Level the Playing Field

“Some hedge fund managers and private equity managers are taking home more than $100 million a year in what is called ‘carried interest’ income…being taxed at the long-term capital gains rate of 15%. They are not paying the higher rate for ordinary income. Now, professional athletes, Silicon Valley executives and lawyers on contingency fees will also often take home a great deal of income. God bless them!…They tend to pay taxes at the ordinary income rate.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus,
D-Mont., during the committee’s hearing
on carried interest, July 11

Source: www.senate.gov/~finance .


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


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