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  • Certain employers in the agricultural and farming industry are exempt from providing mandatory workers’ compensation insurance for their employees under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act if they employ less than 10 full-time employees (other than family members). However, to benefit from this exemption, the law requires that any qualifying employer must affirmatively provide the following written notice to each and every employee at the time of his or her hiring, or at least 31 days prior to the date of such employee’s injury: “In this employment you will not be covered by the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act, and you will […]

  • Nebraska is one of six states that imposes an inheritance tax when a resident of Nebraska, or an owner of land located in Nebraska, passes away. Spouses and charities are exempt. For transfers to other immediate family members, namely parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren, the inheritance tax rate is 1% on the value of the property that passes to each person over an exemption amount of $40,000 per person. For transfers to remote relatives (e.g., aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews), the inheritance tax rate is 13% on amounts over an exemption amount of $15,000 per person. For transfers to unrelated […]

  • When creating a new entity or opening a new business, there are a number of forms that need to be completed and registered with an appropriate government office. These forms can be confusing. Unfortunately, many not-so-honest companies take advantage of this confusion by sending new entities and businesses mailings that appear to be legitimate government forms. These mailings typically indicate that you need to send in a check immediately to complete the registration process or to avoid legal action. Do not get scammed by these fraudulent mailings. If you question the legitimacy of a mailing you receive, give our office a call […]

  • With the election of President Biden, coupled with the Democrats taking control of the House and Senate, there may be changes to the federal estate and gift tax-related laws.  However, due to the debate over legislation related to Covid-19 stimulus plans, some think the complex estate tax law changes may not be considered until the fall of 2021. Biden’s proposed changes to federal estate tax laws include: Reducing the estate tax exemption to $3.5 million; Increasing the federal estate tax rate to 45%; Eliminating the step-up in basis to the date of death fair market value of appreciated assets. Current […]

  • Karavas & Kranz, P.C. is excited to announce the opening of a new Central City, Nebraska office. This new location will provide an even more accessible option for our western and central Nebraska clients. Our new office will be staffed by Karen Wall, whom we are thrilled to add to our team.

  • There are many reasons to include a trust in your estate plan. While you may think of trusts being used by wealthy individuals, there is no wealth requirement to establish a trust rather it is about choice and control. A trust is a legal document created to accomplish certain family, tax, or other financial objectives. Think of a trust as a private agreement between the person who creates the trust (called “grantor” or “settlor” – same meaning) and the person the grantor designates to manage the trust assets (called the “trustee”) for the benefit of the trust’s “beneficiaries.” There are […]

  • Social media, online banking, digital music, photos on the cloud…if you become disabled, or worse, pass away, can your family access your digital assets?  Likely not, unless you have granted someone legal authority to have such access.  When did you last update your power of attorney document? Your will or trust?  If it was at a time you still used a paper calendar, it may be time to consult legal counsel to update your estate planning documents.  We can help.  Give us a call and we can start a dialogue to make sure your planning documents are current and convey […]

  • (As featured in the Nebraska Lawyer Magazine) By Carl Steffen1 At the ripe “old” age of 36, I have had the fortunate experience of seeing the Internet become the primary mode of information and also working with the spectrum of people who still enjoy using phone books and millennials who don’t even know what a phone book is. It’s safe to say the existence of “brick and mortar” companies is dwindling and, quite frankly, more and more people look to the Internet first for literally everything. I’ve worked for information technology shops and software development companies and currently own several […]

  • The topic of succession planning can be overwhelming.  Where do you start? What steps do you take? Rest assured that the process is not as daunting as it may seem. In reality, you can approach succession planning with one single hand.  Even with your phone or tablet in one hand, you have a hand left to assist you with planning. Reach out, pull in information and ideas, and stretch to consider expectations: Have you talked generally about succession planning with your family, friends, others involved in the same type of business, and lenders? Have you assembled your professional team to help you – an […]

  • If you give anything of value, whether cash, equipment, or land, to someone as a gift, you may wonder if you or the recipient will have any tax consequences.  If it is truly a “gift” and not payment for something, then generally there will not be an income tax consequence.  While you should consult your CPA or attorney, in general, the only tax that may be at issue is federal gift tax.  Many gifts are not subject to the gift tax.  Following are a few gift tax tips: 1. General rule. The general rule is that any gift is a […]