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.
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.
Smaller Tax Extenders Package on Tap as Shutdown Looks Unlikely: Analysts
Plenty of drama will ensue, but a spending bill, even a short-term one, will prevail in the end, Washington pundits predict.
Lawmakers Air Concerns About DOL Fiduciary Redraft
Lawmakers air concerns about the upcoming DOL fiduciary redraft release, lay out plans to ensure next Congress keeps the current retirement planning tax incentives intact
Lobbyists Gear Up to Prod New Congress on User Fees, Retirement, Cybersecurity
The IAA, for one, sees an opportunity to gain Republican support for an SEC user-fees bill.