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Reducing Year-End Taxes on Your Investments

Nobody wants additional taxes for the holidays, so throughout the year, we look for ways to minimize them.  With year-end approaching, it’s a good time to review a few strategies that can potentially reduce your tax bill. Tax-Loss Harvesting The goal of tax loss harvesting is to stay in the market while capturing the current […]

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What the Heck Is a PFIC – Tax Pitfalls of International Investments

If you are an international investor or have spent time living or working outside the US, this topic is essential to understand. While it is easy to avoid, the consequences of owning a PFIC can be so substantial that your returns are eaten away, and you are left with a nasty tax situation. Background: US […]

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I Work in Finance, Are My Taxes Going Up?

In my conversations with financial professionals (private equity professionals, investment bankers, asset managers), I commonly ask the question, “what are you most concerned about as it pertains to your personal wealth management?” The answer, almost unanimously, revolves around taxes. This is a major area of concern, and the past year has left many people scratching […]

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Tax Increases and Stock Options. What Does This Mean for You?

With possible tax increases coming soon, what does that mean for your stock options? A new bill could be passed at the 11th hour, and with year-end approaching, now is the time to analyze how this may impact you. Stock Options – A Brief Overview Stock options give employees the right to buy company stock […]

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Don’t Forget About These 5 Tax Planning Strategies Before Year-End

With all the talk around the recent tax proposals, many have lost sight of common tax planning strategies that should not be forgotten this year.  Implementing one or more of the following strategies could help save on taxes: 1. Roth conversion to fill up 24% tax bracket The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered […]

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Leaving Your Job? 4 Executive Compensation Considerations

Thinking about leaving your job? You’re not alone. 2021 is turning into the “Big Resignation,” with millions either quitting or thinking about leaving for greener pastures. If you are a professional falling into this camp, what does that mean for your Executive Compensation? Here are key considerations if you’re thinking about making a leap. 1. […]

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How Do I Gift My Carried Interest?

After meeting with your personal CFO and financial team, you have determined, as a private equity professional, that gifting carried interest fits within the scope of your long-term financial goals. You have reviewed future cash flows, potential income and estate tax savings, and the amount of estimated growth you are shifting to future generations. The […]

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Simplifying Restricted Stock – What You Need to Know

Many companies offer restricted stock awards (RSA’s) in their executive compensation packages to drive performance and attract and retain top talent. The challenge often lies with understanding the value and opportunities of these packages. Today we’ll discuss a very important but not-so-well understood topic, the 83(b) Election. RSAs vs. RSUs First, it’s important to note […]

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Counselor Cobbler, Do Your Children Have Shoes?

There is an old (very old, I think) saying that goes something like this… “the cobbler’s children have no shoes.”  The idea, of course, is that the cobbler is so busy making shoes for other people that he doesn’t take time to make sure his children have shoes.  In my experience, lawyers can quite often […]

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How the New Stimulus Package Benefits Divorced Families

As you have likely heard by now, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act is now enacted. The package expands relief provisions first introduced in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and creates new measures to provide relief to the American people. In this piece, we will specifically focus on how this […]

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Do You Need Life Insurance for Life?

Not everyone needs life insurance. Some of those that do can be handled with simple solutions. Others may be best served by more complex planning. Determining Your Need for Life Insurance Insurance of any kind is simply a transfer of risk. Premiums are payments to shift the financial risk from you to the carrier. Life […]

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Gifting of Carried Interest – A Strategy To Save Estate Taxes

One of the common pain points for financial professionals (private equity professionals, investment bankers, and asset managers) that we hear is “I pay too much in taxes.” Most professionals typically are talking about income taxes; however, estate taxes often get overlooked. If you are a private equity professional, one of the great tactics unique to […]

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