Key tax provisions in the Senate reconciliation bill

By a vote of 51 to 50, the U.S. Senate on Sunday passed a budgetreconciliation bill, H.R. 5376, now known as the Inflation ReductionAct of 2022. The bill contains numerous tax provisions, including a15% corporate minimum tax, expanded eligibility for premium taxcredits, and numerous clean energy credits. The Senate vote, in which no Republicans joined… Read More »Key tax provisions in the Senate reconciliation bill

Reconciliation bill includes nearly $80 billion for IRS including enforcement, audits: What that means for taxpayers

KEY POINTS Senate Democrats on Sunday passed their climate, health, and taxpackage, including nearly $80 billion in funding for the IRS.The Inflation Reduction Act allocates $79.6 billion to the agency overthe next 10 years, with more than half of the money going toenforcement. Senate Democrats on Sunday passed their climate, health, and taxpackage, including nearly… Read More »Reconciliation bill includes nearly $80 billion for IRS including enforcement, audits: What that means for taxpayers

Solo 401(k) Plans: Looking Out for Number One

One doesn’t have to be the loneliest number anymore. For years, soleproprietors weren’t able to choose from as wide a range of retirementplan options as bigger operations could. Or, in the case of a 401(k)plan, the administrative costs would outweigh the potential benefitsin the business owner’s eyes. But the landscape has changed dramatically over time.… Read More »Solo 401(k) Plans: Looking Out for Number One

Lesson From The Tax Court: Non-Receipt of 1099 Does Not Get You Out of Penalties

When we think of penalties we naturally think of punishment.  I mean,to channel Steven Wright, if a penalty is not punishment when why doesthe word start with “penal”?  Both this week and next week’s lessonteach us how penalties serve other purposes as well.  Today, in LionelE. Larochelle and Molly B. Larochelle v. Commissioner, T.C. Summ.… Read More »Lesson From The Tax Court: Non-Receipt of 1099 Does Not Get You Out of Penalties

Companies From Google to Pepsi Are Boosting Capital Spending

The biggest US companies keep stepping up their spending on capitalprojects and encouraging signals to investors in an uncertain economicclimate. Companies from Google parent alphabet incorporated to General MotorsCompany to Pepsi Cola incorporated are among those that have increasedspending on big-ticket items such as real estate, equipment, ortechnology to fuel growth. The investments are generally… Read More »Companies From Google to Pepsi Are Boosting Capital Spending

Intuit Issues Phishing Warnings to QuickBooks Users

The recent scam appears to cut across Intuit’s cloud and desktopproducts. In a worrying development pointing to the increasingsophistication of such scams, Intuit also stated that hackers appearto now be able to link emails to existing email chains, boosting theperceived authenticity of such communications. QuickBooks owner Intuit recently warned users that they risk beingtargeted by… Read More »Intuit Issues Phishing Warnings to QuickBooks Users

Global supply chain stress at 18-month low in July, NY Fed’s index shows

Stress on global supply chains eased in July to the lowest level sinceJanuary 2021 as port congestion and other snags eased, the New YorkFederal Reserve reported on Thursday, in its latest update to aworldwide index of supply problems. It was the third straight month of declines an encouraging sign forU.S. Federal Reserve policymakers who are… Read More »Global supply chain stress at 18-month low in July, NY Fed’s index shows

Taxpayer advocate appeals IRS decision to delay scanning tech

National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins is protesting a decision byInternal Revenue Service officials to postpone the implementation ofscanning technology by the next tax season to deal with a backlog ofmillions of paper tax returns. Collins called on the IRS during tax season to implement the kind ofcommonly used scanning technology already in use by many… Read More »Taxpayer advocate appeals IRS decision to delay scanning tech

The Independent Contractor Dilemma

Gig economy companies classifying their workers as independentcontractors continue to face lawsuits, state action, and federalagency enforcement  For much of the last decade, a legal and regulatory storm at the stateand federal levels has surrounded the classification of workers as“independent contractors” or “employees.” The dramatic growth of thegig economy, especially app-based services such as… Read More »The Independent Contractor Dilemma

IRS adding more filters trying to catch business tax fraud

The IRS is continuing to hone its filters to catch business identitytheft and tax fraud, using 84 selection filters last year to identifybusiness tax returns claiming refunds for potential fraud but notalways succeeding, according to a new report. The report, released Monday by the Treasury Inspector General for TaxAdministration, found the filters identified and selected… Read More »IRS adding more filters trying to catch business tax fraud

US Household Debt Surpasses $16 Trillion on Higher Mortgages

US household debt increased by 2% to $16.2 trillion in the secondquarter, with mortgages, auto loans, and credit-card balances allseeing sizable increases, according to a report by the New YorkFederal Reserve Bank. The increase in borrowing, which equals $312 billion over threemonths, is reflected in part in higher prices for homes and cars.Americans also are… Read More »US Household Debt Surpasses $16 Trillion on Higher Mortgages

Fed ‘Nowhere Near’ Finished With Inflation Fight, Daly Says

The Federal Reserve is “nowhere near” being almost done in fightingthe hottest inflation in four decades, and officials are fullycommitted to achieving price stability, San Francisco Fed PresidentMary Daly said. “We have made a good start, and I feel really pleased with where we’vegotten to by this point,” but inflation is “far too high,” Daly… Read More »Fed ‘Nowhere Near’ Finished With Inflation Fight, Daly Says

Equifax issued wrong credit scores for “millions” of customers, report says

Equifax this spring sent out incorrect credit scores for millions ofcustomers applying for home and auto loans, the Wall Street Journalreported on Tuesday. As one of three major credit-reporting companies in the US., Equifaxprovides financial information and scores for consumers, affectingwhether people are approved for products including mortgages, creditcards, and car loans, and what interest… Read More »Equifax issued wrong credit scores for “millions” of customers, report says

Credit card balances jump 13%, the highest leap in over 20 years, as inflation outpaces wage growth

KEY POINTS Despite seeing real wage gains this year, Americans must contend witha higher cost of living, which is growing at the fastest annual pacein more than four decades.As inflation outpaces wage growth, credit card balances jumped in thesecond quarter of 2022.Americans now say they need to be making about $107,800 a year to feelfinancially… Read More »Credit card balances jump 13%, the highest leap in over 20 years, as inflation outpaces wage growth

JPMorgan’s Kolanovic stands apart in saying stocks will rebound

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Marko Kolanovic is quickly emerging as one ofthe very few bulls among Wall Street’s top strategists, who says USstocks will rally in the second half. Kolanovic, voted the No. 1 equity-linked strategist in last year’sInstitutional Investor survey, has stuck to his calls for risky assetsthis year despite the sharp rout in… Read More »JPMorgan’s Kolanovic stands apart in saying stocks will rebound

Home prices cooled at a record pace in June, according to housing data firm

KEY POINTS Home price gains are cooling fast, as demand wanes and supply builds.The annual rate of price appreciation fell two percentage points from19.3% to 17.3%.Price gains are still otherwise strong because of an imbalance betweensupply and demand. The housing market has had a severe shortage foryears. Rising mortgage rates and inflation in the wider… Read More »Home prices cooled at a record pace in June, according to housing data firm

Workers’ wages continue to climb, but not as fast as inflation

Employers continued hiking workers’ pay at a brisker-than-expectedpace, but the increases still weren’t enough to compensate for theeven faster rise in inflation. Wages and salaries for civilian workers increased 1.4% in the secondquarter and 5.3% over the year ending in June, according to the Bureauof Labor Statistics Employment Cost Index, released Friday. Bothmeasures show swifter… Read More »Workers’ wages continue to climb, but not as fast as inflation

Goldman’s Kostin Says US Results Season Better Than Feared

With the busiest week of the second-quarter earnings season over,investors are relieved that results are holding up better than feared,according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. strategists. Of the 56% of S&P 500 companies that have reported earnings so far,more than half have beaten analyst estimates — above the long-termaverage of 47%, strategists led by David… Read More »Goldman’s Kostin Says US Results Season Better Than Feared

Stock Market Has No Fear of a Recession That’s Almost Priced In

The stock market is wrestling with a “bad news is actually good news” scenario. US gross domestic product shrank in the second quarter after slowingin the first quarter as well. Two consecutive quarters of contractionis the technical definition of a recession, although the real-worlddefinition is more nuanced. In addition, personal consumption fell inthe second quarter.… Read More »Stock Market Has No Fear of a Recession That’s Almost Priced In

U.S. economy continues to shrink and many aren’t prepared for an economic downturn. Here’s what advisors are telling clients as recession fears grow

KEY POINTS The U.S. economy shrank for a second straight quarter, one definitionof a recession, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday.However, fewer than half of Americans feel “financially secure enough”for another prolonged economic downturn, according to a PersonalCapital survey.“People are being very short-term defensive, regardless of what theirlong-term goals are,” said Bill Parrott, president,… Read More »U.S. economy continues to shrink and many aren’t prepared for an economic downturn. Here’s what advisors are telling clients as recession fears grow

Widely Watched Yield Curve at Most Inverted in Decades After Fed Hike

One of the Treasury markets more widely watched yield-curve indicatorsextended its inversion after the Federal Reserve’s decision to liftits benchmark rate in line with expectations. The yield on the two-year Treasury moved to be as much as 32 basispoints higher than the 10-year yield, which slid in the wake of theFed’s announcement that it was… Read More »Widely Watched Yield Curve at Most Inverted in Decades After Fed Hike

Fed hikes interest rates by 0.75 percentage points for the second consecutive time to fight inflation

KEY POINTS The Federal Reserve on Wednesday enacted its second consecutive 0.75percentage point interest rate increase, taking its benchmark rate toa range of 2.25%-2.5%.Chair Jerome Powell said there will be a point where the Fed starts toslow hikes to assess their impact.“We actually think we need a period of growth below potential in orderto create… Read More »Fed hikes interest rates by 0.75 percentage points for the second consecutive time to fight inflation

GDP fell 0.9% in the second quarter, the second straight decline, and a strong recession signal

KEY POINTS Gross domestic product fell 0.9% at an annualized pace for the period,according to the advance estimate.That follows a 1.6% decline in the first quarter and was worse thanthe Dow Jones estimate for a gain of 0.3%.The drop came from a broad swath of factors, including decreases ininventories, residential and nonresidential investment, and governmentspending… Read More »GDP fell 0.9% in the second quarter, the second straight decline, and a strong recession signal

Fed jacks rates again, Powell vows no surrender in inflation battle

Summary Fed raises policy rate to 2.25%-2.50% rangeU.S. central bank flags weakening economic dataFed’s Powell says failure to tame inflation is not an option The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it would not flinch in itsbattle against the most intense breakout of inflation in the UnitedStates since the 1980s even if that means a “sustained… Read More »Fed jacks rates again, Powell vows no surrender in inflation battle

Investors Bet Fed Will Need to Cut Interest Rates Next Year to Bolster the Economy

As the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, Wall Streetinvestors are betting that officials will raise interest ratesaggressively through the end of the year and then turn around andstart cutting them in six months. The unusual nature reflects investors growing sense that the Fed isdriving the economy into a recession as it tries to… Read More »Investors Bet Fed Will Need to Cut Interest Rates Next Year to Bolster the Economy

