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Former FC Barcelona President Arrested Following Raids In Spain

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:23:00 -0400

Former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested. Rosell's arrest followed several early morning raids on Rosell's businesses as well as his home near the famed Camp Nou where the Barcelona soccer team plays, as part of a suspected money laundering scheme.


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Getting To Know You Tuesday: Louis T. Wierenga

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:34:00 -0400

It's Getting To Know You Tuesday. Today our tax pro is Louis T. Wierenga.


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For His Budget To Make Sense, Trump Needs A Can Opener

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:21:00 -0400

The Trump administration's claims about its 2018 spending proposal only hang together thanks to that hypothetical kitchen device, a big dose of supply side economics, and a black box the size of an aircraft hanger.


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Labor Secretary Acosta Concedes Fiduciary Rule Cannot Be Legally Stopped Before June 9th

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:11:00 -0400

After Trump's order to delay and end the fiduciary rule, Labor Secretary Acosta concedes that he cannot legally stop the rule before June 9th, 2017 but notes that the rule still does not fit into Trump's anti-regulation stance and could be changed in the near future.


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IRS Amnesty Can Cover Broader Tax Evasion Too

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:52:00 -0400

Tax evasion is criminal, and the penalties can be severe. Using the IRS amnesty for offshore accounts can be a clever way to fix much broader tax evasion, provided that you apply before the IRS finds you.


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Trump's Plan To Make Student Loan Customer Service Great Again

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

President Trump plans to overhaul student loan servicing, and select one company to service all federal student loans. Here's what you need to know.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Suspend Retirement For Widower's Benefits?

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:29:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses whether it's possible to switch to a full widow(er)'s benefit after getting a retirement benefit, the availability of spousal benefits, multiple spouses filing on a single record, filing decisions and benefits available after divorce.


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Housing Industry Panicking About Tax Reform

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:53:00 -0400

The National Apartment Association and the National Multifamily Housing Council are concerned that looming tax reform might have a bad impact on the rental housing industry. So they have initiated a grassroots program to raise the alarm.


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Retirement Questions Answered: 4 Essential Queries

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:08:00 -0400

There are four things you need to know when asking questions about retirement readiness.


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7 Things To Do Right Now To Save On Taxes This Year

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:05:00 -0400

With the beginning of summer just around the corner, chances are that you're not thinking about your 2017 taxes - but you should be. Here are seven things you can do right now to save on taxes for next season.


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State-Level Income Tax Is Secretly Going Up Under Tax Reform

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:30:00 -0400

Tax reform is in the works. Most itemized deductions -- including state-level income tax -- will go away. As such, without a deduction, the net effective income tax rate imposed by states will be higher. This makes planning for state-level income tax that much more important.


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Blackstone Unveils $40 Billion Infrastructure Mega Fund With Saudi Arabia As President Trump Visits

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:05:00 -0400

As President Donald Trump visits Saudi Arabia on the biggest foreign trip of his presidency, private equity giant Blackstone Group is unveiling a $40 billion infrastructure fund with the gulf nation, which will primarily invest in the United States.


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Congress Questions IRS On Efforts To Access Coinbase Customer Data

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:50:00 -0400

For months, customers, lawyers, and privacy experts have been voicing concerns about the scope of a "John Doe" summons that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeks to serve on on Coinbase. Now, Congress has joined the clamor.


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Ask Larry: ​​Can We Increase My Wife's Benefits?

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:23:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses questions about when to reinstate after suspending a retirement benefit, increasing a spouse's benefits, sequencing widow's and retirement benefits, whether it's possible to suspend a retirement benefit before full retirement age and the availability of spousal benefits.


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5 Key Facts From Your Social Security Statement

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:10:00 -0400

Social Security needs to be understood before you plan for retirement. Here's what you need to know.


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My Mother's Maiden Name Is Cumberbatch (And Other Lies I Tell For The Sake Of Security)

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Adam K. Levin, a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance, told me that one of the best ways to protect yourself against identity theft is ...


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Consider Smart Tax Moves Now That Work With Possible Reform

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:29:00 -0400

Republicans are pushing forward with their tax reform agenda. Many traders feel like a deer caught in headlights. They are anxious to make smart moves for 2017 tax planning based on current law and are uncertain if tax reform changes will enhance or undermine their maneuvers.


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Hedge Fund Billionaire Leon Cooperman Settles With SEC On Insider Trading Charges

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:45:00 -0400

Hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman has settled the insider trading case with the SEC without admitting wrongdoing or agreeing any industry bar. As part of the settlement, which still has to be approved by courts, Cooperman will fork over a total of $4.9 million in fines and penalties.


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Charities Could Lose $13 Billion A Year Under Trump Tax Plan, They're Fighting Back

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:39:00 -0400

Is it better to let everyone get a tax deduction for gifts to charity, not just itemizers?


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Tax Professionals Take Taxpayer Concerns To Congress

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:47:00 -0400

Nearly 100 Enrolled Agents from almost 40 states met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week to discuss important issues affecting taxpayers as part of the ninth annual Fly-in Day organized by the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).


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Motion To Stop IRS From Examining Marijuana Dispensary Up In Smoke

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:09:00 -0400

IRS summons to marijuana dispensary upheld by district court.


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Trump May End Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

President Trump's proposed budget reportedly includes $10.6 billion in education cuts, including the elimination of Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Here's what you need to know.


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IRS Leans On LA Tax Assessors For Land Building Allocation

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:57:00 -0400

Tax Court confirms IRS use of real estate tax bill breakdown to allocate between land and building in arriving at depreciable basis.


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Monster Founder McKelvey's Estate Sidesteps Tax On $200 Million PPVF Capital Gain

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:12:00 -0400

Hedgers are talking about a prepaid variable forward contract tax case that could be a bonanza or a trap.


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British Political Campaign Puts F1 Tax Deal Under The Spotlight

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:46:00 -0400

Britain's opposition party Labour has turned its sights on a controversial but perfectly legal deal between Formula One and the British tax authority which saw the auto racing series pay just $6.5 million in corporate tax in 2015 despite making profits of $463.6 million.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​I Should File And Suspend, Right?

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:10:00 -0400

Today’s column examines whether to file and suspend, the timing of divorced spousal benefits, when to take spousal benefits, the potential availability of divorced widow's benefits and questions surrounding filing early with a high school aged child and a spouse with a public pension.


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Obamacare May Become Zombiecare In 2018

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:33:00 -0400

Bottom line: In 2018, Obamacare will still exist, but only as taxpayer-provided indigent care.


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How To Reap Free Retirement Cash

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:05:00 -0400

There's a way to tap free money for retirement. Here's what you need to know.


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Tax Write-Offs For Government Settlements Could Be Restricted

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:01:00 -0400

Businesses write off the cost of settlements, but proposed legislation could change that.


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