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Monaco Ranks Top For 'Millionaire Density' Despite Dip As Grand Prix Gets Underway

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:00:00 -0400

The principality of Monaco on the Mediterranean nestled between France remains the top city globally by 'Millionaire density' despite witnessing a slip in 2017 according to new analysis. It heads Swiss cities - Geneva, Zurich, Zug - and the UK capital London, while New York ranks 9th in the Top 20.


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Congressman Proposes New Tax To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:40:00 -0400

A proposal called the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017, with the alternative title, "To amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, and for other purposes" was introduced on March 30, 2017, by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL).


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3 Things Most Americans Want In Retirement And How To Get Them

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:26:00 -0400

Not surprisingly Americans want to enjoy retirement without fear of financial ruin. However, they are not taking the right planning steps to achieve their stated retirement goals as new research shows many do not have sufficient assets to cover a lifetime of income needs.


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Ask Larry: ​​Should I Tap Other Assets To Delay Social Security?

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:00 -0400

Today’s column considers consuming other assets to facilitate delaying Social Security benefits, when widow's benefits become available, divorced spousal and disability benefits, lump sum payments and the WEP and GPO, and the effects of lower future earnings on benefit amounts.


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Richard Branson Shares His Best Business Advice In 4 Letters

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

Sir Richard Branson shares his best business advice in four inspiring letters that he wrote to the 10, 25, 50 and 65-year-old versions of himself.


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Wells Fargo Found Liable In Abusive Tax Shelter Scheme

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:25:00 -0400

After losing a $350 million tax shelter case last year, Wells Fargo has now lost a second court fight, this time over IRS penalties for the shelter.


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15 Fun Facts About Wine & Tax On National Wine Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:36:00 -0400

If you're craving a glass of Pinot today, you're in good company: it's National Wine Day. Here are 15 facts about wine and tax to help you celebrate with your pour:


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How Personal Loans Can Boost Your Credit Score

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

A personal loan, when used responsibly, can help consolidate your credit card debt, cut your interest costs and boost your credit score.


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FATCA Tax Lessons From Lionel Messi Prison Sentence

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:38:00 -0400

Messi's upheld conviction and jail provides lessons for American taxpayers, especially under the global yoke of FATCA.


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Messi Prison Sentence Stands After Supreme Court Rejects Tax Fraud Appeal

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:26:00 -0400

The Spanish Supreme Court has rejected FC Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi's appeal, confirming his conviction on tax fraud charges. His prison sentence will stand.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Do I Need To Do Anything To Earn Delayed Retirement Credits?

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:47:00 -0400

Today’s column explains how delayed retirement credits are earned, whether divorced spousal benefits increase after FRA, spousal benefit availability and filing strategies for widows and married couples.


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IRS Nixes Student Loan Payoff Charity

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:28:00 -0400

Charity that allowed donors to direct funds to pay off student loans for particular students, so that money was not squandered on avocado toast, denied exempt status by IRS.


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Court Rules That Religious Freedom Law Is Not A Free Pass for Tax Evasion

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:50:00 -0400

Religious freedom is not a valid defense for tax evasion. That was the ruling out of the Supreme Court of Indiana when it refused to hear an appeal from Rodney Tyms-Bey, who argued that the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protected him from paying his taxes.


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How Trump-GOP Budget Will Wreck Your Wallet

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:16:00 -0400

The Trump budget is an epic train wreck for most Americans. Here's why it will hurt most people.


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'Soup Nazi' Tax Evasion Case Holds Lessons For Every Business

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Tax evasion is serious, and payroll tax charges can be especially serious. Skirting payroll tax compliance like Robert N. Bertrand is alleged to have done, can be expensive. But getting to the IRS first before you are caught is key.


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Europe's Largest Companies 2017: Shell Doubles Profit, Takes Top Spot

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Shell is one of 469 Europe-based public companies on Forbes' Global 2000, our annual ranking of the world’s largest public companies.


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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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