More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices. Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
- Conducting Due Diligence of Sub-Advisors and Third-Party Advisors Engaging in due-diligence of sub-advisors isnt just a recommended best practice it is part of the fiduciary obligation to a client. An RIA should be extremely reluctant to enter a relationship with a sub-advisor who claims the firms strategy is proprietary.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed by a vote of 216-193 H.R.
3996, the Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007, which would ensure that no
additional taxpayers pay the AMT this year. The bill would also extend
popular tax credits and deductions such as the deduction for state and local
sales tax, tuition, out-of-pocket expenses for teachers and research and
development that would otherwise expire at the end of the year.
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson told Congress in a recent letter that it must enact an AMT patch by early November so that 25 million taxpayers won't get hit with the AMT on their 2007 taxes. Paulson also wrote that "if a patch is not enacted until mid-December, an additional 25 million taxpayers--50 million total--could see delays in up to $75 billion dollars in refunds."