Citi, UBS Wealth Say US Earnings Holding Up Better Than Feared

The US corporate earnings season is turning out to be better thanfeared as consumer spending remains resilient, while stocks havealready priced in much of the bad news according to Citigroupincorporated and UBS Global Wealth Management strategists. Of the US companies that have reported so far 60% have beaten salesestimates while 75% have topped profit expectations.… Read More »Citi, UBS Wealth Say US Earnings Holding Up Better Than Feared

Weak Earnings Reports Aren’t Fazing Investors After Brutal Year for Stocks

Disappointing earnings reports from several big companies don’t seemto be fazing investors, with the S&P 500 up nearly 5% this month, and2.5% last week, after a punishing start to the year. Even some companies that have posted sharply lower quarterly resultshave seen their shares rally in the following days. Bank of AmericaCorp BAC -0.44%▼. posted… Read More »Weak Earnings Reports Aren’t Fazing Investors After Brutal Year for Stocks

5 Inspirational ‘Grit in Leadership’ Skills for Overcoming Adversity

What inspires us to follow a CEO, founder, or thought leader?Certainly, there is a toughness, particularly in the face ofadversity, that can encourage us to do the same and elevate ourefforts. In other words, toughness or grit can be inspirational. In this shortarticle, I want to share how grit is essential and that it can… Read More »5 Inspirational ‘Grit in Leadership’ Skills for Overcoming Adversity

The Problem With Traditional Business Benchmarks

Benchmark: “Something that serves as a standard by which others may bemeasured or judged,” according to Merriam-Webster. As necessary as benchmarks are, in my opinion, the modern businessworld has become entirely too fascinated with them. Don’t get mewrong—all businesses need to monitor success, failures, and progress.Benchmarks can absolutely help you do that. But where you’ll… Read More »The Problem With Traditional Business Benchmarks

Is A Recession Looming? Why History Says We Shouldn’t Panic

From rising interest rates to battling growing inflation and supplychain issues that don’t show any hint of resolving, warning signs of arecession are becoming hard to ignore. Despite the state of ourcurrent economy, there are many reasons not to panic about a possiblerecession.  we all began to emerge from the pandemic in 2021, and Americansstarted… Read More »Is A Recession Looming? Why History Says We Shouldn’t Panic

What to know about the financial risks of becoming your own boss

Amid the “Great Resignation,” many people continue to relish the ideaof being their own boss. While autonomy and flexibility can bealluring, there are also important financial considerations. This is especially important advice given that new businessapplications remain historically strong, albeit down 2.5% in June fromthe prior month, according to U.S. Census Bureau data adjusted forseasonal… Read More »What to know about the financial risks of becoming your own boss

U.S. economy slowing, but recession not inevitable, Yellen says

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday that U.S. economicgrowth is slowing and she acknowledged the risk of a recession, butshe said a downturn was not inevitable. Yellen, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said strong hiring numbersand consumer spending showed the U.S. economy is not currently inrecession. U.S. hiring remained robust in June,… Read More »U.S. economy slowing, but recession not inevitable, Yellen says

Bond Traders Regaining Faith That Fed Can Slay Inflation Dragon

The bond market wants to believe that Federal Reserve boss JeromePowell will succeed in getting inflation under control. It’s unclear just when the economy might witness an actual slowdown inconsumer-price gains, which are presently running at the fastest pacein four decades. But as investors brace for the Fed’s next hike on Wednesday,bond-market measures suggest the… Read More »Bond Traders Regaining Faith That Fed Can Slay Inflation Dragon

40% of workers are considering quitting their jobs soon—here’s where they’re going

More than 4 million people have left their jobs each month in the U.S.so far this year — and according to new research, this record-breakingtrend isn’t going to quit anytime soon. About 40% of workers are considering quitting their current jobs inthe next 3-to-6 months, a report from McKinsey and Co. published lastweek, which surveyed… Read More »40% of workers are considering quitting their jobs soon—here’s where they’re going

On-Demand Pay: 60 Percent of U.S. Workers Want Daily Access to Earned Wages

New research that analyzed the impact of same-day pay showed that 60%of working Americans want employers to offer workers immediate accessto daily earned wages. A new national research study that analyzed the impact of same-day payshowed that, among other things, more than 60% of working Americansthink that all employers should offer their employees immediate accessto… Read More »On-Demand Pay: 60 Percent of U.S. Workers Want Daily Access to Earned Wages

Here are 6 strategies to recession-proof your finances at any age

KEY POINTS A CNBC poll found more than 6 out of 10 Americans think there will bea recession next year.Although Americans age 50 and older feel better prepared for recessionthan younger people, 68% of U.S. adults overall don’t feel ready for adownturn at all, according to a MagnifyMoney report.Here are some strategies for coping with… Read More »Here are 6 strategies to recession-proof your finances at any age

Tech Downturn Slows Early-Stage Startup Funding

The slowdown in venture-capital funding has spread to early-stagestartups, with that part of the market suffering one of the biggestinvestment drops in more than a decade. In the second quarter, venture capitalists invested around $16 billionin U.S. early-stage deals—known as Series A and B rounds—a 22%decrease from the year-earlier period, according to PitchBook DataInc. That… Read More »Tech Downturn Slows Early-Stage Startup Funding

IRS seeks transformation in a new 5-year plan

Improving the taxpayer experience while surmounting operationaldifficulties that include a shrinking workforce are among the goalsthe IRS has set for itself in the next five fiscal years. The 26-page IRS Strategic Plan FY 2022–2026 (Publication 3744) wasreleased Wednesday, outlining strategic goals broadly for service,enforcement, people, and transformation. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig wrote in a prefatory… Read More »IRS seeks transformation in a new 5-year plan

Citi economists call global recession a present danger

Citigroup Inc. economists have labeled a global recession a “clear andpresent danger,” while repeating they estimate a 50 percentprobability of such a slump. In a report to clients, economists led by Nathan Sheets said they nowexpect the world economy to grow 2.9 percent this year and 2.6 percentin 2023, slightly lower than previously. That means… Read More »Citi economists call global recession a present danger

Private Credit Giants Curb Buyout Lending Spree in Big Shift

The giants of private credit — the only game in town lately forbig-ticket leveraged buyouts — are dialing back on risk, in a turningpoint that threatens to reduce crucial financing for mega deals. Blackstone Inc., Apollo Global Management Inc., Ares Management Corp.,KKR & Co., Antares Capital LP, and the asset management arm of GoldmanSachs Group… Read More »Private Credit Giants Curb Buyout Lending Spree in Big Shift

Wall Street braces for economic ‘hurricane’

Talk about recession and inflation has been a dominant topic onsecond-quarter corporate earnings calls that are starting to flood in. Recession fear is already dominating Washington. Now it’s grippingcorporate America. CEOs across industries are increasingly grappling with the threat ofan economic slump — possibly in a matter of months — sparked byrampant inflation and the… Read More »Wall Street braces for economic ‘hurricane’

75% of middle-class households say their income is falling behind the cost of living

KEY POINTS A high rate of inflation — 9.1% in June from a year earlier — hastaken a toll on household budgets.In addition to dealing with earnings not keeping up with the cost ofliving, most middle-class households (77%) expect the U.S. to be in arecession by the end of 2022.Experts say it’s important to set… Read More »75% of middle-class households say their income is falling behind the cost of living

Dow rallies more than 750 points as traders bet that the bottom is in

Stocks rallied Tuesday, with the market resuming a bounce from lastmonth’s lows, as traders bet on strong corporate earnings reports andwagered that markets have found a bottom. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 754.44 points, or 2.43%, to31,827.05 — closing near the highs of the session as gains acceleratedin the final hour of trading. The… Read More »Dow rallies more than 750 points as traders bet that the bottom is in

Fed Officials Preparing to Lift Interest Rates by Another 0.75 Percentage Point

Federal Reserve officials have signaled they’re likely to raiseinterest rates by 0.75 percentage points later this month for thesecond straight meeting as part of an aggressive effort to combat highinflation. Policymakers left the door open to a larger full percentage pointincrease at the July 26 to 27th gathering, but some of themsimultaneously poured cold water… Read More »Fed Officials Preparing to Lift Interest Rates by Another 0.75 Percentage Point

Near and Long-Term Tax Planning for Section 1031

Lots of questions continue to swirl around the state of like-kindexchanges (real estate in particular) both in the near and long-term.As a tax planner, it’s best to look at the current legislative impactand the possibilities. Mike Pusey, CPA offers his perspective. The IRC Section 1031 “landscape” has narrowed significantly and may befurther restricted, but is… Read More »Near and Long-Term Tax Planning for Section 1031

Congress Again Considers Free IRS Income Tax Filing System

The legislation would direct the IRS to create software that wouldallow any taxpayer to prepare and file their individual income taxreturn beginning in the tax year 2023. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading fellow Democrats in renewinga push for the IRS to create its own free tax-filing services and moveaway from its current private partnership,… Read More »Congress Again Considers Free IRS Income Tax Filing System

Why Saving for Retirement Is More Difficult in 2022

Baby boomers have lived through the tech bubble, the 2008 housing andmarket crash, and even double-digit inflation in the 1970s, but neverall these financial crises together. Now we have inflation,pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, a bear market, higher gasprices, and rising interest rates. That makes an already formidablegoal of saving for retirement even more challenging, especially… Read More »Why Saving for Retirement Is More Difficult in 2022

Wholesale inflation in June surged 11.3% from a year ago

Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 11.3% in June compared with ayear earlier, the latest painful reminder that inflation is runninghot through the American economy. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the U.S. producer priceindex — which measures inflation before it hits consumers — rose atthe fastest pace since hitting a record 11.6% in March.… Read More »Wholesale inflation in June surged 11.3% from a year ago

Rethinking the Value of 3 Common Financial Metrics

Most companies use too many incomplete measures and would benefit fromusing one complete measure instead, as railroading company CSX hasimplemented. At a recent financial training session for railroading company CSXCorporation, CFO Sean Pelkey asked his teammates to list what theyconsidered to be the three most important financial measures. Thepurpose was to consider both the merits… Read More »Rethinking the Value of 3 Common Financial Metrics

Euro falls to parity with US dollar for the first time in two decades

Deepening fears about the health of the global economy have shoved theeuro down to parity against the US dollar for the first time in 20years. Investors gravitate towards the perceived safety of the dollar intimes of stress — a feature that led to a ferocious rally in the UScurrency when the coronavirus pandemic took root… Read More »Euro falls to parity with US dollar for the first time in two decades

ICYMI | FASB Streamlines Income Tax Accounting

Recently, FASB issued a new Accounting Standards Update (ASU 2019-12),Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. The new standard amendssection 740 of the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC),eliminating some problematic exceptions and technicalities. CPAs hoping the new standards would reduce the overall complexity ofdeferred income taxes will be disappointed. The basic principles havenot changed; instead, FASB has… Read More »ICYMI | FASB Streamlines Income Tax Accounting

Treasury Curve Inversion Deepens to Level Last Seen in 2007

One of the US bond market’s most widely watched indicators ofpotential recession risk has reached levels last seen in 2007. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note moved to be as muchas 10 basis points below the 2-year rate, eclipsing the9.5-basis-point gap reached in early April. So-called inversions of the yield curve — situations… Read More »Treasury Curve Inversion Deepens to Level Last Seen in 2007

Inflation rose 9.1% in June, even more than expected, as consumer pressures intensify

