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No-SALT diet could be financially unhealthy for some clients

November 17, 2017

Financial advisers are bracing for a no- or low-SALT diet for their clients. The Senate tax-reform bill, which was approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday night, would get rid of all state and local tax deductions to help pay for...

Senate committee approves tax plan but full passage not assured

November 17, 2017

Hours after House Republicans jubilantly passed their tax bill, their colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee approved a far different version -- one that postpones difficult questions as lawmakers rush to refashion much of the U.S. economy...

Tax reform: Retirement industry dodges bullet as Senate and House bills advance

November 17, 2017

The retirement industry can breathe a collective sigh of relief today as the House and Senate tax bills advance in their respective chambers. Despite all the doomsday talk relative to setting strict limits on pre-tax 401(k) contributions and...

Jeffrey Gundlach attacks break for hedge funds in tax plan

November 16, 2017

Jeffrey Gundlach, chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital, said the congressional tax plan would expand the federal deficit and help a small fraction of the U.S. population, including hedge fund managers. "I'm very disappointed incidentally...

House passes tax bill, focus turns to Senate

November 16, 2017

House Republicans passed their version of legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code by slashing the corporate tax rate, lowering tax burdens for most individuals and adding an estimated $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade....

Morningstar's tax-cost ratios beat its fund rankings

November 15, 2017

In 1973, Burt Malkiel published the first of what would become nine editions of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street." He popularized the efficient markets hypothesis, in which stock prices accurately reflect future expectations so that stock-picking...

Changes to Senate tax bill affect pass-throughs, Roths

November 15, 2017

The Joint Committee on Taxation released a modified version of the Senate GOP tax bill late Tuesday that offers a mixed bag of pros and cons for financial advisers and their clients. Primarily, in a huge departure from its original proposal,...

Repealing estate tax could open new path to wealth for clients

November 14, 2017

As House and Senate Republicans pursue competing tax overhaul plans, financial advisers should be aware that one big disagreement is the estate tax. House Republicans want to repeal it in 2024 while their Senate colleagues want to preserve it....

Tax reform: What advisers need to know about the Senate bill

November 9, 2017

Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee released their tax-reform bill on Thursday. Here are the highlights for financial advisers along with a comparison to the House bill, an amended version of which was approved on Thursday by...

Prepare clients for an untimely end to Roth conversion do-overs

November 9, 2017

The new tax proposal from Congress had a November surprise. The proposal includes a repeal of the Roth IRA recharacterization, which is the ability to undo a Roth conversion. I normally don't like to advise planning based on proposed law, but...

Tax reform: House bill revisions include lower pass-through rate for small businesses

November 9, 2017

An amendment from the chairman of the House tax writing committee modified several provisions of the GOP tax overhaul bill to tweak rules for pass-through businesses, restore the adoption credit, and allow car dealers to write off interest on...

GOP tax plan creates surprise divorce penalty

November 6, 2017

Apparently, nobody saw this one coming. The recently unveiled Republican tax plan would eliminate the current deduction for alimony, potentially changing the calculus of future divorce settlements. Currently, ex-spouses who pay alimony or similar...

Tax reform: Advisers spy loopholes in proposed pass-through tax rules

November 6, 2017

Financial advisory firms might feel snubbed by the House's tax-reform package that specifically excludes such service-sector businesses from a lower tax rate, but that doesn't mean advisers and tax planners won't be busy helping their business-owner...

Tax reform: Advisers will have plenty to digest as legislation works its way through Congress

November 5, 2017

And we're off. The starting pistol has been fired in the race to get a tax-reform bill to President Donald J. Trump before the year ends. Financial advisers should keep a close eye on changes made to the proposed tax bill put forth last Thursday...

Tax reform: How the House bill changes rules for retirement savings

November 3, 2017

The headline news for retirement plan advisers Thursday upon the unveiling of the House tax bill was that a reduction in the pre-tax 401(k) savings limit is off the table, for now. But there are plenty of other details in the tax-reform legislation,...

Tax reform: What advisers need to know about the House bill

November 2, 2017

Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee released their long-awaited tax-reform bill on Thursday. Here are the highlights so far for financial advisers. Tax rates The plan would reduce the number of marginal income-tax rates...

Why the House tax bill could be a 'bonanza' for advisers

November 2, 2017

The tax bill unveiled Thursday morning has far-reaching implications for financial advisers and their clients, from an overhaul of individual tax rates to the elimination of useful tax strategies and deductions. "I think there's going to be...

Advisory firm owners unlikely to see windfall on tax returns from House bill

November 2, 2017

Financial advisers who own their own firms and pay their business taxes through their personal returns probably won't see a windfall from the House Republican tax proposal released on Thursday. Under the plan, small businesses that operate as...

Brace clients for a big capital gains season

November 2, 2017

Brace yourself – and your clients – for big capital gains distributions this year. The number of funds with estimated distributions of 10% or more of their share price have already passed the 2016 mark, says Mark Wilson, CEO of Mile Wealth...

Retirement-savings advocates to mobilize forces if tax-reform plan cuts benefits

October 31, 2017

On the eve of the release of the House Republican tax-reform proposal, retirement-savings advocates are hoping for the best but preparing to swing into action if the plan is too stringent on curtailing pre-tax contributions to retirement plans....

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