Taxes

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
0 Comments
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
0 Comments
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
0 Comments
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
0 Comments
Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about possible of effects of taking retirement benefits early on a spouse’s benefits, making sure benefits begin the month you turn 70 and accounting for continued income after filing. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc.
0 Comments
The looming federal debt crisis gets more worrisome this week, as the Treasury Department will start taking “extraordinary measures” to pay our bills. Although those measures can buy several months of temporary relief, President Biden ultimately may have to take unilateral action to avoid a fiscal and economic meltdown. Without those measures, on Thursday the
0 Comments
Floyd Mayweather, boxer and entertainment entrepreneur, will not be further fighting an IRS assessment of $5,549,675 in tax and an accuracy penalty of $1,109,935 for the year 2017. About Mayweather On Forbes We tax writers sometimes find celebrity tax stories irresistible, even when they are not that interesting as tax stories. You can read an
0 Comments
Congressman Earl (Buddy) Carter (R-GA) has introduced the FairTax Act of 2023 (FTA23). Much of the commentary on the bill, including mine, has been about whether it is a good idea and the politics surrounding its introduction. The “Fair Tax” has been tinged by the fact that its underlying concept – replacing income, estate, gift
0 Comments
The inability of Congress to include key tax extenders in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, signed into law on December 29, 2022, will increase the federal income tax bill for the majority of U.S. businesses. Coming into the new year, business owners likely breathed a sigh of relief that no major tax legislation was
0 Comments
After enduring criticism from trading partners for decades and five years of joint technical work with the OECD, Brazil has finally taken its first formal step toward harmonizing its heterodox transfer pricing regime with multilateral standards — a move widely cited as a prerequisite for OECD accession. But the December 2022 release of Provisional Measure
0 Comments
Today’s Social Security column addresses questions about the potential of continued income to raise benefit rates, who can take spousal benefits before retirement benefits and when they can do so and eligibility for divorced spousal benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning,
0 Comments