KEY POINTS The consumer price index increased 9.1% from a year ago in June, abovethe 8.8% Dow Jones estimate.Excluding food and energy, core CPI rose 5.9%, compared with the 5.7% estimate.Costs surged for gasoline, groceries, rent, and dental care.Adjusted for inflation, workers’ hourly wages fell 1% during the monthand are down 3.6% from a year… Read More »Inflation rose 9.1% in June, even more than expected, as consumer pressures intensify

Stock Drubbings Finally Convince Holdout Analysts to Get Real

Such a frenetic pace of downgrades seen only four times beforeRecession or not, the UBS model shows a 1,100-point gap for S&P 500 Even diehard bulls are yielding to recession angst. Wall Street analysts, the majority of whom clung to buy ratings andoptimistic profit forecasts as markets cratered, are showing signs ofgiving in. On a… Read More »Stock Drubbings Finally Convince Holdout Analysts to Get Real

How remote work is changing tech pay: Seattle startup comp equals Silicon Valley, study says

Remote work is equalizing tech startup pay across the country, withSilicon Valley and San Francisco as the benchmark, and Seattle asExhibit A. That’s one insight from a recent study by financial technology companyCarta: compensation packages at tech startups in the Seattle regionnow match those in the Bay Area, after increasing 3 percentage pointsin the past… Read More »How remote work is changing tech pay: Seattle startup comp equals Silicon Valley, study says

OECD sees global corporate tax overhaul on course for 2024

The biggest overhaul of cross-border tax rules in a generation is nowon course to take effect in 2024, the Organisation for EconomicCooperation and Development said on Monday in an update on the projectfor G20 finance ministers. The shake-up, which has been shepherded by the OECD and which nearly140 countries agreed to last year, aims to… Read More »OECD sees global corporate tax overhaul on course for 2024

Best Organizations Report Consolidated Financials in 4 Days: Metric of the Month

Monthly consolidated financials need to be prepared within a few daysto be of use to operational leaders. Consolidated financial statements enable organizations with a parentcompany and subordinate reporting units (e.g., subsidiaries, regionaloperations, or multiple locations) to report their finances as asingle enterprise for creditors, investors, operational leaders, andother stakeholders. Preparing these statements can be a… Read More »Best Organizations Report Consolidated Financials in 4 Days: Metric of the Month

The Stock Market Faces Next Test as Inflation Looms Over Earnings Season

Investors expect concerns about hot inflation and strapped consumersto dominate the corporate earnings season that kicks off this weekcreating winners and losers in the battered stock market. Stocks have come under pressure this year with inflation hovering at afour-decade high in the Federal Reserve in the midst of an aggressivecampaign to raise interest rates to… Read More »The Stock Market Faces Next Test as Inflation Looms Over Earnings Season

US ports saw record imports this spring, as port workers’ contract expires

Another record-breaking number of imports passed through the US’smajor container ports this spring — showing no sign of a slowdown inconsumer demand, the National Retail Federation, or NRF, said Friday. “Cargo volume is expected to remain high as we head into the peakshipping season, and it is essential that all ports continue tooperate with minimal… Read More »US ports saw record imports this spring, as port workers’ contract expires

Commerce Secretary Warns against ‘Talking Ourselves into Recession’

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Sunday expressed doubt that thenation will head into a significant economic downturn but warnedagainst “talking ourselves into a recession.” She said it’s typical for the Federal Reserve’s hikes in interestrates to slow economic growth. For over two years, the U.S. hasstruggled to recover from pandemic-related economic problems, namely asupply-chain crisis… Read More »Commerce Secretary Warns against ‘Talking Ourselves into Recession’

Another Wave of Shipping and Supply Chain Challenges is On the Way

After a period of relative sanity, another wave of shipping congestionis expected to happen soon. By now weary retailers are familiar withthe drill and are recalibrating supply chains and warehousing andmanufacturing strategies. At the moment, congestion has improved, according to a report inAvison Young, with only about 30 ships waiting offshore versus the 100that lined… Read More »Another Wave of Shipping and Supply Chain Challenges is On the Way

US Recession Is Already Here, According to Wells Fargo Investment Group

There’s no need to fret about the timing of a US recession anymore,according to Wells Fargo Investment Institute — because we’re alreadyin one. The investment strategy arm of the bank says the US is entering arecession in the second half of the year — in other words, now —amid inflation that’s faster and more broad-based… Read More »US Recession Is Already Here, According to Wells Fargo Investment Group

As states and cities raise minimum wage rates, some experts say a higher federal rate is long overdue

KEY POINTS The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009.Starting this month, workers in Connecticut, Nevada, Oregon, andWashington, D.C., are seeing higher minimum pay rates.Some experts say a higher federal standard for hourly pay is needed. Workers earning minimum wage are getting an income boost in some partsof the U.S., thanks to… Read More »As states and cities raise minimum wage rates, some experts say a higher federal rate is long overdue

Rising mortgage rates are hitting Americans’ wallets. Here’s how to adjust your housing budget

Homebuyers are feeling the squeeze of rising mortgage rates. On top ofthat, housing prices remain high. That may lead many to rethink theirbudget. “As mortgage rates go up, it raises the cost of buying a home with amortgage,” explained Danielle Hale, chief economist at Realtor.com. “For many homebuyers, higher mortgage rates equal a higher monthlycost,… Read More »Rising mortgage rates are hitting Americans’ wallets. Here’s how to adjust your housing budget

FASB issues standards to improve fair value guidance for equity securities

FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that improvesfinancial reporting for investors and other financial statement usersby increasing the comparability of financial information acrossreporting entities that have investments in equity securities measuredat fair value that are subject to contractual restrictions preventingthe sale of those securities. FASB ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement, according to a… Read More »FASB issues standards to improve fair value guidance for equity securities

1 Out of 3 Companies Increased Cash Holdings: Weekly Stat

Operating cash flows boosted many balance sheets in the 12 monthsending March, but that will be harder to do this quarter. The Association for Financial Professionals’ annual Liquidity Surveytakes a thorough look into corporate treasury trends and informationon corporate cash holdings, cash management, and short-term investing. Among other questions on cash management, the survey asks… Read More »1 Out of 3 Companies Increased Cash Holdings: Weekly Stat

ICYMI | Working from Home State Income Tax Complications

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic triggered an exodus of workersfrom their comfortable offices to the safety of their homes and otherremote locations. For some, this displacement is temporary and willend when the pandemic subsides; for others, the ability to workremotely represents a paradigm shift that may be felt for many yearsto come. This article explores some… Read More »ICYMI | Working from Home State Income Tax Complications

Don’t Be Tricked Into Voluntarily Paying Higher Taxes on Your IRA

Traditional IRAs are set up in a way that basically incentivizes you(and your heirs) into paying the highest tax bill possible. Don’t fallfor it. Consider a Roth conversion instead. When you first decided to contribute to an IRA or anemployer-sponsored retirement account, it probably seemed like a greatdeal – at least at the time. After… Read More »Don’t Be Tricked Into Voluntarily Paying Higher Taxes on Your IRA

Fed: Sharply higher rates may be needed to quell inflation

Federal Reserve officials were concerned at their meeting last monththat consumers were increasingly anticipating higher inflation, andthey signaled that much higher interest rates could be needed torestrain it. The policymakers also acknowledged, in minutes from their June 14-15meeting released Wednesday, that their rate hikes could weaken theeconomy. But they suggested that such steps were necessary… Read More »Fed: Sharply higher rates may be needed to quell inflation

NY Times: The IRS Is The Gatekeeper For Charities, But Approves 99.96%Of All Applications; Form 1023EZ = EZ Fraud

The tax agency is the gatekeeper for America’s charity system, butreduced vetting has opened the door to scams. The “American Cancer Society of Michigan,” state authorities say, wasa fake charity. And not even a good fake. It was not in Michigan, for one thing. When the group applied to theInternal Revenue Service to become a… Read More »NY Times: The IRS Is The Gatekeeper For Charities, But Approves 99.96%Of All Applications; Form 1023EZ = EZ Fraud

Audit partners see signs that inflation will persist

Three out of four public company audit partners believe thatinflationary concerns could persist well into 2023 and possiblybeyond, according to a new survey by the Center for Audit Quality(CAQ). The CAQ’s inaugural Audit Partner Pulse Survey found that 75% of the700 auditors surveyed anticipate that the current inflation cycle willimpact their primary industry sector for… Read More »Audit partners see signs that inflation will persist

Economic output is falling, but so is unemployment

The U.S. economy has experienced 12 recessions since World War II, andeach one included two features: Economic output contracted andunemployment rose. Today, something highly unusual is happening. Economic output fell inthe first quarter and signs suggest it did so again in the second. Yetthe job market showed little sign of faltering during the first halfof… Read More »Economic output is falling, but so is unemployment

Biden Close to Rollback of Chinese Tariffs to Fight Inflation

-Move could include announcing new probe into China’s subsidies-Easing tariffs seen as way to counter accelerating inflation President Joe Biden may announce as soon as this week a rollback ofsome US tariffs on Chinese consumer goods — as well as a new probeinto industrial subsidies that could lead to more duties in strategicareas like technology.… Read More »Biden Close to Rollback of Chinese Tariffs to Fight Inflation

Explainer: Is the U.S. in a recession? GDP is not the only measure

By some early estimates, the U.S. economy, as measured by grossdomestic product, may have shrunk in the three months from Aprilthrough June. Add that to the decline from January through March, andthat would be a contraction for two quarters in a row. By an often-cited rule of thumb, that means the world’s largesteconomy is in… Read More »Explainer: Is the U.S. in a recession? GDP is not the only measure

U.S. Supreme Court emissions ruling may stop SEC drive for disclosure

A U.S. Supreme Court decision to curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions may be bad news for a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) bid to force companies to disclose their emissions. While Thursday’s ruling relates to the EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions, legal experts said it raises questions… Read More »U.S. Supreme Court emissions ruling may stop SEC drive for disclosure

FASB issues standards to improve fair value guidance for equity securities

FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that improves financial reporting for investors and other financial statement users by increasing the comparability of financial information across reporting entities that have investments in equity securities measured at fair value that are subject to contractual restrictions preventing the sale of those securities. FASB ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement, according… Read More »FASB issues standards to improve fair value guidance for equity securities

Inflation is making Fourth of July celebrations more expensive than ever

KEY POINTS Thanks to inflation, even a backyard barbecue is more expensive this year. Here are five ways to save money over the Fourth of July weekend without sacrificing the festivities or fun. Nothing says Independence Day like a good, old-fashioned barbecue. In keeping with tradition, most Americans — roughly 60% — plan to grill… Read More »Inflation is making Fourth of July celebrations more expensive than ever

The corporate spending that can’t wait for a recession to pass

KEY POINTS Major corporations tell CNBC that even as the stock market is volatileand recession risk elevated, spending levels will increase.Technology is a primary reason as firms need to stay on top of areaslike AI or risk falling behind and losing long-term market share tocompetitors. Short-term market volatility can be a distraction, but it shouldn’tdeter… Read More »The corporate spending that can’t wait for a recession to pass

