Taxes

Comfortable retirement: Still out of reach for most. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty … [+] Images) Corbis via Getty Images Congress ended 2019 by producing a budget of sorts. That fact, in itself, constitutes a rare accomplishment for this country’s dissipated and ever-distracted representative bodies. Such documents, as always, offer much to praise or
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It’s 1099 season, so I thought a recent decision in the Southern District of New York might rate some attention. I doubt the litigants want to be more famous because of this so I am going to call them Jane, the company and the other partners. If you must know who they are, you can
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Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s column addresses questions about filing at FRA or delaying till 70, the ability to collect spousal benefits, the earnings test, drawing benefits while living with a partner and drawing benefits while living in another country. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president
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AI in taxation ShutterStock Governments are leveraging the benefits of AI and robotics in many fields like healthcare services, transportation, defense, and national security. Governments are rapidly accepting the use of AI, which is opening up new opportunities for innovation in government services, like taxation. Tax is the primary source of money for the government
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Getty The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it has reached an agreement with Free File, Inc. (FFI). According to the IRS, the deal will help make the Free File program more taxpayer-friendly while strengthening consumer protections in several key areas. (You can read the agreement, which downloads as a PDF, here.) “This updated agreement is part of a larger
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Getty Getty These are literally the 5 worst ways to pay off student loans. Here’s what you need to know – and what to do about it. 1. Pay only the minimum payment What’s wrong with only paying the minimum payment? After all, that’s your obligation, right? Remember: interest is always accruing on your principal
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Getty Better late than never: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2020 standard mileage rates. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 58 cents in 2019) 17 cents per mile
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PARIS, FRANCE – DECEMBER 26: In this photo illustration, the microblogging social network Twitter … [+] logo is displayed on the screen of a smartphone on December 26, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) Getty Images There was a lot of tax talk in 2019 – especially on social media. From Bitcoin to
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Concern about the $100 billion Mormon horde, the “scandal” I have dubbed EnsignGate seems to still be a thing. I have a little more to share on it, but I would also like to do a bit of review of my Mormon coverage. I have made an attempt to stake a big claim to the
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Getty It’s the ninth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2019. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is 13thirty. 13thirty Cancer Connect, Inc. was established in 2001 following the death of Melissa Sengbusch who was 19 years old when
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Getty Nobody likes to pay taxes. But prosecutors allege that Thomas and Michelle Selgas disliked paying taxes so much that they hid money from the government and conspired with their lawyer to evade taxes. In 2003, Thomas Selgas co-founded a company called MyMail. A couple of years later, MyMail settled several patent litigation lawsuits, resulting
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Just in time for the holidays, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on Friday, December 20, 2019. The Act, which was the most significant piece of retirement legislation introduced in over a decade, includes provisions to help individuals save more for retirement and achieve financial security. The SECURE
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Getty There’s no shutdown in the cards: Washington has finally passed a spending bill. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, includes a wide range of provisions from healthcare tax repeal to extenders.  As expected, the Act included the repeal of three Affordable Care Act-related taxes: the so-called “Cadillac” tax on health insurance benefits, an excise tax
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