Bill Gates Says Taxing Capital Gains Is the Best Way to Tap ‘Big Fortunes’

Bill Gates Says Taxing Capital Gains Is the Best Way to Tap ‘Big Fortunes’

Bill Gates is concerned about the high budget deficits being run by the U.S., and said if taxes are ultimately increased to make up the shortfall, then it’s appropriate for wealthy people to pay much higher taxes.

Retired or retiring soon? It’s time to fund a Roth IRA

Retired or retiring soon? It’s time to fund a Roth IRA

The taxes are due in the year you convert at your regular income-tax rate. If you move a large sum all at once that can bump you into a higher tax bracket. Converting in smaller amounts for several years is a wise move, but even then your income will be higher every year. Because taxes are progressive, you end up paying your highest personal tax rate on those converted IRA dollars.

Why new tax rules make Roth accounts better than ever

Why new tax rules make Roth accounts better than ever

Many people retire in their late 50s or early 60s, years before RMDs begin, which creates a window of time where tax planning opportunities abound. […] Actively engaging in tax planning can boost your after-tax income in retirement by a meaningful amount.

With lower rates now, you can engage in tax arbitrage.

Using An Intentionally Defective Irrevocable Trust (IDIT) To Gift Your Family Business

Using An Intentionally Defective Irrevocable Trust (IDIT) To Gift Your Family Business

If you are considering making a sizable gift to a family member such as a partial interest in the family business, how you structure the transaction can have a meaningful impact on the success of the transfer, minimizing taxes, and the control you have even after making the gift.

Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax

William Nordhaus has been writing for four decades about climate change and the value of using prices to reduce carbon emissions. His research shows that raising prices through, say, a carbon tax, is a far more effective and efficient way to lower carbon emissions than direct government controls on the quantity of emissions through, say, regulatory limits on cars and power plants.

Trade Deals & Latin America

Trade Deals & Latin America

Chile, Mexico and Peru in March became members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement reduces tariffs between 11 countries, including Japan and Canada, which amount to 13% of the global economy.

The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The IRS classifies all cryptocurrencies as property. Buying Bitcoin is not a taxable event. But using Bitcoin to buy something else is considered a sale of Bitcoin and selling property for more than you purchased it for is a taxable event. If you "sell" some Bitcoin at a profit that you purchased within the last year, you will have to report short term capital gains on your tax return and pay ordinary income tax rates.