Social Security tips to help your clients | Labor secretary reportedly attempting to halt fiduciary rule | Trump willing to talk about raising the gas tax
May 15, 2017
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Social Security tips to help your clients
Here are some pointers to help you maximize your clients' Social Security benefits, including advice for working with self-employed clients, clients claiming spousal benefits and clients who are second-guessing their decision to claim early. PFP/PFS section members can listen to this podcast by Ted Sarenski, CPA/PFS, for the latest Social Security news and tips.
Financial Planning online (5/10) 
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Are Your Senior Clients at Risk?
America's aging population means it's critical for CPAs and financial professional to be proactive in dealing with the special needs of senior clients. We've compiled this free resource to help professionals develop tools within their CPA and financial firms to identify when clients may be at risk and how to ethically serve those aging clients. Free report->
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Labor secretary reportedly attempting to halt fiduciary rule
Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta reportedly is looking for a way to stop the fiduciary rule, which has a scheduled compliance date of June 9. Acosta discussed the issue in a recent meeting with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., according to the National Association of Plan Advisors.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (5/11),  InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (5/11) 
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Trump willing to talk about raising the gas tax
President Donald Trump has indicated he would consider funding infrastructure improvements by raising the gas tax. Inflation and increased fuel economy have decreased revenue from the federal per-gallon taxes on gasoline since they were last raised in 1993. Stay updated on the latest tax reform news on this AICPA site.
Bloomberg (5/1) 
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Is your client information safe?
Beware of these 12 security threats and scams affecting tax preparers during tax season. Learn how to combat widespread phishing schemes, guard against phone scams by ferreting out scammers, and secure and protect personal and financial data. Free report >
Estate & Elder Planning
Less than half of wealth holders share full info on inheritance
Only 48% of wealth holders give their heirs full details about their future inheritance, a recent study found. Two-thirds of respondents fear sharing complete inheritance information with their heirs, often because they worry heirs might lose their motivation to work. Advisers can help high-net-worth clients share the right amount of information with heirs at the right time.
WealthManagement (5/10) 
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Retirement, Investment & Insurance Planning
Don't let clients' retirement fall into this trap
Self-directed IRAs and 401(k)s are increasingly popular. However, as Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, writes, clients who use them may be more likely to make prohibited transactions -- and suffer heavy penalties and tax consequences. For more information on retirement plans, PFP/PFS section members can download this guide to retirement planning.
AICPA Insights (5/10) 
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Help clients avoid these Social Security pitfalls
This article outlines three of the biggest Social Security mistakes clients are likely to make, including expecting to get higher monthly payments than they actually will and overlooking the impact of Medicare.
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Why women need more money in retirement
Due to factors like the wage gap and their greater longevity, women may require a different planning approach. Saving aggressively and becoming more comfortable with investment risk can help women prepare for retirement, said Lisa Featherngill, CPA/PFS. PFP/PFS section members can access Broadridge Advisor's Women's Resource Center, which is filled with client-ready material on financial planning topics for women.
CPA Insider (5/8) 
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Tax Topix
Sale of a residence in a QPRT
A qualified personal residence trust permits the owner of a personal residence to make a gift of remainder interests in the residence, usually to children, while retaining an interest in the residence for a term of years. This article explains the tax treatment in the event that the residence is sold during the trust's term. Broadridge Advisor has client-friendly communication materials to help you talk more with clients about this subject (available to PFP/PFS section members).
The Tax Adviser (5/2017) 
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Help clients protect their retirement income from taxes
Taxes can have a significant effect on a client's retirement income, but advisers are sometimes reluctant to discuss the issue. Understanding the interaction among Social Security benefits, individual retirement accounts and capital gains can help advisers create better tax outcomes for their clients.
InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (5/11) 
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Timely Planning Topics
How one next-gen CPA dreams big
After moving to the US from Ghana as a child, Jeff Badu became interested in accounting. In this interview, Badu, now 24, discusses his passion for the profession, his work history and why he launched his own firm.
AICPA Insights (5/4) 
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Are clients hiding critical information from you?
Clients may be reluctant to share information, either because they are embarrassed or because they do not want to admit certain things in front of their spouses, said Mark Astrinos, CPA/PFS. However, clients may miss out on valuable planning opportunities if they attempt to hide information about their health history, tax details or debt.
USA Today (5/9) 
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When your client is ready to sell a business
Clients preparing to sell a business should consider such factors as the terms of the deal, who an ideal buyer would be and whether they would be willing to work for the buyer.
Financial Planning online (4/26) 
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You and Your Practice
New Resources on the American Health Care Act
In this podcast, Ted Sarenski, CPA/PFS, discusses how the American Health Care Act, passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, will impact individual and business-owner clients. Access this new Broadridge Advisor client alert as a way to start conversations with clients on this topic. In this audio clip (courtesy of LISI), Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, reports on the income tax provisions included in the bill.
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Bob Veres' Inside Information: "The Bear Down the Road"
In the newest article in Inside Information* from Bob Veres, "The Bear Down the Road," two speakers from the recent IMCA conference use very different metrics to explain why we are about to experience a bear market. *Access to Inside Information is a benefit of PFP/PFS membership, which is an individual membership. If your colleagues would like access to this newsletter service, they can either purchase directly from Bob Veres or sign up for PFP membership.
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