Taxes

Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about the effect of rolling a public pension over into an IRA, survivor’s benefits and the earnings test and how military credits can be applied to benefit amounts. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc. See
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The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee—or PRAC—has identified billions of dollars in potential fraud and identity theft related to pandemic relief loan programs. The PRAC report, issued this week, identified 69,323 questionable Social Security Numbers used to obtain $5.4 billion from the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the Paycheck Protection Program. Together,
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As of January 2023, the annual gift tax exclusion amount has increased to $17,000. That is the amount you can gift to any one person each year free of any tax implications. For years the amount was set at $10,000, but since 2002 it has been slowly increasing. Making annual exclusion gifts allows you to
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Recent rising interest rates and longer table life expectancies will shift values as between “income” and remainder interests in split interest trusts and charitable gift annuities, altering the tax incentives for these “planned” charitable gift vehicles. This article focuses specifically on the most commonly used “planned” giving vehicle, the charitable gift annuity. And for purposes
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Tax Notes Capitol Hill reporter Doug Sword discusses the latest national sales tax proposal in Congress, and contributing editor Robert Goulder shares his thoughts on the challenges of implementing the tax. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. David D. Stewart: Welcome to the podcast. I’m David Stewart, editor in chief of Tax
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The idea of a wealth tax as a panacea for budgetary shortfalls at the federal and state levels has been around since at least the 1930s. Recently, using wealth as a source of tax revenues has heated up. Starting with the 2020 Presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and others floated the idea
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Thanks to some positive feedback on my recent piece, I have decided to dig deeper into the Fair Tax Act of 2023. The Reader’s Digest version of the act is that it eliminates federal corporate and individual income tax, payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare, estate tax and gift tax. In their place
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As the international tax community seeks revenue estimates from the OECD’s two-pillar tax reform project, some finance ministries are playing their cards close to the vest. In the United States, Republican lawmakers have repeatedly sought pillar 1 revenue information from the Treasury Department, only to be rebuffed each time. Why is Treasury reluctant to share
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Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about when to switch from survivor’s benefits to retirement benefits, survivor’s benefits amounts after taking spousal benefits and whether claims of taking full retirement benefits at 55 are credible. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc.
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The news is filled with stories about conflicts between taxpayers and tax collectors. Just a few weeks ago a New York jury convicted the Trump Organization of criminal fraud for a 15-year scheme to help top executives dodge taxes. While that case is a linguistic no-brainer, we often struggle to properly describe those who aggressively
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Sometime during the next two years — we don’t yet know when — the House of Representatives will be hosting a public orgy. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has promised to hold a floor vote on the FairTax Act of 2023 (H.R. 25). The promise was one of multiple concessions McCarthy made to the Freedom
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What’s a paragraph worth in a thousand pages of Congressional legislation? Quite possibly, your ability to save thousands of dollars more in your company’s retirement plan. The news regarding SECURE 2.0 broke earlier this week from the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) when a staffer at the American Retirement Association discovered a major glitch
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Our economic attention currently is fixed on national policy, with growing risks from a debt limit deadlock and debates over inflation versus recession. But economic prosperity also depends on state, regional, and local policy, and now there’s a free guide to some of the best thinking in the field in the newest edition of the
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