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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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

Senate tax proposal gives deduction for pass-through businesses

November 10, 2017

Most financial advisers who own their own firms and pay taxes on their personal returns will not be able to take advantage of tax breaks in either the Senate or House bills. But when it comes to helping their small-business clients, the Senate's...

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...

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...

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: 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Tax plan secrecy evokes frenzy of concern from lobbyists and lawmakers

October 27, 2017

Republicans are barreling into a lobbying frenzy next week, when House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady plans to unveil a sweeping tax bill to remake the U.S. economy that's being crafted with rigorous secrecy. The stage was set with the...

Senate's takedown of the CFPB's class-action rule may pave way for challenge to Finra policy

October 25, 2017

After the Senate's rejection Tuesday of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule on class-action lawsuits, concern is brewing among investor advocates that the financial industry will set its sights on a similar policy at Finra. The Republican-controlled...

Trump, House tax chief send mixed signals on 401(k) tax break

October 25, 2017

President Donald J. Trump repeated his desire to keep tax breaks for workers' 401(k) contributions Wednesday — just hours after the chief tax writer in the House said his panel was exploring ways to change retirement savings in legislation...

Trump rejects idea of new caps on 401(k) savings in tax plan

October 23, 2017

President Donald J. Trump said there will not be changes to tax-deferred retirement savings plans under his proposed tax plan, shooting down reports that House Republicans were considering tweaking or capping one of the most popular breaks....

Shift to Roth 401(k)s 'highly likely' part of tax reform: former Treasury official Mark Iwry

October 19, 2017

Optimism from past weeks regarding the fate of 401(k) tax benefits under tax reform is beginning to wane, with some signaling that employees would have to pay taxes upfront on at least a portion of their retirement savings. Mark Iwry, a non-resident...

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