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Illinois Taxpayers Will Pay Billions For Political Dysfunction

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:37:00 -0400

Sometime during the third year of Illinois' downward spiral, the market began treating the state as a junk credit.



Don't Stress, Bank Stocks Should Raise Their Dividends

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:30:00 -0400

This week, many large banks are completing stress tests. If they pass the tests, they can quickly raise their dividends. Curious about what bank stocks have a good chance of passing? DIVCON can help. Eric discusses what investors can expect when bank stocks reveal their results.


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Supercharge Your Nest Egg With A Health Savings Account

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:40:00 -0400

If you have access to a Health Savings Account, here’s how to make the most of it.


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For Joint Tax Returns, This Couple Got Three Years In Prison -- Each

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:36:00 -0400

Criminal tax charges can be brought against both parties on joint tax returns. This doctor and his wife both got three years' prison time.


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5 Habits Of Happy, Highly Successful Retirees

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0400

Retirement can feel like a permanent vacation – as long as you make the right choices and avoid costly mistakes. To make your transition to retirement more successful here are the top 5 habits of happy and highly successful retirees so you can have The BEST retirement.


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Eliminate Your Student Loans Faster With These 4 Moves

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:02:00 -0400

Borrowing your student loans is the "easy" part. Repaying them, however, can be a different story.


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India's Historic Tax Overhaul, GST: What You Need To Know

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:43:00 -0400

India will roll out the Goods & Services Tax on July 1, expected to give technology and finance startups a big push


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Please Don't Drag Private Jets Into The Health Care Debate

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:55:00 -0400

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle invoked private jets in arguing against the Republican's proposed health care bill. They aren't connected, and her gratuitous comments were just plain incorrect.


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IRS Crime Chief Stepping Down

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:29:00 -0400

After serving for more than five years, the head of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), Chief Richard Weber, is stepping down. Weber announced his departure this month, saying, "It's time." He continued, "It's time to start a new challenge."


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Billionaire Bruins Owner Beats IRS On Tax Deductions For Away Game Meals

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:29:00 -0400

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs allowed full deduction for Bruins away game meals. Decision might have broader implications for employers with groups of employees staying together in the same hotel.


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What Are Super-Rich Solutions?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:12:00 -0400

Due to advances in technology and changes in regulation, the wealthy management strategies employed by the super-rich, family offices, and ultra-wealthy business owners can not be used by a much larger number of affluent individuals and families.



What The Great Economist Galbraith Can Teach Us About Etiquette

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:14:00 -0400

Some fascinating nuggets of wisdom can be found in a recently published book of letters.


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IRS Private Debt Collectors Accused Of Pressuring Taxpayers, Breaking The Law

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:22:00 -0400

In response to complaints about how private debt collectors are handling taxpayer accounts, four Senators have sent a letter Pioneer Credit Recovery, one of the companies which has a debt collection contract with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


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Public Shaming Of Big Companies Not As Big A Deal, But Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:44:00 -0400

Public shaming of giant corporations has become a go-to tool for some politicians looking to drive an agenda. But does it work? Do these high profile airings of grievances have a significant effect on stock price or sales? Sometimes.


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How The Trump Tax Plan Could Lure Chris Paul To The San Antonio Spurs

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:06:00 -0400

NBA free agency is about to kick off. Could a proposed change to the tax law impact where players will sign?


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IRS Private Tax Collectors Are Accused Of Illegal Tactics

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:53:00 -0400

IRS collectors can now use private collection agencies too, and some collection tactics are coming under fire.


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Millennials Most Likely To Fall Victim To Tax & Financial Scams

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:45:00 -0400

A survey suggests that millennials are more likely to fall for financial scams, including tax scams, than older generations.


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Brookings Institution Takes On Biggest Charitable Tax Break Used By President Trump

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:49:00 -0400

Brookings Institution report highlights abuse of deductions for conservation easements. More than half of the dollar value of President Trumps disclosed charitable contribution were for conservation easements.


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IRS Issues Warning On New Scam Targeting Tax Professionals

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:13:00 -0400

Scammers clearly aren't taking a break this summer. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry, as part of the Security Summit, is warning tax professionals to beware of phishing emails claiming to be from a tax software education provider and seeking sensitive preparer data.


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Ask Larry: ​​Which Benefits Can I Get?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:39:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses questions about what benefits might be available, calculating benefits online, coordinating widow's and retirement benefits, filing with a public pension and filing after 70.


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What To Do When You Owe Taxes You Can't Pay

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:17:00 -0400

What do you do if you owe taxes but can’t pay right away? Here is how to navigate this treacherous situation.


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Cristiano Ronaldo Says No To Paying Disputed Taxes, Why You Should Say Yes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:53:00 -0400

Soccer star Ronaldo faces criminal charges in an alleged $16M tax case. Why he should pay even as he disputes the charges, and how to decide about payment in simpler tax cases.


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Funnel More Into Your 401(k) And IRA With Catch-Ups

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:49:00 -0400

If you’re 50 or older, Uncle Sam offers special tax breaks to help you save more for retirement.


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Student Loan Complaints Skyrocket 325%

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:02:00 -0400

If you're having issues with your student loans, you're certainly not alone, according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


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Why The Street Should Fear The Senate Healthcare Bill

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:47:00 -0400

It's going to be a long, hot summer for healthcare reform, and as the details of this hastily assembled bill are hammered out and begin to sink in, it's likely to cause the kind of uncertainty for businesses and investors that both abhor.


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SAPVoice: The Role Of AI In Financial Trading -- It's Not What You Think

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:32:00 -0400

The financial industry has been all over Artificial intelligence (AI) supporting front end trading processes, leaving much of the rest of the business in the last century. That won’t be true for much longer if Bikram Singh, Founder & CEO of EZOPS, has his way.


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Even Lawyers Face Independent Contractor - Employee Disputes

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:53:00 -0400

Uber, Lyft, and many other companies are sued over whether workers are contractors or employees. Even lawyers aren't immune from worker status disputes.


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IRS Reopens PTIN System Shut Down Following $175 Million Class Action Ruling

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:33:00 -0400

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reopened its Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) System. The system was shut down earlier this month following a U.S. District Court ruling which barred IRS from charging PTIN fees to tax preparers.


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How To Maximize Tax Savings Using Tax-Favored Health Plans

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00:00 -0400

Health insurance premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses skyrocketed in recent years. It’s unfortunate that many traders and investors receive few tax breaks on deducting these costs. Learn how to deduct health care expenses from gross income.


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Ask Larry: Can I Get Early Spousal Benefits And Delay Retirement Benefits?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:32:00 -0400

Today’s column addresses early filing, optimizing a filing strategy for a married couple, sequencing benefit filing dates, suspending due to continued earnings and whether it's ever a smart idea to file early.


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