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IRS Warns Again On Email Scam After FBI Reports Billions In Related Losses

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:15:00 -0400

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies, and the tax industry have announced a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. A variation on the scam has cost businesses more than $3 billion over the past two years.

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Middle Market M&A -- What's My Company Worth?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:10:00 -0400

If you are like most business owners, you believe your company has a specific value . . . a point estimate. In reality, your company has multiple values at the same time . . . and you don't get to choose.

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What To Do If You Win The Lottery

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:53:00 -0400

What should you do if you actually win the lottery? Here's your game plan in 7 steps.

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IRS Notches Big Tax Court Win On 831(b) Captive Insurance In Avrahami Decision

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:12:00 -0400

The U.S. Tax Court entered its Opinion in favor of the IRS in the Avrahami case.

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Don't Forget About Taxes When Looking For The Perfect Rental

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:40:00 -0400

Think you're missing out on all of the deductions if you rent a home? Think again. Here are a few tax breaks that renters may benefit from pursuing.

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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Divorced Spousal Benefits Now, Retirement Later?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:15:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses sequencing divorced spousal and retirement benefits, whether pension survivor benefits affect Social Security benefit amounts, when to apply, the availability of divorced spousal benefits and benefits available to parents dependent on a deceased child.

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Donald Trump Is Beginning To Lose To Obama In His Favorite Metric: Stock Market Performance

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:28:00 -0400

With more than 200 days in the White House complete, President Donald Trump is beginning to fall behind his predecessor President Barack Obama on one key gauge of his agenda: The stock market.

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American Living In Canada Loses First Round In Fight Against Harsh IRS Penalty

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:17:00 -0400

American living in Canada seeks refund of large penalty for failure to file a disclosure form to IRS.

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Ask Larry: ​​Should My Wife File Now?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:33:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses questions about when and how to file in different situations, the ramifications of having a public pension and sequencing widow(er)'s and retirement benefits.

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Tax Preparer Promises A Big Refund? Beware Of Claims Too Good To Be True

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:22:00 -0400

When a tax preparer guarantees you a large refund without seeing your information, perhaps it's too good to be true?

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Whoever Gets Appointed To The Fed, Expect Negative Rates And QE In The Next Crisis

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:55:00 -0400

So when the next crisis hits, you can expect more QE and perhaps even negative rates.

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On Anniversary Of Klondike Fever, Here's What You Need To Know About Taxes On Gold

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:19:00 -0400

On this day in history, prospectors found gold in the Klondike. Today you don't have to go digging to buy gold as an investment. Here's what you need to know about paying taxes on gold.

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Wells Fargo's Attempt At Redemption: Scandal-Plagued Lender Names Former Fed Official As Chair

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:25:00 -0400

Amid scandals, regulatory investigations and shareholder unrest, former Fed governor Elizabeth Duke will take one of the biggest jobs in banking as Wells Fargo's next chair. The nomination instantly makes Duke one of the most powerful woman in finance.

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Ask Larry: Spousal After Husband Files And Suspends?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:37:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses spousal benefits after filing and suspending, the earnings test, filing strategies for a married couple, survivor benefits and the availability of benefits.

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Sharknado - SEC Targets Landsharks, Congress Those At Sea

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:07:00 -0400

Why does retail fraud seem so rampant? One reason, is the Dodd-Frank Act. It directed the SEC to de-register small retail investment advisers - leaving responsibility for these providers to states - where oversight and enforcement practices are inconsistent, unreliable and strapped for resources.

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Cryptocurrency Traders Risk IRS Trouble With Like-Kind Exchanges

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:28:00 -0400

Many cryptocurrency investors are inappropriately deferring capital gains taxes when they exchange one cryptocurrency for another. An example of this practice: exchanging Bitcoin for Ethereum through a cryptocurrency exchange and using IRC Section 1031 “like-kind” exchanges.

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Gulf Disunity On Display Once More, As Plans For Introduction Of VAT Diverge

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:11:00 -0400

Comments by a UAE tax official indicate that the six Gulf countries will introduce VAT at different times, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE the first to move.

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Grandparents Lose Tax Benefits To Daughter's Common-Law Marriage

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:04:00 -0400

Grandparents did not know daughter was filing a joint return - or married at all - when they claimed the grandchildren as dependents.

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Ask The Taxgirl: Marriage & Money While Living Abroad

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:59:00 -0400

It's "Ask The Taxgirl." Today's question focuses on tax issues faced by US citizens living abroad, as well as the definition of marriage.

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Will Republicans Ever Be Able To Focus On Tax Reform?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:58:00 -0400

Despite talking about tax reform as a centerpiece of their agenda since 2010, the GOP really hasn’t done much of the work to build support within their caucus and the public at large for a real plan.

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Tax Geek Tuesday: Applying Section 704(c) To Contributions Of Property To A Partnership

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:46:00 -0400

Tax Geek Tuesday is back, this time with an in-depth look at applying the principles of Section 704(c) when a partner contributes appreciated property to a partnership.

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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Will Lower Income This Year Lower My Benefit?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:07:00 -0400

Today’s column explores the effects of lower income before filing, sequencing retirement and divorced widow(er)'s benefits, how earnings and benefits affect taxes, the earnings test and early spousal benefits.

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Ask The Taxgirl: Filling Out A Form W-9 When You're Paid In Cash

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:49:00 -0400

It's time for "Ask the Taxgirl." Today's question focuses on being paid in cash (or barter, bitcoin, etc.) and filling out a form W-9.

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6 Ways To Survive Retirement Income Shocks

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:14:00 -0400

You will probably get slammed by an income shock in your life. Here's how to survive them -- and retire with dignity.

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A Tax Reform Wish List For Traders

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:03:00 -0400

Tax reform is on the horizon, and I hope lawmakers are aware of traders' unique tax needs.

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Ask Larry: ​​Should I File And Suspend?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:36:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses questions about filing and suspending, remarriage, widow(er)'s benefits, sequencing benefits for married couples and the advisability of filing earlier rather than later.

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Billion Dollars In Losses From EY Tax Shelter Knocked Out By Tax Court

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:01:00 -0400

Tax Court disallows billion dollars in losses from EY tax shelters

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Tax Court Nixes Roth IRA Tax Shelter

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:56:00 -0400

Mixing an LLC and your IRA can be dangerous.

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The 3-2-1 On U.S. Economic Growth: Hope For 3, Plan For 2, Pray It Isn't 1

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:02:00 -0400

When mainstream forecasters consult their crystal balls, they typically see real economic growth around 2% annually over the next decade. When President Trump looks in his glowing orb, he sees a happier answer: 3%. But could our economy really grow that fast? Here's why that's unlikely.

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