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Treasury calculator helps taxpayers ensure accurate federal tax withholdings

February 28, 2018

The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a calculator Wednesday to help Americans determine whether the amount of federal taxes being withheld from their pay is accurate under a new tax law. The tax overhaul, passed by congressional Republicans...

Repeal of investment expense deduction may change advisers' fee strategy

January 24, 2018

The last two months of 2017 were a blur of activity when it came to income taxes, as financial advisers and clients scrambled to decipher what was rumor, what was actually proposed and what finally became law. One change that may have slipped...

Tax bill creates adviser challenges for long-term planning

January 17, 2018

The biggest problem with the new tax bill, according to Steven Siegel of consulting firm The Siegel Group, is that so much of it is temporary. Nearly every provision passed in the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will sunset in 2025. A more...

IRS releases new withholding tables

January 11, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service released guidance for employers about how much tax they should withhold from workers' paychecks in 2018 — and said it would soon offer an online calculator that employees can use to make sure the amounts are correct....

Tax reform threatens a powerful client relationship tool

October 13, 2017

This won't be your father's tax reform process – and it may not be the one your business needs either. That's because it might take away investment advisers' number one secret weapon for building strong relationships with their clients –...

Trump reconsiders plan to eliminate deduction for state, local taxes

October 12, 2017

Months after the White House proposed ending a tax break for people in high-tax states, President Donald J. Trump grew angry when he learned that the change would hurt some middle-income taxpayers, according to two people familiar with his thinking....

Are your wealthy clients prepared when the IRS comes knocking?

September 21, 2017

The IRS budget may be shrinking, but its examinations of high-net-worth taxpayers are surprisingly robust. These examinations often yield favorable results for the IRS, and high-net-worth taxpayers may increasingly find themselves and their...

Changing state residency: Tax planning headaches and opportunities

May 16, 2017

When it comes to tax planning, the federal income tax receives the lion's share of the attention, and rightly so. But what about state income taxes? State tax rates vary wildly around the country, with California leading the charge with a top...

Is tax-loss harvesting really that beneficial?

April 26, 2017

Many articles and websites tout the wonderful benefits of tax-loss harvesting, especially if you ask the robo-advisers. Should we take these claims at face value or is there more to the story? A closer look reveals that tax-loss harvesting is...

Kiddie tax rules can catch both advisers and investors by surprise

August 23, 2017

When your clients hear the term "kiddie tax," they might think of an introduction to personal finance class at their children's elementary school. But as many of us have learned, it's actually an all-too-real tax on a child's investment and...

What if the 2011 tax rate is set late?

October 3, 2010

It is likely that nothing will be known about the tax rate for 2011 until after the November elections. History shows us that if everyone knows that taxes are going up, taxpayers will employ strategies to accelerate income into this year. When...

Some good news for Madoff victims

April 5, 2009

The release of Internal Revenue Service Ruling 2009-9 and Revenue Procedure 2009-20 be-fore the April 15 filing deadline has granted timely guidance to victims of Bernard Madoff. For those accepting the government's safe-harbor offer, there...

Making most of excess capital losses

March 8, 2009

Since the market has devastated portfolios, many investors find themselves with substantial capital losses. Some losses are still unrealized, and others have been realized and can be used to offset capital gains. Unfortunately, capital losses...

Kudos to the tax writers

October 26, 2008

The government rescue plan inevitably will produce many villains. But one group that has performed like heroes in this turmoil is the Washington tax writers, who acted quickly to remove possible tax roadblocks to free up seized credit markets....

Are deferrals worth it?

June 30, 2008

Last time, I discussed the rationale behind accelerating the payment of taxes rather than deferring taxes for as long as possible. In some cases, early payment makes sense. However, paying a tax early entails voluntarily depleting the money...

Harvest your capital gains?

June 2, 2008

A mantra of tax-efficient investing is to harvest capital losses and defer all gains. Does it ever make sense to take capital gains voluntarily? As a rule of thumb, no, but there are exceptions. Both Howard Marmorstein, associate professor of...

How fees can trigger stealth taxes

April 7, 2008

Since the tax laws are so complex, and often inconsistent, it's no wonder that the tax treatment of investment management fees varies widely. Consider investment management fees paid by a trust. The Supreme Court recently ruled that these costs...

A possible wallop for master limited partnerships

August 20, 2007

Washington tax talk these days seems focused on hedge funds, their investors and their managers. Much of the talk involves leveraged-buyout firms and hedge fund managers, such as The Blackstone Group LLP of New York, and the consequences of...

GE return validates e-filing strategy, IRS claims

June 12, 2006

The Internal Revenue Service is patting itself and its corporate e-filing program on the back after receiving the e-filing of the nation's largest tax return from General Electric Co. On paper, GE's e-filed return would have been about 24,000...

Free File Alliance selling of services rankles Grassley

April 24, 2006

Too many Free File Alliance members are marketing expensive products aggressively, charging for basic services and offering free preparation for too few tax forms, according to an analysis the Senate Finance Committee has conducted. The alliance...

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