Taxes

Today’s column addresses questions about whether it’s always best to wait until full retirement age to take survivor’s benefits before switching to retirement benefits at 70, how the earnings test is applied this year and benefit amounts for disabled adult children. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and
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New York Attorney General Letitia James has weighed in on the low-income housing tax credit Year 15 struggle. In cooperation with James E. Johnson New York City’s Corporation Counsel, she has filed an amicus brief supporting RiseBoro Community Partnership (RiseBoro) in its litigation with AIG affiliate, Sun America Housing Fund 682, over ownership and control of 35
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In an ordinary year, filing taxes can be annoying, confusing, stressful, and costly. Throw in a COVID-19 pandemic, and all the financial chaos that has followed, and it can be completely overwhelming. The tax year 2020 seems to be throwing many tax preparers for a loop. Many taxpayers are in desperate need of their stimulus
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An IRS Memorandum released on April 9, 2021 (Number: 202114020) further clarifies when cryptocurrency hard forks should be taxed. The memorandum specifically talks about bitcoin (BTC) & bitcoin cash (BCH) hard fork occurred on August 1, 2017 at 9:16 AM EDT. Pursuant to the hard fork, people who held BTC received an equivalent amount of
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Many lawyers are asked about tax issues, at least in a general way. For example, clients may ask whether legal fees they pay are tax deductible. Unfortunately, many tax issues are complex, even tax deductions for legal fees. Except for tax lawyers, many lawyers try to steer clear of tax questions. Still, many lawyers want
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President Biden’s $2 trillion-plus American Jobs Plan has lots of funding for traditional physical infrastructure, but also for workforce development, high-speed broadband, child care facilities, and a $400 billion expansion of care for the elderly and disabled.  Although this expansion has been criticized, Biden is more than justified in expanding the definition of “infrastructure” to match our
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It’s a new legal development for private equity billionaire Robert F. Smith and his onetime mentor Bob Brockman, already accused of the biggest tax evasion in U.S. history. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of Carlos E. Kepke, a Houston tax attorney who prosecutors say conspired with Smith to hide $225 million in
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Which is better, using appreciated securities or an IRA? Here’s a calculator to answer the question. The 2017 tax law, with its huge standard deduction, did serious damage to the tax benefits of philanthropy: Now, for a lot of taxpayers, cash donations don’t cut any ice on a tax return. There are two countermoves. One,
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Telecommunications giants Comcast CMCSA and Verizon VZ are the latest to sue Maryland over its first-in-the-nation digital advertising tax as the state moved to delay implementation of the controversial legislation this week. In a complaint filed Thursday, seven divisions of Comcast, along with Verizon Media Inc., asked the court to declare the tax illegal under
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             The Biden administration has put forward its infrastructure proposals and is now seeking to garner bipartisan support. One area that has bipartisan support (and very much needs reform) is the tax incentives for charitable giving. Reform of the tax incentives for charitable giving has a two-fold benefit: getting charitable dollars into the hands of working charities that
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Governments are working together to hit up taxpayers for more money—here and around the world. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is calling for countries to enact a global minimum corporate tax rate. And schemes are afoot to do the same for individuals. Officials of the G-20, the world’s biggest economies, are busy formulating plans for a
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