Wall Street stumbles as consumer pessimism stokes growth fears

Summary U.S. consumer expectations sink to a near-decade lowNike slips on downbeat quarterly revenue forecastIndexes down: Dow 1.56%, S&P 2.01%, Nasdaq 2.98% Wall Street closed sharply lower in a broad sell-off on Tuesday asdire consumer confidence data dampened investor optimism and fueledworries over the recession and the looming earnings season. The S&P and the Nasdaq… Read More »Wall Street stumbles as consumer pessimism stokes growth fears

US IPOs Can’t Shake 2022 Slump After Thriving Through Pandemic

Companies last year defied the coronavirus pandemic to go public at arecord pace. Now, market volatility, inflation, and fears of adownturn have brought an abrupt end to the listing party. Companies have raised a combined $4.9 billion via US initial publicofferings this year, less than 6% of the record sum raised in thefirst half of… Read More »US IPOs Can’t Shake 2022 Slump After Thriving Through Pandemic

PODCAST: Which Documents to Keep, Which to Shred, and Which to Scan

A speedy recovery from a disaster can depend on your recordkeeping.Kiplinger’s Personal Finance writer Rivan Stinson tells us how to getour papers in order. Transcript: David Muhlbaum: What documents can you throw out, and which must yousave, and where do you put them, is a debate as old as, well, writingthings down. But technology and… Read More »PODCAST: Which Documents to Keep, Which to Shred, and Which to Scan

Just keep your returns: Stores weigh paying you not to bring back unwanted items

The chaotic mix of record fuel prices and an unending supply chaincrisis have retailers considering the unthinkable: Instead ofreturning your unwanted items, just keep them. In recent weeks, some of the biggest store chains, including Target(TGT), Walmart, (WMT) Gap (GPS), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), andothers have reported in their latest earnings calls that they have… Read More »Just keep your returns: Stores weigh paying you not to bring back unwanted items

Many US companies move to pay travel costs for employees seeking abortions

Tech firms and banks, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs,Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase, add a ‘critical healthcare’ package Many large US corporations have moved swiftly to provide support andfinancial assistance to employees seeking abortions in states thatoutlawed the procedure after the US supreme court’s decision on Fridayto overturn its landmark Roe v Wade ruling. With… Read More »Many US companies move to pay travel costs for employees seeking abortions

Fed policymakers embrace more rate hikes, markets a little less

A pair of U.S. central bankers said on Friday they supported furthersharp interest rate hikes to stem rapid price rises, even as investorscheered economic data showing inflation expectations to be lessworrisome than initially feared. Last week, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark overnight interestrate by three-quarters of a percentage point – its biggest hike since1994… Read More »Fed policymakers embrace more rate hikes, markets a little less

High inflation has 58% of people nervous about their savings, a survey finds. One trick may help you boost your emergency cash

KEY POINTS The percentage of people who are uncomfortable with the money theyhave set aside is now 58%, up from 44% two years ago, a newBankrate.com survey finds.“Inflation being at four-decade highs will erode your comfort level inthe buying power of your emergency savings,” said Greg McBride, chieffinancial analyst at Bankrate.com.Here’s how to think about… Read More »High inflation has 58% of people nervous about their savings, a survey finds. One trick may help you boost your emergency cash

IRS Still Has Backlog of 21.3 Million Tax Returns

At the end of May 2022, the agency had a backlog of 21.3 millionunprocessed paper tax returns, an increase of 1.3 million over thesame time last year. On June 22, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins released herstatutorily mandated mid-year report to Congress. The report expressesconcern about continuing delays in the processing of paper-filed taxreturns… Read More »IRS Still Has Backlog of 21.3 Million Tax Returns

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will testify before 2 congressional panels

NPR’s Leila Fadel talks to Stephen Cecchetti, professor ofinternational finance at Brandeis University, for a preview ofPowell’s testimony which follows the Fed’s biggest rate hike since1994. LEILA FADEL, HOST: Inflation is also the focus of lawmakers today. They’re questioningFederal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell. Last week, the Fed announcedits biggest interest rate hike in almost 30… Read More »Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will testify before 2 congressional panels

Nearly one-third of older Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement

And 40% of those surveyed have less than $50,000 saved for their old age Many older Americans are willing to work during their retirement years— and they may have to be — because they aren’t financially preparedfor their old age. Almost three in 10 people between 55 and 67 years old have less than$10,000 saved… Read More »Nearly one-third of older Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement

Goldman Warns US Recession Risk Now Higher and More Front-Loaded

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists warned the risk of a US recessionhas grown more likely, and have downgraded their gross domesticproduct growth forecasts for the economy. The Goldman economists now see a 30% probability of entering arecession over the next year, compared to 15% previously, and a 25%conditional probability of entering a recession in the… Read More »Goldman Warns US Recession Risk Now Higher and More Front-Loaded

Analysis: Investors brace for recession, more market turmoil after Fed’s supersized hike

NEW YORK, June 16 (Reuters) – Investors’ faith in a soft landing forthe U.S. economy is being heavily tested, as a jumbo-sized interestrate hike from the Federal Reserve stirs worries over the recessionand more volatile trading ahead. Analysts and investors said they believe a recession is more likelyafter the Fed at the close of its… Read More »Analysis: Investors brace for recession, more market turmoil after Fed’s supersized hike

The Excel Equation: When Is It Time to Move Away?

Microsoft’s spreadsheet still dominates corporate finance for plentyof good reasons, but is it holding you back from growth? Why Does Excel Survive in Finance Departments? Microsoft’s spreadsheet still dominates corporate finance, for plentyof good reasons. Growing Pains: Stuck on Excel As a company scales, the spreadsheet software can impede finance’spursuit of growth and efficiency. 3… Read More »The Excel Equation: When Is It Time to Move Away?

Fed hikes its benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percentage points, the biggest increase since 1994

KEY POINTS The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rates three-quartersof a percentage point in its most aggressive hike since 1994.According to the “dot plot” of individual members’ expectations, theFed’s benchmark rate will end the year at 3.4%, an upward revision of1.5 percentage points from the March estimate.Officials also significantly cut their outlook for 2022… Read More »Fed hikes its benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percentage points, the biggest increase since 1994

A 75-basis-point hike? Here are 3 ways the Fed can sound more hawkish this week.

The Federal Reserve’s plan to raise its benchmark rate to a neutrallevel, around 2.5%, by the end of the year is under pressure aftersurprisingly strong May consumer inflation data on Friday. “The May CPI was a stunning blow to the Fed’s hopes that inflationwould cool off any time soon,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economistat Amherst… Read More »A 75-basis-point hike? Here are 3 ways the Fed can sound more hawkish this week.

Key inflation measure slows slightly but remains uncomfortably high

A key inflation reading showed a glimmer of hope on Tuesday, revealinga slight slowdown in rising prices — though they remain uncomfortablyhigh. The Producer Price Index, which measures wholesale prices before goodsand services reach consumers, rose 10.8% in May compared to where itstood a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau ofLabor… Read More »Key inflation measure slows slightly but remains uncomfortably high

Fed attacks inflation with its largest rate hike since 1994

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve intensified its fight againsthigh inflation on Wednesday, raising its key interest rate bythree-quarters of a point — the largest bump since 1994 — andsignaling more rate hikes ahead as it tries to cool off the U.S.economy without causing a recession. The unusually large rate hike came after data released… Read More »Fed attacks inflation with its largest rate hike since 1994

Over two-thirds of economists believe a recession is likely to hit in 2023

The writing is on the wall, and the majority of U.S. economists agreethat the U.S. is in store of a recession next year. Year-over-year U.S. consumer price increases unexpectedly surged lastmonth to 8.6%. That means that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to slowdown the economy over the past few months through two differentinterest rate hikes have… Read More »Over two-thirds of economists believe a recession is likely to hit in 2023

US Inflation Quickens to 40-Year High, Pressuring Fed and Biden

US inflation accelerated to a fresh 40-year high in May, a sign thatprice pressures are becoming entrenched in the economy. That willlikely push the Federal Reserve to extend an aggressive series ofinterest-rate hikes and adds to political problems for the White Houseand Democrats. The consumer price index increased 8.6% from a year earlier in abroad-based… Read More »US Inflation Quickens to 40-Year High, Pressuring Fed and Biden

IRS increases mileage rate for the remainder of 2022

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increasein the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022.Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate thedeductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certainother purposes. For the final 6 months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for businesstravel… Read More »IRS increases mileage rate for the remainder of 2022

The recession will hit in the first half of 2023 and the Dow is heeded lower: CNBC CFO survey

KEY POINTS Amid high inflation that has become the No. 1 business risk, not asingle chief financial officer surveyed by CNBC thinks a recession canbe avoided.The macroeconomic view of CFOs informs a bearish stock market outlook,with most expecting the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall to 30,000before reaching a new high, which would represent a… Read More »The recession will hit in the first half of 2023 and the Dow is heeded lower: CNBC CFO survey

Yellen says White House looking to ‘reconfigure’ China tariffs as inflation roars

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Wednesday that tariff reductionson Chinese goods may be warranted as the White House tries to cool thehottest inflation in four decades, but said that such cuts are not a“panacea” to runaway consumers prices. While testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, Yellensaid the Biden administration is looking to reconfigure… Read More »Yellen says White House looking to ‘reconfigure’ China tariffs as inflation roars

Wall Street’s blank-check boom has gone bust

The stock market has been cratering so far this year — leaving specialpurpose acquisition companies, which buy private firms in order tomake them public without the need for a traditional initial publicoffering, with difficulty finding targets.SPACs, also known as blankcheck companies, are facing the same concerns about inflation and alooming recession on the horizon that… Read More »Wall Street’s blank-check boom has gone bust

Inflation Is Poised to Ease According to These Three Key Indicators

Prices for chips and shipping containers have come off peaksCentral bankers are scrambling to snuff out soaring inflation Three of the key supply-side factors driving today’s global inflationlevels have already turned around, meaning relief could be on thehorizon for shoppers worldwide. A bellwether semiconductor price — a barometer of costs of finishedelectronics products as diverse… Read More »Inflation Is Poised to Ease According to These Three Key Indicators

The race toward a new computing technology is heating up — and Asia isjumping on the trend

KEY POINTS Japan has made key advancements in the quantum computer race, Indiahas developed its own strategy for the technology, and debates aresimmering over whether China has surpassed the U.S. on some fronts.Quantum computing will ultimately speed up the computational powerthat drives many industries and could affect everything from drugdiscovery to how data is secured.However,… Read More »The race toward a new computing technology is heating up — and Asia isjumping on the trend

Social Security’s funds have a new, later-projected depletion date of 2035. How Congress may shore up the program

KEY POINTS Social Security’s combined trust funds are now projected to be able topay scheduled benefits until 2035, a full year later than wasprojected last year.But if nothing is done to shore up the program, just 80% of benefitswill be payable at that time.Congress may choose to make select changes to repair the program.Here’s what… Read More »Social Security’s funds have a new, later-projected depletion date of 2035. How Congress may shore up the program

The IRS is working to increase its audit rates for higher earners

KEY POINTS The IRS is working to boost audit rates for the wealthiest Americans,according to a statement from the agency.While plummeting audits have drawn congressional scrutiny, the numbersdoubled for higher earners over the past seven months, the IRSreported.Still, “resource constraints” have limited the agency’s ability toreview high net worth individuals, large corporations, and complexbusiness structures.… Read More »The IRS is working to increase its audit rates for higher earners

