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Expiring tax cuts hit taxpayers at every level
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Here's some pressure for lawmakers: If they don't reach agreement on extending soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts, nearly all their constituents back home will get big tax increases. More



Would ending Bush's tax cuts hurt small business?
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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has thrust small business to the center of the political fracas over extending the Bush era tax cuts. He says President Barack Obama's plan to limit future tax breaks to couples earning less than $250,000 would subject 50 percent of small business income to a tax increase, stalling the job creation engine. McConnell would renew all the cuts, even those for the highest-income U.S. households. The tax cuts expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress acts. More

IRS trims demand for corporate tax-shelter lists
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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service scaled back its requirement that companies begin listing all tax-saving transactions to help the agency identify issues for possible audits. The IRS dropped a requirement that companies list their maximum tax liability and said it will phase in the new rules over five years, although the largest companies will start immediately. More

SEC's Khuzami says new law will boost enforcement
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Robert Khuzami, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's top enforcement official, said the agency is gearing up to use new powers from recent legislation to crack down on Wall Street after being faulted for not pursuing executives' misconduct. More

SEC blasted on Goldman
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The Securities and Exchange Commission's internal watchdog said the timing of a fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. filed by the SEC was "suspicious," suggesting agency officials tried to distract attention from a report criticizing the SEC for failing to detect an alleged Ponzi scheme. More



The estate tax is a tax on those without estates
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The one-year disappearance of the estate tax in 2010 has unsurprisingly generated a great deal of commentary about how accumulated wealth should be taxed going forward. Former Goldman Sachs head Robert Rubin recently joined with hedge fund eminence Julian Robertson to ask for the quick reinstatement of what some term the "death tax." More

A day in the life of a financial adviser: The balance
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Cheesy movies and cruise ships brochures help financial advisor Victoria Collins unwind at the end of a long day. Collins is the senior managing director at First Foundation Advisors in Irvine, Calif., and after 30 years as a financial advisor -- a career that has brought her many accolades and much success -- she has learned how to balance a busy work schedule with her passions: travel, her eight grandchildren and her husband. More

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6 ways retirees can beat inflation
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There's no perfect way to deal with the rising cost of living, but here are some options. More

Elder Law: Covering costs with spouse in a nursing home
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Sam and Mary have been married for 42 years, and Sam, because of dementia, soon will have to be admitted to a nursing facility as Mary can no longer care for him at home. We will call Sam the "Institutionalized Spouse." Mary is obviously concerned as to how she is going to pay for his care and how she will financially survive as the "Community Spouse." More
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