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TOP TIPS – Tailoring your Saving to your Spending

Not many people think about retirement as an expense, but for any person who sits down to plan their retirement and their retirement spending in detail, it is hard not to begin thinking of it in economic terms.

NEWS WRAP – Retirement Planning Sector Braced for CCPA Proposals

The wealth management and financial services sectors in the US must brace themselves for new data regulations as a result of likely changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which initially passed into state law on January 1 2020.

The upcoming changes involve the right to opt out, permissible uses of data by service providers, and mandatory content of CCPA notices.

California’s attorney general announced that stakeholders had until February 25 to share their views on what many anticipate is the most exhaustive consumer privacy law in the history of the United States and which is set to affect around $12 billion worth of Californian consumer data per year.

TOP TIPS – Inheritance and Estate Planning Issues in the US

Recent news reports across the US suggest that over the next three decades $36 trillion worth of assets is expected to be passed on to heirs in the country. And with around two in every ten households having received an inheritance in the past thirty years, it seems that succession and legacy gifting is still a major source of financial security for many. *

Here we take a look at some key issues on the subject of inheritance and estate planning for expats in the USA.

TOP TIPS – Understand Your Cryptocurrency Reporting Obligations

As the tax reporting season enters full swing, filers need to keep abreast of IRS rule changes and new obligations.

New IRS rules in relation to the reporting of cryptocurrency assets make it imperative for taxpayers to be clear and transparent in their disclosure of cryptocurrencies, with those who fail in this regard facing potential criminal investigation, fines as high as $250,000 and as many as five years in prison.

Here we take a look at the key factors in cryptocurrency reporting.

TOP TIPS – How to Handle your Stretch IRA in the Light of SECURE

The stretch Individual Retirement Account (IRA) has long been used as an efficient estate planning strategy. However, with the passing into law of the new Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, beneficiaries will no longer be able to stretch out required minimum distributions over the course of their lifetime.

Instead, beneficiaries who are not spouses must now exhaust their inherited IRAs within a decade – other exempt parties include under 18s and beneficiaries with certain disabilities. Quite simply, what was once a winning estate planning tool has now become a conundrum.

So, how do you solve this puzzle in order to serve the best interests of beneficiaries while simultaneously reducing exposure to any unnecessary tax burden?

NEWS WRAP – Tax Filing Season is Upon Us

Tax filing seasons got underway on 27 January, the date on which the Internal Revenue Service began to accept the first of 150 million anticipated returns.

The due date for tax payments is 15 April*, with interest starting to accrue on any tax owed after this date.

Over recent years many tax filers have become accustomed to filing returns digitally – for many this represents the most efficient way of managing the process – and 2020 is likely to be no different, with a record number of digital tax filers expected. However, this comes despite the problems of the Free File program — a partnership between the IRS and private-sector tax-return software companies.

NEWS WRAP – Brokerage Merger Challenge Dismissed on Technical Grounds

The antitrust lawsuit against the merger of investment brokers Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

However, the decision is unlikely to be the end of the matter as the dismissal was made on procedural grounds with the court ruling that the plaintiff, BlackCrown Inc., is a corporate entity and therefore cannot represent itself. The judge cited the 1993 case of Rowland v. California Men’s Colony and the 1997 decision reached in Pridgen v. Anresen as forming the basis for the court’s decision.

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