Fink Sees Elevated Inflation for Years Amid Supply Shocks

BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink said he expectsinflation to remain elevated for several years primarily because ofsnarled global supply chains. “It’s been aggravated by Covid and lockdowns in different parts of theworld,” Fink, 69, said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview on “TheClose” on Bloomberg Television. “It’s more supply-driven.” The world’s largest asset manager,… Read More »Fink Sees Elevated Inflation for Years Amid Supply Shocks

Abusive CRATs and Maltese IRAs among ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams

The IRS on Wednesday began its annual “Dirty Dozen” series, warning ofabusive tax transactions and scams, with four schemes the Serviceadvised taxpayers to shun. The four arrangements the IRS described as potentially abusive “arevery much on our enforcement radar screen,” a news release quoted IRSCommissioner Charles Rettig as saying. The release also remindedtaxpayers that they… Read More »Abusive CRATs and Maltese IRAs among ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams

Jamie Dimon says ‘brace yourself for an economic hurricane caused by the Fed and Ukraine war

KEY POINTS There are two main factors that have Dimon worried: So-calledquantitative tightening, or QT, is scheduled to begin this month andwill ramp up to $95 billion a month in reduced bond holdings.The other large factor worrying Dimon is the Ukraine war and itsimpact on commodities, including food and fuel. Oil could hit $150 or$175… Read More »Jamie Dimon says ‘brace yourself for an economic hurricane caused by the Fed and Ukraine war

Private businesses added 128,000 jobs in May, marking the smallest gain of the pandemic recovery

The US private sector added fewer jobs than expected in May as theFederal Reserve ramped up its effort to slow the economy and coolinflation. Private-sector firms added 128,000 payrolls last month, ADP saidThursday in its monthly employment report. The median estimate fromeconomists surveyed by Bloomberg saw an increase of 300,000 privatepayrolls. The May sum marks… Read More »Private businesses added 128,000 jobs in May, marking the smallest gain of the pandemic recovery

Is this the end of retirement as we know it?

The ‘retirement ideal’ has been changing for years. Older people areincreasingly unretiring, changing the shape of this life stage. Picture retirement in your head. It’s a laughing, grey-haired couplesipping piña coladas on a white sand beach; perhaps they’re gettingsome liquid courage for their skydive later. Not a care in the world,their only responsibility is getting… Read More »Is this the end of retirement as we know it?

The rising cost of living hurts U.S. consumer confidence; house prices soar

Summary The consumer confidence index falls to 106.4 in MayLabor market gauge softens; more say jobs hard to findBuying intentions for cars, homes, and major appliances easeHouse prices accelerate year-on-year in March U.S. consumer confidence eased modestly in May as persistently highinflation and rising interest rates force Americans to become morecautious about buying big-ticket items,… Read More »The rising cost of living hurts U.S. consumer confidence; house prices soar

Executives ‘buy the dip’ at a rate not seen since the start of the pandemic

Corporate executives have this month bought shares in their companiesat a rate not seen since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic inwhat some Wall Street analysts said was an encouraging sign for the USstock market. Between the start of the month and May 24, insiderbuying at S&P 500 companies has been the strongest since… Read More »Executives ‘buy the dip’ at a rate not seen since the start of the pandemic

First-quarter GDP declined 1.5%, worse than thought; jobless claims edge lower

KEY POINTS First-quarter GDP declined at a 1.5% annual pace, worse than the 1.3%Dow Jones estimate and a write-down from the initially reported 1.4%.The pullback in gross domestic product represented the worst quartersince the pandemic-scarred Q2 of 2020.Initial jobless claims totaled 210,000, a decline of 8,000 from theprevious week. The U.S. economic contraction to start… Read More »First-quarter GDP declined 1.5%, worse than thought; jobless claims edge lower

SPACs Make Flurry of Deals as Blank Checks Seek Something to Own

Blank-check companies settled on deals to buy a members-only startupairline, a startup augmented reality firm and a company called Two BitCircus this month as SPACs face pressing deadlines to strike deals orclose shop. At least 16 special-purpose acquisition company tie-ups have beenannounced so far in May, the most since December, chipping away at abacklog of… Read More »SPACs Make Flurry of Deals as Blank Checks Seek Something to Own

The Fed’s favorite inflation measure rose 4.9% in April in a sign that price increases could be slowing

KEY POINTS The core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’spreferred inflation gauge, rose 4.9% from a year ago in April, in linewith estimates and a deceleration from March.Personal income rose slightly less than expected, but spending beatestimates as consumers tapped savings.Headline PCE rose just 0.2%, a sharp reduction from March’s 0.9% increase. The Federal… Read More »The Fed’s favorite inflation measure rose 4.9% in April in a sign that price increases could be slowing

Fed’s Inflation Fight Gets a Boost Amid the Wall Street Rout

Beneath the latest global market disruptions are clues that the Federal Reserve is making slow but sure progress in its bid to curb the excesses of this inflation-addled business cycle.  Ever-tightening financial conditions and the draining of stock-market froth suggest Wall Street is taking the Fed’s hawkish stance seriously, a development that should eventually help cool the… Read More »Fed’s Inflation Fight Gets a Boost Amid the Wall Street Rout

Fed minutes point to more rate hikes that go further than the market anticipates

KEY POINTS Fed minutes released Wednesday indicated that officials are prepared to move ahead with multiple 50 basis points interest rate increases. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee said policy may have to move past “neutral” and into “restrictive” territory. The minutes indicate that members are hopeful they can bring down inflation, but also… Read More »Fed minutes point to more rate hikes that go further than the market anticipates

IRS interest rates increase for the third quarter of 2022

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will increase for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2022. The rates will be: 5% for overpayments (4% in the case of a corporation). 2.5% for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000. 5% for underpayments. 7% for large corporate underpayments.  Under the… Read More »IRS interest rates increase for the third quarter of 2022

The Market Minute: Halfway Through 2022 And The Outlook For SPACs And IPOs Isn’t Good

We’re nearing the end of the second quarter of the year, and it’s been unpleasant to say the least. Inflation, rising interest rates, and the war in Ukraine have caused a lot of volatility in the stock market, with the S&P 500 dipping into bear market territory last week. While last year was a record… Read More »The Market Minute: Halfway Through 2022 And The Outlook For SPACs And IPOs Isn’t Good

Sequoia Latest To Issue Warning Shot To Founders

Another week, another message to startups that the good times are dead. This time the message comes directly from the original authors of R.I.P. Good Times in 2008—Sequoia Capital. The venture giant—known for investments in tech titans such as Apple, Uber, and Google—shared a 52-slide presentation with 250 founders on May 16 over Zoom that warned of a “crucible moment” of uncertainty for… Read More »Sequoia Latest To Issue Warning Shot To Founders

Fed embraces 50-basis-point rate hikes in June, and July to curb ‘very high’ inflation

All participants at the Federal Reserve’s May 3-4 policy meeting backed a half-percentage-point rate increase to combat inflation they agreed had become a key threat to the economy’s performance and was at risk of racing higher without action by the U.S. central bank, minutes of the session showed on Wednesday. This month’s 50-basis-point hike in… Read More »Fed embraces 50-basis-point rate hikes in June, and July to curb ‘very high’ inflation

Walmart is expanding its drone deliveries to reach 4 million households

Walmart announced on Tuesday that it’s planning on expanding thenumber of stores that offer drone-delivered packages; by the end ofthe year, it hopes to fly deliveries from 34 sites across Arizona,Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The company says theexpansion will give up to 4 million households access to the service,which is a significant increase.… Read More »Walmart is expanding its drone deliveries to reach 4 million households

A Comfortable Retirement Appears Out of Reach for Most Americans

American workers say it will take $1.1 million on average to retirecomfortably — but less than one in four-figure they’ll be able to savethat much. Just 22% of people approaching retirement age said they’ll have enoughmoney to maintain a comfortable standard of living, according to the2022 Schroders US Retirement Survey, down from 26% a year… Read More »A Comfortable Retirement Appears Out of Reach for Most Americans

Education is Key: 3 Financial Lessons for Retirees Nearing Retirement

When it comes to retirement planning, educating yourself can keep youfrom making big mistakes. Here are three key lessons that everyonepreparing for their golden years should know. Do you feel like you know enough about money to get by? A newlyreleased survey by the TIAA Institute shows that people of all agesand experience levels could… Read More »Education is Key: 3 Financial Lessons for Retirees Nearing Retirement

JPMorgan Says U.S. Consumers Are Doing Just Fine

Recession fears have markets into panic. But the leaders of America’sbiggest banks and US consumers appear to be in good financial health. JP Morgan Chase & CO. expects credit losses to remain abnormally lowthrough March of 2023. Because customers haven’t yet drank cashbalances that grew fatter during the pandemic executive say at thebank’s investor day… Read More »JPMorgan Says U.S. Consumers Are Doing Just Fine

IRS mostly correct on recovery rebate credits, TIGTA says

The IRS correctly calculated taxpayers’ eligibility for a recoveryrebate credit in the 2021 filing season 99.3% of the time, theTreasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reportedMonday. However, even the corresponding 0.7% error rate involved hundreds ofmillions of dollars in improper allowances of the credit, and TIGTAfound other instances where individuals should have received arecovery… Read More »IRS mostly correct on recovery rebate credits, TIGTA says

IRS sent over $800M in potentially improper recovery rebate payments

The Internal Revenue Service issued potentially improper RecoveryRebate Credit payments totaling $898 million, according to a newreport. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for TaxAdministration, noted that $79.8 million in Recovery Rebate Creditsactually should have been paid to eligible individuals, but $818.5million was paid to ineligible individuals. Nevertheless, the IRSdeclined to review nearly $598… Read More »IRS sent over $800M in potentially improper recovery rebate payments

The Big Economic Risk Wall Street Isn’t Talking About Stephanie Pomboy

Stephanie Pomboy digs around to find risks and opportunities whereothers fail to tread. Right now, the founder and president of the economic research firmMacroMavens are forecasting a profits recession, marked by a “hugemargin squeeze for the average corporation.” It will be a significant price squeeze not experienced since the1970s, as she tells ThinkAdvisor in an… Read More »The Big Economic Risk Wall Street Isn’t Talking About Stephanie Pomboy

Bank balances surged during Covid even as pandemic-era stimulus ended, BofA CEO says

KEY POINTS Bank of America’s account holders saw strong growth in their balancesduring Covid, CEO Brian Moynihan told CNBC.Moynihan said predicted that people “probably” won’t start spendingtheir stimulus check-boosted balances right now. Bank of America’s account holders saw strong growth in their balancesduring Covid and have yet to spend down their pandemic-era stimulusmoney, CEO Brian… Read More »Bank balances surged during Covid even as pandemic-era stimulus ended, BofA CEO says

Average US gasoline price jumps 33 cents to $4.71 per gallon

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 33 cents overthe past two weeks to $4.71 per gallon The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 33 cents overthe past two weeks to $4.71 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sundaythat the price jump comes amid higher crude oil costs… Read More »Average US gasoline price jumps 33 cents to $4.71 per gallon

IRS increases interest rates for Q3

Under the Tax Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterlybasis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment andunderpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentagepoints. Generally, in the case of a corporation, the underpayment rate is thefederal short-term rate plus three percentage points, and theoverpayment rate is the federal short-term… Read More »IRS increases interest rates for Q3

