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- Scope of the Fiduciary Duty Owed by Investment Advisors A fiduciary obligation goes beyond the suitability standard typically owed by registered representatives of broker-dealer firms to clients. The relationship is built on the premise that the advisor will always do the right thing for the person or entity receiving advice.
- Anti-Fraud Provisions of the Investment Advisers Act RIAs and IARs should view themselves as fiduciaries at all times, whether they meet the legal definition or not. Deviating from the fiduciary standard of full disclosure while courting clients may cause the advisor significant problems.
Congress's original intention when it created the Alternative Minimum Tax, was to make sure that the wealthiest Americans weren't able to combine so many exemptions or deductions that they ended up paying little or no income taxes. In a study released today, the Tax Foundation lays out a revenue-neutral plan to restore the AMT to its original role.
The plan cuts tax rates for low- and middle-income groups, who were never the intended targets of the law, making the overall distribution of the tax burden more "progressive," i.e., shifting the tax burden up the income scale. The majority of individuals in every income group less than $500,000 would get a tax cut.
The report, Tax Foundation Special Report, No. 157, by economist
Gerald Prante calls for four tax-cutting provisions and four expansions of taxable income that offset each other, keeping revenue the same. This proposed solution would be in line with new rules in the House of Representatives requiring that any tax changes produce no change in revenue.
The full study is available here.