Extra Planning Required For
Married Couples Relocating Into or Out of a Community Property
married couples living in a community property state, money
earned and property acquired by either spouse during marriage
generally is "community property"
- meaning each spouse has an undivided one-half interest
(regardless of how property is titled).
When one spouse dies, his or her share of community property
goes to the surviving spouse unless a will provides otherwise.
Typically, property retains its character as community or
separate property when you move from one state to another
unless you take an action that causes the character to change.
relocating from community property states. A common
mistake is to unintentionally convert community property into
jointly held property. Community property offers a tax
advantage: It generally is entitled to a fully stepped-up
basis in the hands of a surviving spouse. With jointly owned
property, the surviving spouse receives a stepped-up basis on
only half of the property's value.
relocating to community property states. A
potential trap involves "quasi-community property" — property
that would have been community property if the couple had
lived in the new state all along. Some states treat such
property as community property, which can lead to unpleasant
When relocating, it's critical to find out how a new state's
laws will affect your property rights. If you're in this
situation and have questions, please contact us.
SMEED CPA Adds Financial
Services To Help Clients With
Investments & Insurance
often we here at SMEED CPA are asked about financial issues
that impact our clients investments and their portfolios.
We always offered our opinion and suggestions but in order to
help our clients actually execute the changes we suggest,
SMEED has created a Financial Services division.
SMEED Financial Services, Inc. will be able to
work with both individual and business clients on their
investment portfolios and manage assets on their behalf.
SMEED Financial will include Michael Uadiale,
ACA, CPA, CGMA; and Pablo Blanco who has
recently joined SMEED and comes with over 18 years of
financial sales and advising experience with affluent
Watch your inbox and mail boxes for more specific information
on services SMEED Financial Services, Inc will make available
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Feedback & Testimonial
on Our Hotline?
Hello it’s Michael Uadiale, CPA of
SMEED CPA Inc. We’ve just installed a toll-free
number that I would like for you to call and tell me how you
think we are doing as your CPA firm.
Just dial 800-609-9006
extension 3638 and follow the instructions. If we’ve
done a good job please let me know. And if we can
improve on anything, please mention that too.
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When they do this we want to
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is to give us an
ONLINE REVIEW on our Google Maps/Places listing --->
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click here to go to our Google Listing for SMEED CPA and
click on the
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Scroll down to the Review area.
On either site it may say: Been here?
Rate and review
You will click on the Rate and
review link and then log in, then
give us a review!
You can choose between 1 and 5
STARS and write in what you think about the tax or accounting
work we have done for you.
It's that simple. Thank
you in advance for your help and cooperation!
As always you can call our offices if you have any
questions about these or any other accounting related issues, at
Regards, Michael Uadiale, CPA,
Managing Partner, SMEED CPA,