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Ask Larry: ​​Suspending After Taking Retroactive Benefits?

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:24:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses when benefits can be suspended, sequencing benefits, understanding the availability of benefits, divorced spousal benefits and COLAs.


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Tax Reform Might Come, Let's Wait And See

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:19:00 -0400

Tax reform proposals are too vague to influence current business decisions. Just wait and see.


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Watchdog Report: IRS Continues To Rehire Problem Employees

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:06:00 -0400

IRS rehires employees who misbehave, but why? Will you have to deal with one of them during your next audit?


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What Insurance Do You Need To Avoid Financial Ruin?

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:42:00 -0400

Insurance is vital for your financial life. If disaster strikes, how will you pay for it? Here's what you need to know.


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After Healthcare Fail, GOP Moves On To Tax Reform: Here's What They Propose

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:35:00 -0400

After failing to repeal Obamacare, Congress is taking on tax reform - a job many have declared will be even more difficult than health care reform. To emphasize their commitment to the task, joint leadership from the Senate, House and White House have released a statement.


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Fifth Circuit Examines Intersection Of IRA Withdrawals And Bankruptcy Exemptions

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:32:00 -0400

A recent case demonstrates the intersection between federal bankruptcy law and local law (in this case, Texas) as it applies to the exempt status of IRAs—particularly with respect to IRA rollovers (or the lack thereof).


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An Insider Explains Why Wall Street's Big Money Focus On Sustainability Is Here To Stay

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:54:00 -0400

Bruce H. Goldfarb is often the man behind the scenes of Wall Street's biggest shareholder fights. He explains why hedge funds and ETFs alike are sharpening their focus on issues like sustainability and diversity, in addition to corporate governance.


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Why Millennials Should Embrace Roth 401(k)s

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:43:00 -0400

Ask your employer to add a Roth account option to your workplace retirement plan.


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Wall Street's Smart Money Continues To Bet On The New Financials From BlackRock To Blackstone

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:09:00 -0400

The biggest and best performing investors on the planet are beginning to look beyond banks and instead are placing major bets Wall Street's new financials, from Blackstone to BlackRock.


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Ask Larry: Does Increased Income Equal Lower Spousal Benefits?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0400

Today’s column answers questions about the effects of higher income than expected, how disabled adult child benefits are valued, how wages are counted, when to file for what benefit and potential survivor benefits.


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Even If Your Payroll Firm Steals Your Employment Taxes, You Must Pay IRS

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:51:00 -0400

Payroll services can file employment tax returns and hand over withheld monies to the IRS. But what if your payroll service steals your tax money before the IRS receives it? You guessed it, you are still liable for all the taxes.


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Abysmal Financial Literacy Rates For Women Are Hurting Their Retirement Security

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:39:00 -0400

Retirement income literacy rates are shockingly low among retirement age women. The low literacy levels are negatively impacting the retirement security of women. Women can improve their situations by taking a more proactive role in financial planning and seek out help from a qualified advisor.


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Ark Encounter Local Tax Scandal Not Very Scandalous

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:01:00 -0400

Ken Ham's Noah's ark replica gave rise to a local tax dispute that was probably overblown by a hostile blogosphere.


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Are Sales Tax Holidays A Good Thing?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:09:00 -0400

Are sales tax holidays a good thing? Some argue that they're money-savers but the Tax Foundation says different, claiming they are "political gimmicks" which promote bad tax policy.


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Lessons From India's Ambitious Tax Reform Adventure

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:29:00 -0400

India has undertaken the most significant tax reform project in the country’s history.


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5 Year Prison Terms Over Payroll Taxes Warn Employers About IRS

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:54:00 -0400

Every employer must withhold taxes from employee wages, and pay them to the IRS. Violators can face steep penalties, and in some cases prosecution and prison.


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Tax Reform For Dummies: 2017 Edition

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:33:00 -0400

The GOP is ready to move on from the healthcare debate and take on tax reform. But what is tax reform, and how does it differ from tax cuts? And most importantly, is reform really possible?


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Does Divorce Derail Retirement?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:56:00 -0400

Divorce at or near retirement can have a devastating effect on your finances. It pays to know the perils, and how to deal with them.


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New IRS Scandal - Syndication Of Conservation Easement Deductions

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:25:00 -0400

IRS Commissioner advises Senator Wyden that taxpayers are claiming nine for one charitable contribution deductions on syndicated conservation easement donations.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can We Restrict An Application After Withdrawing?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:41:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses the ability to restrict applications after withdrawing a previous application, widow(er)'s benefits available on multiple spouses, the difference between filing and suspending and simply delaying, continued income and benefit amounts and how spousal benefits are calculated.


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IRS Releases Mayweather Tax Lien, Here's How IRS Can Release Yours

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:52:00 -0400

Floyd Mayweather still owes the IRS close to $30M, so why was one IRS tax lien just released, and can you get the same deal?


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Ask The Taxgirl: Are Payments Made To An Ex Always Alimony?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:34:00 -0400

It's "Ask the Taxgirl" and today we tackle alimony.


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Court Allows Anonymous Coinbase Customer To Challenge IRS On Info Grab

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:50:00 -0400

"John Doe 4" has been granted the right to intervene in an ongoing court case between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Coinbase. That gives the anonymous Coinbase customer the ability to contest the IRS' efforts to identify and obtain Coinbase customer information.


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Ask Larry: ​​Will I Get A Spousal Benefit?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:04:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses questions about spousal benefits, whether widow(er)'s benefits can be suspended and switching between spousal and retirement benefits.


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Social Security Warns On New Scheme Similar To IRS Phone Scams

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:55:00 -0400

Financial scams involving individuals posing as government employees aren't limited to those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. There's a new scam making the rounds - and this time, it involves individuals claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA).


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Recent Tax Court Decisions Point Out ACA Pitfalls For Taxpayers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:16:00 -0400

Christine Speidel discusses the Premium Tax Credit, and two situations where taxpayers were left with sizeable tax deficiencies after purchasing insurance.



Is Your New Tax Professional Secretly A Robot?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:19:00 -0400

Could a robot be doing your tax return? There was a time when that sounded far-fetched. But according to EY Americas Tax Talent Leader Martin Fiore, it's happening already.


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How Goods And Service Tax (GST) Impacts Five Key Sectors Of India's Economy

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:50:00 -0400

As Goods and Service Tax gets implemented in the biggest nation in South Asia. The article looks at the impact GST will have, in terms of prices, on the five most popular sectors for Indian startups.


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Reagan Reborn: Emmanuel Macron Set To Lead A French Economic Revolution

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:55:00 -0400

Emmanuel Macron’s political startup, En Marche! has taken the French government by storm. If he succeeds in implementing his pro-growth reform agenda, France will lead Europe in economic growth to the delight of investors.


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