And more

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How to Achieve Tax Efficiency With Private Placement Life Insurance With Christopher Hyman (Ep. 81)

How to Achieve Tax Efficiency With Private Placement Life Insurance With Christopher Hyman (Ep. 81)

High-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals are often focused on protecting and growing their wealth while minimizing taxes. However, not all of their assets generate “tax-efficient” income.

This is where private placement life insurance (PPLI) can come into play.

In this episode, Derek Myron interviews Christopher Hyman, Director of Insurance Solutions at Centura Wealth Advisory. They explain how PPLI serves as a tax-efficient way to grow assets from taxes while offering high flexibility and low fees, as well as providing death benefit protection.

Derek and Chris discuss:

  • How PPLI works and who it is best suited for
  • PPLI’s major tax advantages for high-net-worth individuals (net worth above $10 million)
  • Potential risks in PPLI that investors should know about
  • How PPLI can be highly personalized to meet client-specific needs
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Chris has been in the financial services industry for over fifteen years, nine of those serving ultra-affluent families and privately held businesses. As Director of Insurance Solutions, Chris is responsible for modeling in-depth customized planning solutions that fit the diverse needs and goals of Centura clients, as well as assisting in the ongoing stewardship of those plans. Before joining Centura, Chris served as the sole Case Design specialist for an advisory member firm of M Financial Group, where he developed life insurance solutions for high net worth clients, geared toward estate planning, tax efficiency, and executive compensation.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting from the University of Delaware. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Amanda, and their three children. His primary joy is spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys reading, fitness training, outdoor activities, and traveling to the shore.

Centura Client Experience from the View of a Retired Business Owner (Ep. 80)

Centura Client Experience from the View of a Retired Business Owner (Ep. 80)

Are you thinking about selling your business? Do you feel overwhelmed and unsure about the process?

In this episode, Derek Myron interviews Donovan Weber, who recently sold his business to an international conglomerate. Donovan shares the planning process he went through at Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura) before and after selling his business, the things he discovered along the process and how it helped him achieve his goals.

Donovan discusses:

  • What it’s like to move through Centura’s Liberated Wealth® process
  • How Centura helped him navigate charitable planning and tax efficiency
  • How alternative investments have benefited his overall portfolio
  • His advice for business owners who haven’t considered an exit strategy yet
  • And more

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Centura Client Experience: Exiting a Business (Ep. 78)

Centura Client Experience: Exiting a Business (Ep. 78)

The sale of a business represents not only the culmination of years of hard work and dedication but also a unique opportunity to amass considerable wealth.

With so much at stake, having a specialized wealth management team in your corner can make a significant difference!

In this episode, Derek Myron speaks with Jimmy Page, who recently sold his business. Jimmy shares his experience of working with Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura) and how it has benefited his wealth management. 

Jimmy discusses:

  • When is the ideal time to start planning your business exit
  • The importance of having a collaborative team of professionals (financial advisors, CPA, estate planning attorneys, etc.)
  • How Centura helped him navigate alternative investments
  • His advice on what to look for in a professional wealth management team
  • And more

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Preparing for Change: How to Adapt to Economic and Tax Legislation Shifts (Ep. 77)

Preparing for Change: How to Adapt to Economic and Tax Legislation Shifts (Ep. 77)

Are you a business owner or high-income executive concerned about recent changes in the economic, political, and tax environment?

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom and Matt Griffith, CFP®, cover a range of topics, including ways to prepare for a huge liquidity event, tax planning, investment considerations during high interest rates, and an overview of our Liberated Wealth® process.

Kyle and Matt discuss:

  • Key changes in the past 12 months that can impact your wealth
  • Tips for business owners either setting up a new entity or planning their exit
  • What to do if your wealth is tied up in a concentrated stock position
  • The importance of working with a professional advisory team
  • And more

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