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Preserving and enhancing wealth for the future with financial-planning experts Bill Cass and Chris Hennessey
March 21, 2018
In addition to limits on deductions, tax reform may have a major impact on states that tie their tax system to some elements of the federal tax system.
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Tax reform and strategies for 2018
William D. Cass, CFP®, Director Wealth Management Programs at Putnam
Christopher P. Hennessey, Lawyer, CPA, Member, Putnam Business Advisory Group
Paul M. Drury, CFA, Portfolio Manager
Enhanced tax credits may balance lost exemption in tax reform
An increase in the child tax credit may help families realize a tax advantage even as the personal exemption is lost.
Tax reform drives change in planning
Individual taxpayers may consider changing their planning strategies due to the shifting tax landscape under the tax reform law.
Companies see significant tax cut in new law
Corporations may receive a significant tax cut under the tax reform law, which includes a reduced flat tax rate and new rules around deductions.
Tax reform limits scope of estate tax
Fewer estates will be subject to the federal estate tax under the new tax law, but estate planning is still important for investors.
Deductions shift significantly with tax reform
Taxpayers may find some provisions of tax reform more complex as deductions shift significantly under the new law.
Understanding the new small business tax deduction
Tax reform legislation introduced a new tax deduction for small businesses that are structured as pass-through entities.
Charitable giving strategies for the new tax landscape
Investors are considering which charitable giving strategy to use if they are not itemizing deductions under the new tax law.
Key tax figures for 2018
The tax rate schedule, recently released by the Internal Revenue Service, includes key tax figures investors will need for financial planning.
Understanding tax reform is critical for financial planning
The potential for tax cuts to expire creates a challenge for financial planning and it is critical for investors to understand the new tax reform law.
What is changing in Social Security in 2018?
An increase in inflation is resulting in a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits in 2018, as well as adjustments to tax-exempt earning levels.
Saving for a rainy day is a priority for many in 2018
Some investors start the new year with resolutions to improve their financial situation, and many include an emergency — or rainy day – fund for unexpected expenses.
Senate and House agree on final tax bill
A House and Senate conference committee agreed on a final tax bill that is expected to pass this week.
Three year-end planning reminders for investors
Despite the ongoing tax reform debate and potential for change, there are some key year-end planning considerations and deadlines that remain for 2017.
Tax reform clears another hurdle
A House-Senate conference committee will need to iron out the differences following Senate passage of a tax reform bill that differs from the House version.
Potential changes to deductions make tax planning critical
The current tax reform debate in Washington makes tax planning critical as year end approaches.
Senate tax plan reveals big differences from House proposal
The Senate revealed its tax plan last week, which differs significantly from the House version.
Gifting strategy may provide tax advantage for some seniors
Seniors age 70½ and older may benefit from a unique provision of individual retirement accounts (IRAs) when considering gifting strategies.
House Republicans unveil tax reform plan
House Republicans introduced a tax reform bill that would reduce tax rates, eliminate some taxes, and make changes to certain deductions.
Managing risks in retirement? Consider a three-bucket strategy
Investors may want to consider a three-bucket strategy to manage risks in retirement such as longevity and liquidity risk.
Heirs of large estates may miss a valuable tax deduction
Some large estates will owe estate taxes this year and there is a valuable tax deduction that is often overlooked.
Understanding longevity is critical to retirement planning
With longevity increasing, investors need to make sure their savings last as long as they do.
Retirement planning for the end of the year
The fourth quarter is an opportune time to take inventory of retirement accounts and review actions such as required minimum distributions and planning strategies before year-end.
Prepare clients for year-end planning
Gifting, required retirement distributions, and charitable donations are among many planning actions that need attention by the end of the year.
There's still time to implement tax-smart strategies
Determining an individual's tax bracket will drive which tax-smart strategies to implement, including managing income, capital gains and losses.
Some estate-planning benefits may be lost if not used
Investors may want to explore gifting and other estate-planning strategies to take advantage of tax benefits that may be limited.
Debt ceiling debate and federal budget on Capitol Hill agenda
As Congress faces a December deadline for the federal budget, the debt ceiling debate was moved up sooner than expected.
Chris Hennessey is Professor Emeritus of Law at the Babson College School of Executive Education and member of the Putnam Investments Business Advisory Group. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Putnam Investments.