Taxes

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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Today’s column addresses questions about what month to file to make sure you get the maximum age 70 retirement benefit rate, what happens when a protective filing date expires and whether survivor’s benefits include delayed retirement credits (DRCs) earned by the deceased. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder
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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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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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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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When President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion-dollar American Rescue Plan last month, he launched a new and improved Child Tax Credit. The Child Tax Credit has been around since the Clinton Administration, yet this new version may have a positive effect on Americans who have been trying to find financial stability through the Covid-19 pandemic.
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In the latest episode of Tax Notes Talk, Abdul Muheet Chowdhary of South Centre, an intergovernmental organization of developing countries, talks about how the U.N. Committee on Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters could be more transparent and effective for developing countries.  The post has been edited for length and clarity. Nana Ama Sarfo: Abdul,
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Today’s column addresses questions about how taking Social Security retirement benefits at 62 might affect spousal and survivor’s benefits, what spousal benefits can be available after a divorce and withdrawing Social Security disability benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which
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I recently wrote about how the IRS taxes legal malpractice settlements. I said a legal malpractice settlement should be tax free for an underlying physical injury case, where damages would have been tax free in the underlying physical injury case. Shortly thereafter, the Tax Court decided Blum v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2021-18. Its harsh taxable
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Congress has returned to Washington after a two-week Easter vacation, and What’s Ahead explains why investors should be worried. The first thing on Congress’ plate is President Biden’s gargantuan infrastructure bill, most of which has little to do with such traditional infrastructure projects as highways and bridges. Unless changed, the legislation will hurt the economy—and,
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Today’s column addresses questions about ‘switching’ from a retirement benefit to a spousal benefit, filing retroactively and then immediately suspending and what benefits might be available on records of ex spouses. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which markets Maximize My
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Wondering where your tax refund is? In its Covid-19 operations update, the Internal Revenue Service has added an explanation for why in many cases it’s taking longer than the typical 21 days to process tax refunds for individual taxpayers. We’re talking about tax returns filed for the 2020 tax year during the 2021 tax season
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