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August 13, 2018
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Qualified business income deduction regs. proposed
The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance on the new Sec. 199A deduction for qualified business income in the form of proposed regulations and a separate notice on how to calculate W-2 wages for those purposes. For more guidance on 199A, check out this upcoming webcast (discount applied for PFP/PFS Section members).
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Groups weigh in on SEC's best-interest proposal
The comment period ended recently for the Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed Regulation Best Interest. Supporters said the proposal would surpass the investor protections under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's suitability rule, while critics said the SEC's proposal needed to go further in terms of investor safeguards.
InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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Estate & Elder Planning
Digital assets create new estate planning needs
The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which has been adopted by 40 states, creates a three-tiered system for managing someone's digital assets after death. Advisers should help clients prepare an inventory of their assets and assist them in integrating digital assets into their estate plans. Check out more digital estate planning tips in Chapter 11, Volume 2 of The Adviser's Guide to Financial and Estate Planning (accessible to PFP/PFS Section members).
Nerd's Eye View (8/8) 
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HSAs can help pay for long-term care
Just over half of people turning 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives, and these costs can surpass $100,000 annually in some areas. One way to cover the costs is by using health savings accounts, which can be used to pay for insurance premiums or out-of-pocket health expenses. PFP/PFS Section members: Talk to your clients about long term care using the ready-to-go articles, presentations and planning tools in the Long Term Care Event Center in Broadridge Advisor.
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Retirement, Investment & Insurance Planning
Retirement planning ideas for couples with an age gap
When a large age gap exists between spouses, their retirement planning strategy should focus on making sure the younger partner will have income to last the rest of his or her life. Several strategies may help, including maintaining a more aggressive investment portfolio and carefully timing the retirement of the younger spouse. In addition, couples with large age gaps may be able to use a different table for calculating required minimum distributions, says David Cherill, CPA/PFS.
Financial Planning online (8/6) 
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Tax Topix
IRS issues proposed regs on 100% bonus depreciation
The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations providing guidance on the new tax law's amendments to Sec. 168(k), which increased bonus depreciation for qualifying property from 50% to 100%, generally effective for property acquired and placed in service after Sept. 27, 2017.
Journal of Accountancy online (8/6) 
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Tax and reporting implications of rewards program points
The Internal Revenue Service offered guidance on the treatment of frequent flyer miles and in-kind promotional benefits in a 2002 announcement, and the Tax Court considered the issue in a 2014 decision. Here is a look at guidance in this area and implications to consider.
The Tax Adviser online (8/1) 
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Timely Planning Topics
Share financial tips with your clients' adult children
Advisers can establish stronger ties with their clients by offering financial tips to their adult children who have recently graduated from college. Advisers should explain the importance of creating an emergency fund, setting up a spreadsheet to manage accounts and paying off debt.
Financial Advisor online (8/8) 
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You and Your Practice
Enhance your professional life with these books
Bob Veres recommends four books that can help advisers with tasks such as hiring, marketing and creating an enduring practice. PFP/PFS Section members have a complimentary subscription to Veres' Inside Information. Download the latest issue here.
Advisor Perspectives (8/6) 
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PFP training courses at your fingertips
This summer, brush up on financial planning topics with training designed for CPAs who work with individual clients. Take courses on estate, retirement, investments or insurance, all of which integrate tax with a client-centered approach to advising. Check out this video to learn more, and access the training courses here.
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Calling all PFS holders: Become a mentor today
PFS credential holders are encouraged to get involved in the new AICPA Online Mentoring Program! Take the opportunity to pay it forward and make an impact on someone in the profession. Also, check out this recent podcast on reimagining the mentor/mentee experience.
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