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Congress returns as the election looms

Congress returns as the election looms

Andrew H. Friedman, Jeffrey B. Bush | September 2018

Congress has returned from its summer recess with a number of items on its plate. First up is the usual fall wrangle, funding the government to avoid a shutdown. But other items are new and could have far-reaching effects for investors, including a bipartisan threat to “stretch IRAs.” We review below these items and others likely to claim Congress’s attention this fall.

The 2018 midterm elections: Context and cross currents

The 2018 midterm elections: Context and cross currents

Andrew H. Friedman, Jeffrey B. Bush | July 2018

The different and constantly changing polls make it difficult at this point to reach a definitive conclusion regarding the midterm election results. However, we can consult certain metrics to determine which party heads into the election with tailwinds, and which party is likely to have to overcome headwinds to win.

Managing deductions and expenses under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017

Managing deductions and expenses under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017

Andrew H. Friedman, Jeffrey B. Bush | March 2018

The new deduction rules of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) offer a significant, as yet uncharted, opportunity for tax and financial planning. Some of these planning opportunities stand formerly conventional wisdom on its head by making it unwise for taxpayers to incur expenses that qualify as itemized deductions — even under the more restrictive rules of the Act.

Tax reform accomplished: How does the legislation affect investors and businesses?

Tax reform accomplished: How does the legislation affect investors and businesses?

Andrew H. Friedman, Jeffrey B. Bush | January 2018

As 2017 drew to a close, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), tax reform legislation that made sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code. When Congress last reformed the tax code in 1986, the legislative process took over two years. This time Congress accomplished the same feat in two months.

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