Corporate taxes plunged to a new low worldwide

Corporate tax rates in major economies around the world have fallen toan average of just 25.1% this year, according to a study releasedFriday by the UHY international accounting firm network. With the COVID-19 pandemic leaving a gaping hole in the publicfinances of many countries, however, UHY predicts the trend ofdeclining corporate tax rates worldwide is… Read More »Corporate taxes plunged to a new low worldwide

IRS audit rates plummet, especially for wealthy

The Internal Revenue Service has been auditing fewer taxpayers since2010, according to a new report, but audit rates have been plungingthe most for higher-income taxpayers. A report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Officefound that in recent years, the IRS audited taxpayers with incomesbelow $25,000 and those with incomes of $500,000 or more athigher-than-average rates.… Read More »IRS audit rates plummet, especially for wealthy

Does inflation have you worried about retirement? Here’s what experts say to do

Inflation may have you worried about your retirement. Prices have been rising on everything from food to housing. In April,the consumer price index, which measures the prices of goods andservices, notched an 8.3% increase from the year-earlier period. In fact, 70% of Americans are calling inflation “a very big problem”for the country, according to a… Read More »Does inflation have you worried about retirement? Here’s what experts say to do

Powell: ‘Some pain’ may be required to slow inflation

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the centralbank will continue to raise short-term interest rates — which willlikely slow economic activity — until there is “clear and convincingevidence” that inflation is coming down. “We will go to that point and there won’t be any hesitation aboutthat,” Powell said at a Wall Street Journal… Read More »Powell: ‘Some pain’ may be required to slow inflation

Powell: Fed to keep hiking rates until it controls inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday underscored theFederal Reserve’s determination to keep raising interest rates untilthere is clear evidence inflation is steadily falling — a high-stakeseffort that carries the risk of causing an eventual recession. The Fed’s increases in its benchmark short-term rate typically lead,in turn, to higher borrowing costs for consumers and… Read More »Powell: Fed to keep hiking rates until it controls inflation

The US Set to Block Russian Debt Payments, Raising Odds of Default

The Biden administration is poised to fully block Russia’s ability topay U.S. bondholders after a deadline expires next week, a move thatcould bring Moscow closer to the brink of default. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is expectedto allow a general license that expires May 25 to lapse, according topeople familiar with the… Read More »The US Set to Block Russian Debt Payments, Raising Odds of Default

The World’s a Mess. So They’ve Stopped Saving for Tomorrow.

Many adults under 35 are throwing financial caution to the wind. It’sall about saving less, spending more, and pursuing passions. In a tumultuous time, many adults under 35 have stopped playing itsafe. Instead of banking as much of their pay as they used to, they’resaving less, spending more, and pursuing passion projects or riskycareers. Namrata… Read More »The World’s a Mess. So They’ve Stopped Saving for Tomorrow.

Just 8% of Manhattan office workers are back full-time, a survey shows.

The Partnership for New York City found a wider embrace of hybrid workplaces, with 78 percent of businesses adopting the model. The best-laid plans for a full-time return to the office remain bedeviled by Covid-19 case rates and a workforce reluctant to go back to their commutes, according to data published this week by the Partnership for New… Read More »Just 8% of Manhattan office workers are back full-time, a survey shows.

Inflation remained near a 40-year high in April. Here’s where consumers plan to cut spending

Inflation is still on the rise, prompting consumers to change their shopping habits to keep up. The Consumer Price Index jumped 8.3% year over year in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. While the reading was a slight decline from the 8.5% increase seen a month prior, it still represented inflation near a 40-year… Read More »Inflation remained near a 40-year high in April. Here’s where consumers plan to cut spending

Inflation barreled ahead at 8.3% in April from a year ago, remaining near 40-year highs

KEY POINTS The consumer price index accelerated 8.3% in April, more than the 8.1% estimate and near the highest level in more than 40 years. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, also was higher than expected, rising 6.2%. Shelter costs, which comprise about one-third of the CPI, rose at their fastest pace since 1991.… Read More »Inflation barreled ahead at 8.3% in April from a year ago, remaining near 40-year highs

IRS destroyed 30M paper information returns due to the backlog

The Internal Revenue Service decided to destroy an estimated 30million paper-filed information return documents in March 2021 becauseof its inability to process its backlog of paper tax returns,according to a new report. The report, released Monday by the Treasury Inspector General for TaxAdministration, noted that the IRS typically uses information returndocuments for post-processing compliance matches… Read More »IRS destroyed 30M paper information returns due to the backlog

U.S. profit forecasts weaken as companies assess inflation risks

With first-quarter U.S. earnings in the final stretch, corporategrowth expectations for the current quarter and 2022 mostly aredeclining as costs surge for oil and other supplies and interest ratesrise. Sky-high oil has boosted forecasts for energy company earnings whilefeeding into concerns about profit margins for many other S&P 500industries. Disappointing outlooks from Amazon.com (AMZN.O), Netflix… Read More »U.S. profit forecasts weaken as companies assess inflation risks

BofA scales back on SPAC work as bank retreat accelerates

Bank of America Corp. scaled back work with some SPACs, part of aretreat by banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc.from blank-check firms over concern about potential liability risksassociated with the vehicles. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based lender ended its relationshipswith some of the special purpose acquisition companies it helped takepublic while reviewing its… Read More »BofA scales back on SPAC work as bank retreat accelerates

US sanctions ban the provision of accounting and consulting services to Russia

Expanded U.S. government sanctions against Russia in response to thewar in Ukraine include a ban on accounting and management consultingservices by U.S. citizens. The sanctions announced Sunday “prohibit U.S. persons from providingaccounting, trust, and corporate formation, and management consultingservices to any person in the Russian Federation,” a White Housestatement said. The statement included other sanctions… Read More »US sanctions ban the provision of accounting and consulting services to Russia

Staffing shortages and backlog hampered IRS in 2022 filing season, TIGTA says

Continued personnel shortages and a growing backlog of some returnssignificantly impeded the IRS’s performance during the 2022 income taxfiling season that ended last month, the Treasury Inspector Generalfor Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported in a preliminary audit. The report, Interim Results of the 2022 Filing Season (Rep’s No.2022-40-035), dated May 2, provided a snapshot of the… Read More »Staffing shortages and backlog hampered IRS in 2022 filing season, TIGTA says

Wall Street staggers with ‘vicious’ US$1.3T stock selloff

A day after celebrating the Federal Reserve’s signal that it wouldn’tbe making any jumbo-sized moves, traders woke up on Thursday decidingthat the central bank will struggle to fight high inflation amid thelingering threat of a recession. In a sharp about-face, investors sold stocks, bonds, andcryptocurrencies on Thursday. The S&P 500 Index lost 3.6 percent,erasing about… Read More »Wall Street staggers with ‘vicious’ US$1.3T stock selloff

Fed raises interest rates by 0.50%, the largest move since 2000

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised short-term interest rates by0.50%, as part of an effort to tamp down the inflationary pressuresweighing on Americans. The central bank suggested that it will further raise borrowing coststhroughout this year as it attempts to undo its pandemic-era, easymoney policies. The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee alsodetailed plans on unwinding… Read More »Fed raises interest rates by 0.50%, the largest move since 2000

The Great Resignation is still red hot — but may not last

The pandemic-era trend known as the “Great Resignation” is stillred-hot, as workers enjoy the perks of record-high demand for theirlabor. However, economic headwinds mean those benefits may not last muchlonger, according to economists. A record 4.5 million workers quit their jobs in March, edging justabove the previous high-water mark set in November, the U.S.Department of… Read More »The Great Resignation is still red hot — but may not last

Powell’s Fed Set to Go Big and Keep Going Until Inflation Tamed

Jerome Powell doesn’t like to bless banks and financial markets, buthe could shift the needle this week on how high investors expect theFederal Reserve to raise interest rates to cool overheated prices. The Fed chair and his colleagues want to lift rates expeditiously to aneutral level this year that neither stimulates nor restrains growtharound 2.5%.… Read More »Powell’s Fed Set to Go Big and Keep Going Until Inflation Tamed

The Fed wants to cool the U.S. housing market. Here’s what that feels like

In mid-April, months into an increasingly frustrating house hunt,Harsh Grewal and his wife settled on a place in a San Francisco suburband were prepping a bid, above the listed price so they’d have achance of besting other offers in one of the nation’s hottest housingmarkets. Then he checked his phone and saw several alerts, all… Read More »The Fed wants to cool the U.S. housing market. Here’s what that feels like

How People with Pandemic-Induced Financial Fatigue Can Get Back on Track

People are worn out. They are trying to make it through the stress ofthe pandemic, a continually volatile market, and record inflation.And, for many who are years from retirement, they have decades of workahead of them. These younger Americans are in the middle of their working years –those critical saving-for-retirement years. It’s not easy to… Read More »How People with Pandemic-Induced Financial Fatigue Can Get Back on Track

Fed’s inflation gauge rose 6.6 percent annually in March

Consumer prices rose more than 6 percent annually in March, showingconsumer spending taking a bigger bite out of household incomes,according to data released Friday. The personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index — the FederalReserve’s preferred gauge of inflation — rose 6.6 percent over the 12months ending in March, up from a 6.3 percent annual inflation… Read More »Fed’s inflation gauge rose 6.6 percent annually in March

Global shares rise as earnings boost, U.S. dollar hits 20-year high

The U.S. dollar touched a two-decade high against rivals on Thursday,as Wall Street rallied and European shares rose from six-week lowswith strong earnings reports offsetting gloomy U.S. economic data. The yen dropped to a 20-year low after the Bank of Japan vowed to buyunlimited amounts of 10-year bonds daily to defend its yield target.The bank’s… Read More »Global shares rise as earnings boost, U.S. dollar hits 20-year high

Powell says taming inflation is‘ absolutely essential,’ and a 50 basis
point hike is possible for May

KEY POINTS Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday said the central bank iscommitted to raising rates “expeditiously” to bring down inflation.That could mean an interest rate hike of 50 basis points in May asprices rise at their fastest pace in more than 40 years.“It’s absolutely essential to restore price stability,” he added. Federal Reserve Chairman… Read More »Powell says taming inflation is‘ absolutely essential,’ and a 50 basis
point hike is possible for May

IRS pledges to overcome challenges from overburdened tax season

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig told lawmakersthe IRS has been working hard this past filing season during acongressional hearing Thursday as he heard first-hand testimony fromtheir constituents about the problems they encountered. “IRS employees want to do more to help taxpayers,” he said in hisopening statement. “We want to be able to answer the… Read More »IRS pledges to overcome challenges from overburdened tax season

SPACs are sputtering in 2022, leaving retail investors holding the bag for a Wall Street innovation that just hasn’t panned out

Companies that used a buzzy strategy for going public throughout thepandemic have had a dismal track record for investors. Out of 199 companies that used a so-called SPAC to go public in 2021,only 11% now trading above their offering price, meaning thatinvestors who have held on to the stocks have been left with hugelosses, according… Read More »SPACs are sputtering in 2022, leaving retail investors holding the bag for a Wall Street innovation that just hasn’t panned out

