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For the 99.5% Act

On March 25th, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation in the Senate titled “For the 99.5% Act”, representing the first piece of legislation this year to propose lowering the estate tax exemption along with other key proposals since President Biden took office. On Monday, Senator Chris Van Hollen introduced a bill that would tax gain on capital assets at death and many gifts. While these pieces of legislation are only proposed and would have to follow typical protocols prior to being voted on and enacted, we thought it was important to provide bullet points on the key provisions of the bills as they relate to estate planning.

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Economic Impact Payments

As of the time I write this article, three Economic Impact Payments (also known as “stimulus checks”) have been issued to eligible recipients as part of the pandemic relief. Each set of payments have had slightly different rules and eligibility, so I have created an outline below to help you navigate how it could impact you.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

So, the next (final?) round of stimulus was signed into law by President Biden. Let’s dive in. The $1.9 trillion bill called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes stimulus checks, child tax credits, jobless help, vaccine-distribution money, healthcare subsidies, and aid for struggling restaurants. What’s not inside? A higher minimum wage. Here's a quick visual of how it compares to prior rounds of stimulus.

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Season two of 2020?

Does it feel like 2021 yet? The twists and turns so far make it seem like 2020 is dragging into a second season. As an American, I’m shocked and worried, and I’m wondering how political disagreements turned into excuses for violence. As a financial advisor, I know that the politics, protests, and rioting in DC are just one factor affecting markets. I honestly don’t know what will happen over the next few weeks, but I can help you understand how it affects you as an investor.

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