More than six in ten high net worth investors are concerned that forthcoming tax code changes will negatively impact their investment portfolios, according to a new survey.
Nationwide Financial, Columbus, Ohio, published this finding in a summary of results from a poll of 751 high net worth investors with $250,000 or more in annual household income or investable assets. Nationwide commissioned Harris Interactive, New York, to conduct the poll.
The survey reveals that 63 percent worry about the affect of pending tax code changes now that President Obama has been reelected president. And three in five (64 percent) don’t believe that adjustments to offset pending tax increases are possible.
The poll further reveals that 60 percent of survey respondents say they either won’t or are unsure if they will meet with a financial advisor to discuss how tax code changes may affect their portfolio. More than half (56 percent) of the respondents believe their individual federal taxes will increase.
Additionally, nearly half (48 percent) expect tax rates to increase, particularly for the wealthy. And almost one-third (30 percent) believe tax rates will increase across the board. Nearly seven in ten of the poll respondents think Bush-era tax cuts will be eliminated (35 percent) or reduced (33 percent) for the wealthiest Americans.