Big companies manage to pass on soaring costs to cash-strapped consumers

Makers of chocolate bars and coffee to lawnmowers and industrialrobots succeeded in passing on soaring costs to consumers,first-quarter earnings showed on Thursday, allaying fears higherprices could dent demand for their products. Some of Europe’s biggest companies reported first-quarter salesincreases, with KitKat maker Nestle (NESN.S), Evian water owner Danone(DANO.PA), and Dulux paint maker Akzo Nobel (AKZO.AS)… Read More »Big companies manage to pass on soaring costs to cash-strapped consumers

JPMorgan Expects S&P 500 Earnings to Blow Past Gloomy Estimates

JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategists expect Corporate America to easilytrounce Wall Street’s earnings forecasts. Consensus earnings estimates for the S&P 500 are “overly pessimistic”for the first quarter and companies in the index are poised to delivera surprise of 4% to 5% on “better-than-feared margins,” according to ateam of JPMorgan strategists led by Dubravko Lakos-Brujas and… Read More »JPMorgan Expects S&P 500 Earnings to Blow Past Gloomy Estimates

3 Strategies to Help You Plan a Successful Semi-Retirement

If you’re ready to retire but don’t want to leave the workforceentirely, semi-retirement might be a good option for you. Before youtake the leap, there are strategies that can help you navigate thislifestyle. For decades, the goal has been to work hard, earn money and thenretire! However, in recent years, the traditional retirement modelseems to… Read More »3 Strategies to Help You Plan a Successful Semi-Retirement

Dollar’s Upward March Reaches a Nearly Two-Year High

The dollar is reaching fresh nearly two year highs lifted by loominginterest rate increases from the Federal Reserve, strong US growth,and geopolitical jitters overseas. The Wall Street Journal Dollar Index, which measures the US currencyagainst a group of 16 others has climbed in 13 of 15 sessions to itshighest level since May. 2020. The dollar… Read More »Dollar’s Upward March Reaches a Nearly Two-Year High

Rising Rates Threaten Companies Acquired in the LBO Boom

Low-rated US companies borrowed record amounts in the loan market lastyear taking advantage of low-interest rates and generous credit. Now,all that debt is starting to get more expensive. So-called leveraged loans typically have borrowing costs that floatand the Federal Reserve suddenly faster pace of interest rate hikes isset to drive them up. Investors are paid… Read More »Rising Rates Threaten Companies Acquired in the LBO Boom

What are expense ratios? These fees could be eating away at your investment earnings

When it comes to investing, you’ve likely heard the arguments forputting your hard-earned money into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) ormutual funds to diversify your portfolio or to allocate more of yourportfolio toward conservative investments like bonds as you age.Before you begin the investing process and siphon away thousands ofdollars for retirement or other future financial goals,… Read More »What are expense ratios? These fees could be eating away at your investment earnings

Is Your Compensation Reasonable? For Tax Purposes, That Is

There are two universal principles regarding the reasonableness ofemployee compensation: (i) most people feel they are under-compensatedand (ii) those same people feel their friends and neighbors areovercompensated. There are many reasons for this phenomenon, but forour unscientific purposes it’s enough to think of reasonableness likebeauty – it’s in the eyes of the beholder. The tax… Read More »Is Your Compensation Reasonable? For Tax Purposes, That Is

Corporate profits stay strong at double-digit gains, but the sound of investor fears gets louder

A bull market is developing in recession expectations. This week, investors will have the chance to hear if dozens ofcompanies share that fear. Even armchair investors have heard thewarnings from the bond market and its inverted yield. Usually, thelonger the loan, the higher the interest rate. When that changes, as it has ever so slightly… Read More »Corporate profits stay strong at double-digit gains, but the sound of investor fears gets louder

Inflation hits a 40-year high of 8.5 percent because of war in Ukraine, rent hikes

Gas prices jumped 48 percent year over year, the Bureau of LaborStatistics said. U.S. inflation data hit a multidecade high last month as gas pricesand rents skyrocketed, climbing to 8.5 percent, the Bureau of LaborStatistics reported Tuesday. A survey by the financial data group FactSet had predicted that theinflation reading for March would come in… Read More »Inflation hits a 40-year high of 8.5 percent because of war in Ukraine, rent hikes

IRS to Digitize Archived Tax Filings in Tech Pilot Program

The new pilot program will benefit the IRS through more efficientaccess to digitized records and related metadata and improve securityand data privacy. Ripcord, a robotic intelligent digitization company, has advanced tothe second phase of the new Pilot IRS Solution Challenge. Incollaboration with the Enterprise Digitalization and Case ManagementOffice (EDCMO), the Pilot IRS Solution Challenge is… Read More »IRS to Digitize Archived Tax Filings in Tech Pilot Program

Don’t play the ‘audit lottery.’ These are the top reasons your taxreturn may be flagged by the IRS

KEY POINTS Excessive write-offs compared with income, unreported earnings andrefundable tax credits are among the most common IRS red flags.However, you may avoid trouble by keeping detailed receipts and othertax paperwork readily available, experts say. If you’re among the millions of Americans scrambling to meet the taxdeadline, it’s critical to avoid errors that may flag… Read More »Don’t play the ‘audit lottery.’ These are the top reasons your taxreturn may be flagged by the IRS

U.S. Labor Market Is Tightest of Postwar Era, Goldman Gauge Shows

The U.S. jobs market has never been tighter than it is today,increasing the risks to the economy as Federal Reserve policymakersmove to rein in inflation, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The Wall Street bank’s economists have compiled a gauge of U.S. laborthat they say better tracks wage gains — which are key toinflationary pressures… Read More »U.S. Labor Market Is Tightest of Postwar Era, Goldman Gauge Shows

Oil jumps over 3% as deaths near Kyiv prompt talk of new sanctions

Oil prices jumped over 3% on Monday, with investors worried abouttighter supply as mounting civilian deaths in Ukraine increasedpressure on European countries to impose sanctions on Russia’s energysector. Global benchmark Brent crude jumped$3.14, or 3%, to settle at $107.53a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose $4.01, or 4%, tosettle at $103.28 a barrel. Trading… Read More »Oil jumps over 3% as deaths near Kyiv prompt talk of new sanctions

National taxpayer advocate directs IRS to implement scanning technology

National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Erin Collins formally directed theIRS to take immediate steps toward implementing existing scanningtechnology to process tax returns filed on paper. Collins issued the directive, which is dated March 29, under herauthority pursuant to a delegation order in the Internal RevenueManual to mandate administrative or procedural changes by the IRS toimprove its… Read More »National taxpayer advocate directs IRS to implement scanning technology

Individual taxpayers must answer crypto-asset questions, IRS notes

The question, which on Form 1040 is just below the address block,asks, “At any time during 2021, did you receive, sell, exchange, orotherwise dispose of any financial interest in any virtual currency?”Taxpayers must check either the “yes” or “no” box that follows,regardless of whether they engaged in any transaction involvingvirtual currency during the tax year,… Read More »Individual taxpayers must answer crypto-asset questions, IRS notes

FTC sues TurboTax owner Intuit for advertising tax software as ‘free’

KEY POINTS The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued TurboTax owner Intuit infederal court and filed a parallel administrative complaint. Bothrelate to alleged deceptive marketing practices related to TurboTax.Intuit offers a free version of TurboTax. The FTC claims it’s a “baitand switch” because most users are charged when they file their taxreturns.The company says the… Read More »FTC sues TurboTax owner Intuit for advertising tax software as ‘free’

Inflation, geopolitical risks, and regulation top CFO worries, survey says

Deloitte’s latest quarterly survey of Fortune 500 chief financialofficers found the executives have a gloomier outlook on the economythan last quarter, with respondents citing inflation, geopoliticalrisks, and the regulatory environment as their top external concerns. In the first quarter survey of 97 CFOs, only 36% told Deloitte theysee economic conditions improving in the North American… Read More »Inflation, geopolitical risks, and regulation top CFO worries, survey says

U.S. IPO Hopefuls Are Hunting for Signs of Elusive Market Window

First-quarter listings plunged to the lowest level since 2016Several big companies on file are yet to move ahead with plans Some of the big-name startups expected to go public early this yearhave slowed their rush to market as stocks continue to whipsaw. Companies including Reddit Inc. and Cohesity Inc. each discussedlisting shares as soon as… Read More »U.S. IPO Hopefuls Are Hunting for Signs of Elusive Market Window

Bank analysts, investors are antsy for spending outlook as inflation risks grow

Analysts and investors of major Wall Street banks are eagerlyanticipating any insight from executives on the outlook for consumerspending and borrowing, a key source of revenue when first-quarterearnings are unveiled next month. U.S. consumer spending has been rising for months as the countryemerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and Americans make up for lost timetraveling, shopping,… Read More »Bank analysts, investors are antsy for spending outlook as inflation risks grow

Biden releases budget plan with tax hikes, stock buyback restrictions

President Joe Biden unveiled a budget plan Monday that includes aminimum tax for ultra-wealthy households, raises the corporate taxrate, and backs restrictions on stock buybacks. The president’s fiscal year 2023 budget would create a 20% minimum taxfor households worth more than $100 million. The minimum tax wouldapply “only to the wealthiest 0.01% of households …… Read More »Biden releases budget plan with tax hikes, stock buyback restrictions

Biden proposes a higher corporate tax rate, 20% billionaire minimum tax

President Joe Biden’s administration released its $6 trillion budgetMonday for the federal government’s 2023 fiscal year, which beginsOctober 2022. Also on Monday, Treasury released its general explanations of thebudget’s revenue proposals, known as the Greenbook. Revenue provisions in the proposed budget prominently include what anadministration fact sheet calls a new billionaire minimum income taxof 20%… Read More »Biden proposes a higher corporate tax rate, 20% billionaire minimum tax

Half of the Remote Professionals Say They Would Quit if Required to Go Back to Office

Return-to-office plans may lead to more resignations, separate research shows. In a survey of more than 1,000 professionals, half of the respondents currently working from home (50%) would look for a new job that offers remote options if … Professional firms considering returning to pre-pandemic office protocols had better learn to be flexible, or they… Read More »Half of the Remote Professionals Say They Would Quit if Required to Go Back to Office

Tax Court Weighs in on Reasonable Compensation

The Tax Court recently found that there’s indeed a limit on the tax-deductibility of wages paid to employees by the employer.  What constitutes “reasonable” compensation for this purpose? It depends on the particular circumstances. Traditionally, the courts have relied on several key factors to make a determination if compensation is reasonable or not. Background: It makes… Read More »Tax Court Weighs in on Reasonable Compensation

Individual taxpayers must answer the crypto-asset questions, IRS notes

The question, which on Form 1040 is just below the address block, asks, “At any time during 2021, did you receive, sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any financial interest in any virtual currency?” Taxpayers must check either the “yes” or “no” box that follows, regardless of whether they engaged in any transaction involving virtual… Read More »Individual taxpayers must answer the crypto-asset questions, IRS notes

Congress presses IRS on ERTC processing and tax penalty relief

Lawmakers are asking the Internal Revenue Service to expedite the processing of Employee Retention Tax Credits and not to penalize small businesses for incorrectly paying their estimated quarterly taxes as they await their claims. During a hearing, Thursday before the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, Rep. Carol Miller, D-West Virginia, asked IRS Commissioner Charles… Read More »Congress presses IRS on ERTC processing and tax penalty relief

