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