Now is a Great Time to Revisit Your Will

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is making a dramatic impact on will drafting. There are many changes, but one of the most impactful is that the estate tax, gift tax, and generation skipping tax lifetime exclusion has been doubled for years beginning in 2018 and ending on December 31, 2025. If your will was drafted before the TCJA was signed into law on December 22, 2017, there is a chance that your estate planning goals will not be accomplished by your current will structure. You may be leaving too much or too little to an intended loved one or charity.

For example, if your will contains a provision leaving your children an amount equaling your available federal estate tax exclusion with your remaining or excess assets going to your spouse, there is a possibility that your spouse will not receive the amount you originally intended her/him to receive when you pass away. This is because the lifetime exclusion amount has increased from $5,490,000 to $11,180,000 per taxpayer. In essence, your children may potentially receive an amount that is twice what you intended when you drafted your will. If your total assets do not exceed $11,180,000, your spouse will not get a dime pursuant to your will.

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If you are charitably inclined, there is also a possibility that charities may not receive what you intended under your will. For instance, if your will states that your children will receive an amount equal to your remaining lifetime exclusion and that your remaining wealth should go to named charities, the charities may receive fewer assets (or even nothing), depending on the value of your estate. If the value of your estate is less than $11,180,000, the charities will not get a dime.

As you can see, it is important to meet with your estate planning team regarding your current will to ensure your wishes are still being met under the new law. Insero’s Estates & Trusts Group can work together with you and your attorney to help ensure your wishes are met. Contact us today to learn more about our team and how we can help.

Insero Named Best Accounting Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year

Insero & Co. CPAs was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Accounting Firms to Work for by Accounting Today for the fifth consecutive year. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. Insero is the only firm in New York state to have been named to the list each of the last five years.

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“We’re thrilled to receive this honor for the fifth year in a row,” said David Mandrycky, Director of Human Resources at Insero. “We owe many thanks to our entire team for upholding our focus on our people and building an environment where people are fulfilled and excited to come to work each day. Because of this focus, our reputation across the state has grown, employee turnover rate is well below the industry average and we are an employer of choice on the college campuses. That, in turn, benefits our clients, who appreciate being able to work with the best people. It’s truly a win-win.”

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best 100 employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking, which will be announced in November of this year.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving New York state with offices in Rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Cortland and Watkins Glen. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to corporations, individuals, government agencies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and businesses ranging from privately held family businesses to multi-national corporations. These clients represent many industries, including service, manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, telecommunications, education, social services and real estate. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

The Financial Responsibilities of Elected Officials: What You Need to Know

Join Leslie Spurgin of Insero & Co. CPAs and Charles Benincasa, Director of Finance, City of Rochester for  The Financial Responsibilities of Elected Officials: What You Need to Know presented by the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association, Inc.

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When:  Thursday, March 10, 2016
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Registration and Buffet Dinner
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM – The Financial Responsibilities of Elected Officials:
What You Need to Know

Where:  Fairport Electric Building, Training Room
43 Liftbridge Lane, Fairport, New York 14450
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Presented by: Leslie Spurgin | Audit Partner | Insero & Co. CPAs
Charles Benincasa | Director of Finance | City of Rochester

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Client Update: Fall 2015

This issue’s topics include:

  • Fourth quarter tax planning – It’s how you finish that counts
  • Going back to school? Your costs may be deductible
  • Supreme Court rules on ACA
  • Give your kids the power of a Roth IRA
  • Talk finances with your parents
  • Smoothing your cash flow could save your business

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2015 Audit & Accounting Update

Join us for the final installment of Insero & Co.’s 2015 Accounting & Finance Education Series, designed for business owners, management, and accounting professionals.

Whether you represent a large corporation, a small business, or a not-for-profit organization, it can be difficult to stay up to date on current accounting topics. Join Timothy McLaughlin, Vincent Leo, and Michael Giess for an overview of changes that may affect your organization and how to apply the most recent standards and guidance.

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When:  Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:30 AM, Breakfast/Networking/Registration,
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Presentation
Where: Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Cost: $30 per person ($5 Early Registration Discount if registered by November 3rd)
Presented By: Presented by Timothy McLaughlin, Vincent Leo, and Michael Giess

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Insero & Co. Named one of the 2015 Best Accounting Firms to Work for

Insero & Co. CPAs has been named one of Accounting Today’s 2015 Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.

“As the only firm in Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region to be named to the list, everyone in the firm is very proud of this accomplishment,” said Managing Partner Nancy Catarisano. “This is the fourth straight year we’ve received this honor, and we are looking forward to reviewing the input from the survey and carrying on our tradition of making the firm an even greater place to work.”

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This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best 100 employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The final ranking will be announced in December of this year.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving New York state. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to individuals, government agencies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and businesses ranging from privately held family businesses to multi-national corporations. These clients represent many industries, including service, manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, telecommunications, education, social services and real estate. Insero also specializes in outsourced staffing solutions and employee benefit plan audits. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.