How Tax Pros Can Protect Clients Against Scams During Tax Season

For almost the past decade, there has been an annual spike in illicit voice, and now text, communications during tax season in the United States. Truecaller’s Clayton LiaBraaten shares tips on how tax professionals can educate clients and protect them from scams. As we go through another tax season, it’s important for tax pros to… Read More »How Tax Pros Can Protect Clients Against Scams During Tax Season

Inflation is causing some older Americans to delay retirement plans, survey shows

KEY POINTS Some 13% of Gen Xers and baby boomers say they have postponed or considered delaying retirement due to inflation, according to a Nationwide survey. However, these shifts may reflect a lack of understanding and confidence in their financial plan, experts say. As inflation rises, many Americans are shifting life milestones, including retirement. Some… Read More »Inflation is causing some older Americans to delay retirement plans, survey shows

Commissioner to Congress: IRS will clear the backlog by year’s end

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told House members in a hearing Thursday that the Service will process its backlog of unprocessed work — some of it dating back to 2020 — by the end of 2022. Rettig appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight to report on the current filing season. Members’ statements and… Read More »Commissioner to Congress: IRS will clear the backlog by year’s end

Some Russia creditors have received dollar bond payment -sources

Summary Russia was due to pay $117 mln by Wednesday’s deadline Creditors see this week’s deadline as a test for Moscow Russia says it has cash, any default ‘artificial’ Some creditors have received payment, in dollars, of Russian bond coupons which fell due this week, two market sources said on Thursday, meaning that Russia, for… Read More »Some Russia creditors have received dollar bond payment -sources

Auto depreciation limits leap with inflation

The IRS issued sharply higher new depreciation limitations Wednesday for passenger automobiles, reflecting inflation of vehicle prices in the past year. These limits are updated annually for inflation according to the automobile component of the chained consumer price index for urban consumers. Rev. Proc. 2022-17 contains the Sec. 280F(a) inflation-adjusted dollar limitations on depreciation deductions for… Read More »Auto depreciation limits leap with inflation

Tax expert: Traditional and Roth retirement accounts are ‘economically identical,’ so how do you choose?

KEY POINTS “Under reasonable circumstances,” savers can earn the same amount investing in either traditional or Roth retirement savings accounts, says Steve Rosenthal of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Owning both types of accounts can give you flexibility when it comes to paying taxes in retirement. Should a piece of tax legislation known as the Secure… Read More »Tax expert: Traditional and Roth retirement accounts are ‘economically identical,’ so how do you choose?

IRS to Hire 5,000 New Staff in Austin, Ogden and Kansas City

Available positions include temporary, term, and permanent jobs. Many are entry-level clerk and tax examiner positions in the Wage and Investment Division. No prior tax experience is required. The Internal Revenue Service says it is hiring more than 5,000 positions in its service processing centers located in Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Ogden, Utah.… Read More »IRS to Hire 5,000 New Staff in Austin, Ogden and Kansas City

IRS Nixes 10-Year Stretch For Most Inherited IRAs

A lot of inherited IRA owners are in for a surprise. In a switcheroo, the Treasury Department has reinstated annual required minimum distributions for most folks who’ve recently inherited Individual Retirement Accounts, according to proposed regulations released late last month that interpret the 2019 retirement law known as the SECURE Act. IRA experts are still poring through… Read More »IRS Nixes 10-Year Stretch For Most Inherited IRAs

Inflation rose 7.9% in February, as food and energy costs push prices to the highest in more than 40 years

KEY POINTS The consumer price index for February rose 7.9% from a year ago, the highest level since January 1982. Excluding food and energy, both of which moved sharply higher during the month, core inflation still rose 6.4%, in line with expectations but the highest since August 1982. Gas, groceries, and shelter were the biggest… Read More »Inflation rose 7.9% in February, as food and energy costs push prices to the highest in more than 40 years

Tightening financial conditions sound alarm for world economy

Russian financial conditions at tightest since 2008 Global financial conditions at tightest since the pandemic height Conditions could tighten further if inflation rises further Global financial conditions, perceived as strongly correlated with future growth, are at the tightest in two years, driven by soaring energy prices, sliding stocks, and the market fallout from the Ukraine-Russia… Read More »Tightening financial conditions sound alarm for world economy

IRS to fast-track 10,000 hirings to address the backlog

The IRS intends to use an expedited hiring process to hire about 10,000 workers for processing tax returns and managing taxpayers’ accounts, according to a union that represents employees in the Service and other federal agencies. National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) National President Tony Reardon said in a statement that the NTEU was notified that… Read More »IRS to fast-track 10,000 hirings to address the backlog

How to Calculate Your Retirement Wealth Gap

Another version of your “retirement number,” a simple wealth gap calculation could be eye-opening for retirement savers – especially business owners. Whether they admit it or not, many business owners wrestle with anxiety surrounding their financial futures. Maybe you’ve dealt with this yourself. But you don’t have to be fearful about your retirement savings if… Read More »How to Calculate Your Retirement Wealth Gap

U.S. crude oil spikes to a 13-year high of $130 overnight, then give up most of that gain

Oil prices gave up most of their big overnight gains in a wild session, briefly dipping into negative territory after surging above $130 earlier in the session. On Sunday evening, prices jumped as trading began with the market reacting to supply disruptions stemming from Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the possibility of a ban… Read More »U.S. crude oil spikes to a 13-year high of $130 overnight, then give up most of that gain

What to do if you want to eliminate Russian securities from your investment portfolio

The departure of corporations from investments in Russia has been swift following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, and individual investors may be examining their portfolios with similar divestment goals. It’s unlikely that most investors have substantial holdings in Russia-based bonds or stocks unless they own shares in a fund that has “Russia” in the name,… Read More »What to do if you want to eliminate Russian securities from your investment portfolio

U.S. Economy Grew Modestly Amid Omicron Surge, Fed Beige Book Says

The U.S. economy grew at a modest to moderate pace from mid-January through early February as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 disrupted businesses and held back consumer spending, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. The Feds periodic compilation of business anecdotes from around the country known as the Beige Book provided the latest evidence that the… Read More »U.S. Economy Grew Modestly Amid Omicron Surge, Fed Beige Book Says

Powell Backs Quarter-Point March Rate Hike, Open to Bigger Moves

Effects on the U.S. from Ukraine war ‘highly uncertain,’ he says Fed must be ‘nimble’ in data response, evolving outlook Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell backed a quarter-point interest-rate hike this month to commence a series of increases and didn’t rule out a larger move at some stage, despite uncertainty caused by Russia’s invasion of… Read More »Powell Backs Quarter-Point March Rate Hike, Open to Bigger Moves

Colorado will start accepting cryptocurrency for tax payments

“We are getting a payment provider to accept crypto equivalent and deposit the dollars into the state’s treasury for that amount. It is kind of like credit card payments, with the bonus that there are no returned payments.” Story at a glance Colorado will begin accepting cryptocurrency for tax payments starting this summer. Gov. Jared Polis (D) said driver’s… Read More »Colorado will start accepting cryptocurrency for tax payments

Positive for now, CPA executives wary of inflation and other headwinds

Economic sentiment among U.S. CPA decision-makers in business and industry remains positive overall, but the finance executives have concerns about inflation — which they knew about when the survey was open — and the uncertainty brought about by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which had not begun until this quarter’s survey was closed. Results of the… Read More »Positive for now, CPA executives wary of inflation and other headwinds

Consumers lost $5.8 billion to fraud last year — up 70% over 2020

KEY POINTS Consumers reported losing more than $5.8 billion to fraud in 2021, a 70% increase over the prior year, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. Almost 2.8 million people filed a fraud complaint, an annual record. Imposter scams were most prevalent, but investment scams cost the typical victim the most money. American consumers reported… Read More »Consumers lost $5.8 billion to fraud last year — up 70% over 2020

Goldman Team Sees S&P Down 6% if Ukraine Conflict Worsens

“Outright conflict” in Ukraine coupled with “punitive sanctions” could push U.S. stocks another 6% lower from Friday’s close, with worse losses seen in Europe and Japan, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. With geopolitical upheaval notoriously hard to trade, Goldman strategists are basing their calculations on the recent sensitivity of global assets to the ruble,… Read More »Goldman Team Sees S&P Down 6% if Ukraine Conflict Worsens

SOFR Leads Race to Replace Libor as Interest-Rate Benchmark

US companies and financial institutions are starting to settle on a new interest rate benchmark to replace the troubled London Interbank Offered Rate, which underpins trillions of dollars of financial contracts. Sales of corporate loans and derivatives tied to the secured overnight financing rate or SOFR have soared in 2022 with borrowers including crocs, Incorporated, and… Read More »SOFR Leads Race to Replace Libor as Interest-Rate Benchmark

Despite rising wages, 61% of Americans are still living paycheck to paycheck, report finds

KEY POINTS Wages are rising but it’s not enough to keep up with the increased cost of living. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are still living paycheck to paycheck, according to one recent report. The economy is recovering but workers are still having a hard time making ends meet. While real wages are on the rise,… Read More »Despite rising wages, 61% of Americans are still living paycheck to paycheck, report finds

Pricing pressures continue as labor, supplies remain scarce

Prices appear likely to continue rising in a pandemic-altered environment that continues to see high inflation in many countries, according to Tim Mahedy, a senior economist and senior director at KPMG. The pandemic has led to extremely high inflation in some countries. The 7.5% year-over-year increase in the consumer price index reported for January in… Read More »Pricing pressures continue as labor, supplies remain scarce

Fed officials floated faster rate hikes in January meeting

Federal Reserve officials said last month the bank may need to raise interest rates and reduce its bond holdings faster than they currently anticipate if inflation continues to rise above their target, according to minutes of the meeting released on Wednesday. Members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which sets Fed monetary policy, discussed… Read More »Fed officials floated faster rate hikes in January meeting

How to Recover From Burnout as an Entrepreneur

If you’ve been feeling depleted while running your business, you could be dealing with more than just a rough patch. Burnout, which the World Health Organization officially recognized in its 2019 International Classification of Diseases, is a syndrome that results from chronic workplace stress and requires its own unique attention and treatment. Unlike other mental health… Read More »How to Recover From Burnout as an Entrepreneur

Wholesale prices rise 1% in January, up near-record 9.7% over the past year

KEY POINTS The producer price index, which measures wholesale prices, rose 1% in January and 9.7% for the 12-month period, the latter just off the record high. Core PPI rose 0.9%. Both increases were at least double the Wall Street estimates. Manufacturing in the New York region increased modestly in February but was below expectations.… Read More »Wholesale prices rise 1% in January, up near-record 9.7% over the past year

IRS backlog hits nearly 24 million returns, further imperiling the 2022 tax filing season

Nearly 24 million taxpayers are still waiting for the Internal Revenue Service to process their tax returns from last year — a number far larger than previously reported by the agency — with many refunds being held up for 10 months or more. The inventory of unprocessed returns and related correspondence was provided by the… Read More »IRS backlog hits nearly 24 million returns, further imperiling the 2022 tax filing season

SPACs With $160 Billion Scrounge for Targets as Clock Ticks Down

Billions of dollars earmarked for takeovers by blank-check companies have piled up unused as the hot-then-not mania fades for speculative stocks. Almost 600 special-purpose acquisition companies holding nearly $160 billion in the trust are searching for something to buy, data compiled by Boardroom Alpha show. That marks a more than seven-fold jump for SPACs from… Read More »SPACs With $160 Billion Scrounge for Targets as Clock Ticks Down