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Category: Tax and Financial News

Secure 2.0 Retirement Bill - May. 01, 2022

Secure 2.0 Retirement BillAt the very end of March, the House of Representatives passed a version of the bill known as Secure 2.0. The bill passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in a 414-5 vote. The House version still needs to pass in the Senate, where there are differing ideas on exactly what the bill should contain. […] read more

What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know This Season - Apr. 01, 2022

What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know This SeasonThe IRS is currently suffering a severe backlog in processing returns from 2021 for the 2020 tax year. As of Dec. 31, there were still more than 6 million unprocessed individual returns with notices and pending refunds. There are a few things every taxpayer should know that can help them navigate any delays in filing […] read more

Taxation of Legal Settlements and Fees - Mar. 01, 2022

Taxation of Legal Settlements and FeesThe taxation of legal settlements and fees is a complex topic. While the mechanics to make a proper claim are now easier, the rules are still complex. Below we look at six rules to consider when it comes to the taxation of legal settlements and the deduction of legal fees on your taxes. Taxes depend […] read more

2022 U.S. Tax Legislation Forecast - Feb. 01, 2022

2022 U.S. Tax Legislation ForecastNo one knows for sure what 2022 will bring in the form of tax legislation, but there is certain to be some action. Top tax analysts think there are several topics that are likely to come up in 2022. Most predict that a lot of potential changes that were discussed but never made much traction […] read more

The Risks of Using Self-Directed IRAs - Jan. 01, 2022

The Risks of Using Self-Directed IRAsSelf-directed IRAs (SDIRAs) are becoming more and more popular as IRA holders look to enter alternative investments. While SDIRAs can open up a world of investment options, the rules around them are complicated and compliance can be tricky. Below, we’ll look at a couple of relevant court cases that illustrate some of the potential pitfalls. […] read more

Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Individuals and Businesses - Dec. 01, 2021

Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Individuals and BusinessesHere we are again, nearing the end of another year. While the tax deadline for 2021 isn’t until April 2022, now is the time to plan and make some strategic moves to optimize your tax situation. Below we’ll look at some tax planning ideas for both small businesses and individuals. Business Tax Planning Business owners […] read more

Potential New Tax on Stock Buybacks and What it Could Mean for the Financial Markets - Nov. 01, 2021

Potential New Tax on Stock Buybacks and What it Could Mean for the Financial MarketsPresident Biden’s latest spending bill could result in a new tax on corporate stock buybacks. In its most recent incarnation, the Senate version of the plan includes a 2 percent excise tax on stock buybacks. Still, this isn’t enough for many critics of stock buybacks, who claim they incentivize short-term behavior in lieu of long-term […] read more

New Proposed Tax Laws - Oct. 01, 2021

New Proposed Tax LawsThe House recently released a nearly 900-page proposed bill that would make major changes to current tax laws. The bill is intended in large part to help pay for both the Biden Administration’s budget and infrastructure stimulus bill. It’s important to keep in mind that the provisions and changes outlined below are by no means […] read more

How to Turn a Summer Job into a Tax-Free Retirement Nest Egg and More - Aug. 01, 2021

How to Turn a Summer Job into a Tax-Free Retirement Nest Egg and MoreTis the season for summer jobs for high school and college kids. These seasonal jobs are more than just an opportunity for teens and college students to earn some money and gain experience. They also provide the opportunity for seeding a significant retirement nest egg and even a down payment on a home through a […] read more

Restricted Stock & RSUs: 3 Planning Tips - Jul. 01, 2021

Restricted Stock & RSUs: 3 Planning TipsEquity compensation is becoming more mainstream and is not just for executives anymore. Grants of restricted stock or restricted stock units (RSUs) are getting to be more common than stock options – and the rules are different, as is the tax planning. Below we will look at some of the particulars of how restricted stock […] read more