House Votes to Kill Estate Tax
The "death tax is actually hurting our economy now and putting unnecessary pressure on families and small businesses," said House Ways and Means Chairman Ryan.
CFPB’s Independent Funding Nixed in Senate Budget Plan
GOP senator calls CFPB “a rogue agency,” but consumer groups say independent funding shields it from Wall Street pressure.
The Third Rail of American Politics Is Live
The Congressional Budget Office's economic outlook for the next 10 years, released in late January, found that the federal deficit will balloon to 4% of GDP by 2025 from 2.8% today, thanks in large part to entitlement programs like Social Security.
Tax Code Should be ‘Tossed Out,’ Expert Tells Senators
At a tax reform hearing, suggestions ranged from raising standard deductions to scrapping the whole tax code and starting from scratch.
Obama Budget’s Retirement Savings Cap Targets Wealthy
The retirement savings cap is a relatively small gambit in the budget’s larger effort to raise revenues but is seen as an attack.
Key Congressional Committees Get New Leaders
The start of the new GOP-controlled Congress brings with it new faces to key congressional committees that hold sway over a variety of issues impacting advisors.
CBO Says Entitlements Will Cause Ballooning Deficits
Does that mean reform of Social Security and health care programs is coming? Probably not, says strategist Greg Valliere.
Hatch Ratified as Senate Finance Committee Chairman
Hatch says he will push for a tax overhaul and to advance his SAFE Retirement Act.
Gridlock Likely in New Congress as Fiduciary Regs Hang in Balance
The list of regulations and legislation that the advisory industry will be watching — and lobbying to influence — in the new year is long.
Even Congress Doesn’t Like the Tax Plan It’s Ready to Pass
Lawmakers, about to pass a short-term deal on tax extenders, know what they’re doing is bad policy. And they’re doing it anyway.