Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:33:00 -0400President Trump is expected to unveil a proposal for a 20 percentage point cut in the top corporate income tax rate. It could be part of a thoughtful reform, but, by itself, here's how it would create a gigantic loophole for high-income individuals.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:45:00 -0400A brief memoir of learning meditation basics after cold calling on muni-bonds all day.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:54:00 -0400Amending your taxes can involve extra opportunities but extra risks, here's why.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:11:00 -0400Wyoming Supreme Court ruled on the validity of a 1911 real estate tax assessment in order to settle an ownership dispute.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:10:00 -0400Today’s column addresses various questions about the timing of spousal benefits and examines the calculation of widow's benefits.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:52:00 -0400What is the fate of the athleisure trend? If athleisure has peaked, growth may not be as easy in the future as it was in the past for all companies in this category. And the stocks have suffered. All retail in general has suffered, athletic leisure in particular.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:54:00 -0400Global stock markets surged on Monday after French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron performed strongly in a Sunday vote that now will pit his centrist, business-platform platform against the far right candidacy of Marine Le Pen in a May runoff.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:40:00 -0400Taxpayers across the country breathed a sigh of relief after the arrest of Sagar Thakkar, the man accused of being the mastermind behind those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. Now, however, Indian police allege that American authorities don't have interest in the case.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:41:00 -0400Tax Day has come and gone. That doesn't mean that the filing season is over: now is the time that taxpayers inevitably panic over mistakes on previously filed returns. Missed forms 1099. Overlooked deductions. Incorrect Social Security numbers. Here's what you need to know to fix your mistakes.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:45:00 -0400If you have pre-tax, Roth, and taxable accounts, how much should you withdraw from each one? Here are some things to consider:
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:10:00 -0400Are we really headed towards a government shutdown? As Congress and the White House grapple with the next steps, here's what you need to know.
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The 16 day partial federal government shutdown in 2013 provides a road map to what will happen if Congress and the White House can’t reach a deal to keep the government operating at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2015, or if they reach a short-term deal, and a shutdown happens later.What’s open or closed is largely determined by the 1884 Antideficiency Act, as interpreted by the Reagan Administration and its successors. Bottom line: national defense and services needed to protect against imminent threats to human life or to property continue, as do certain services paid for by fees or appropriations outside the annual budget. But other services cease or slow and some economic losses can never be made up. Read the full story here.
No, the checks won’t be in the mail, but that’s because Social Security benefits are now only paid by electronic deposit. Social Security spending is authorized by a statute apart from the annual budget so the 65 million Americans receiving Social Security retirement, disability or survivors’ benefits will get their money on time. Military retiree and disability payments will also continue. Read the full story here.
The National Park Service estimates it receives an average of 800,000 visitors a day at the hundreds of parks, monuments, seashores and preserves it manages. While all parks were initially closed in 2013, as the shutdown dragged on, 13 sites, including the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty, were reopened using state funds. Total tourism losses were estimated at $500 million nationwide. Read the full story here.
The U.S. Postal Service, while it has its own chronic budget problems, is funded by stamps and other sales---not annual Congressional appropriations. That means it isn't directly affected by a federal shutdown. Post offices will also continue to accept passport applications, which the State Department can continue to process, since that's funded by user fees. Read the full story here.
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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:51:00 -0400Planning and saving for retirement does not have to be painful. A few simple retirement planning moves can help make the difference when April 17, 2018 rolls around.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:21:00 -0400Today’s column examines the differences between filing & suspending and restricted applications, divorced spousal benefits, divorced widow's benefits, the sequencing of spousal and retirement benefits and the calculation of spousal benefits.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:22:00 -0400If the government shuts down, IRS employees will likely be furloughed, which by one estimate could freeze roughly $8 billion in refunds owed to 2.5 million families, some of whom may be depending on the money to pay bills or fund big purchases.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:45:00 -0400If you’re thinking of investing in solar, geothermal or wind to power your house, here’s the latest on state and federal tax incentives.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400Most people struggle with ballooning debt burdens, whether mortgage payments or students loans. However, thanks to fintech, the personal finance space is witnessing interesting developments that might provide some relief to the debt-ridden.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:50:00 -0400On Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Ocwen, currently the largest servicer of subprime home mortgages in the United States, for "failing borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process."
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:54:00 -0400The tech prodigies and founders behind fintech start-up Aragon, a decentralized management platform for companies globally built on the Ethereum blockchain, have set the date for a crowdfund sale to pave the way for further development in its network and core technology.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:58:00 -0400It's 4/20, sometimes called National Weed Day. The possession of marijuana is prohibited by federal law even though a number of states have laws to the contrary - and are making money off of the once-forbidden drug.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:55:00 -0400Trump is not the first chief executive to wrestle with the optics of being a non-payer. In 1977 Jimmy Carter paid exactly nothing to the federal treasury.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:59:00 -0400It probably shouldn't be shocking that a federal VAT is among the choices to potentially replace the corporate tax in any major tax reform effort.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:33:00 -0400Morgan Stanley's rebounding shares continue to be supported by strengthening performance from the bank and its CEO James Gorman.
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