With the 2015 revelation that the IRS data breach involved over 330,000 taxpayer records (the IRS originally reported only 104,000 records were compromised), and more breaches followed, the IRS is finally under sufficient pressure to implement some formal procedures to assist taxpayers who have experienced a governmental, corporate or other data breach.
As many of you know, President Trump has proposed lower tax rates across the board, including taxes on capital gain income and ordinary income rates. In addition, the 3.8 percent Obamacare Medicare tax on net investment income may also be on the chopping block.
Whether or not the proposed tax changes tax place, CRTs should remain a smart strategy for generous taxpayers planning to sell appreciated assets such as marketable securities, real estate and certain closely held businesses.
If you’ve ever picked up a golf club you can probably relate to my friend who upon having a particularly rough day on the course declared “I know what I’m going to do to fix my game. I’m going to take two weeks off and then quit.”
Next month, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. While the outcome is unknown, one thing is for certain: There will be a steady stream of opinions from pundits and prognosticators about how the election will impact the stock market.
This follow-up to "The Tyranny of Choice" details how the Advisors Access approach enabled two plan sponsors to enhance their plans, reduce their fiduciary liability, and lower costs.READ MORE »
The New Year arrives to find U.S. stocks in the midst of one of the more robust and unexpected market rallies in recent years. With the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Presidential election resolved in early November, stocks surged upward during the last half of Fourth Quarter 2016 and never looked back.READ MORE »