As many were departing for a long Memorial weekend, the Biden Administration released the long-awaited Green Book. Many of us in the life insurance side of the financial services industry have been talking and writing about Biden’s campaign promise to tax the wealthy by rolling back Trump’s tax cuts -specifically by reducing the estate and gift exemption and increasing the tax rates. At the same time, some acknowledged that Biden also promised to raise capital gains tax by eliminating the benefit of step-up basis at death, but many commentators acknowledged the difficulty of implementing such a change. Many believed rolling back the estate and gift tax exemptions and rates were more likely than the elimination of step-up in basis. Much to our surprise, the Green Book does not propose any estate and gift tax increase but proposes significant changes to capital gains taxation. Following is a summary of the capital gains proposal: Read Full PDF
A hallmark of wise planning is to diversify risk across a range of assets and asset types because any one asset or asset class might underperform in a given year. Diversification can help offset underperformance. This risk can be magnified when an individual has a heavy concentration in one stock or asset. While capital gain […]
No one really likes to think about needing long-term health care services, but the reality is that each year, an estimated 10 million Americans need some type of long-term care to assist them in performing everyday tasks like eating or bathing1. Long-term care expenses are a key risk to your clients’ retirement plan. If long-term […]
The recently released House version of the Build Back Better Act dated October 28,2021 eliminates several of the previously proposed tax increases impacting high net income individuals. The tax proposals dropped in the rewrite will inevitably undergo further revisions before they’re passed by the House and taken up by the Senate.