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Using a Taxable Account Rather Than an IRA
Bijan Golkar, CFP(R)
Vice President/Senior Advisor
FPC Investment Advisory, Inc.
Imagine grabbing a cookie from the cookie jar and finding a shockingly large tax bill attached. That, in a nutshell, is what's happening to far too many wealthy retirees today. These retirees aren't reaching for cookies, of course -- they're tapping their IRAs to pay for somewhat spontaneous expenses such as new cars or family vacations. In some cases, they're withdrawing retirement funds to pay for emergencies or unanticipated medical expenses. But in turning to their IRAs for funds beyond what they'd planned, these retirees are inadvertently pushing themselves into higher tax brackets and setting up staggering tax bills. Says Golkar: "Funding a taxable brokerage account may seem a bitter pill to swallow given the appeal of tax-deferred accounts. But the numbers don't lie: Using a taxable account rather than your IRA to pay for unanticipated expenses in retirement can create significant tax savings."
Golkar has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, The Fiscal Times, Bankrate, and He is located in San Francisco.
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Media Contact: Steve Garmhausen, [email protected]

U.S. Tax Policy and Corporate Inversion
Michael Faulkender
Associate Professor of Finance
University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
"Burger King is acting in the best interest of its investors. Instead of calling for boycotts or holding symbolic votes on legislation that will not address the fundamental problem, lawmakers should focus their attention on reforming the tax code such that multinational corporations want to be headquartered in the United States. With the highest corporate income tax rate among OECD nations and the double taxation of international operations, the United States with its tax code has made itself increasingly uncompetitive as we vie for companies to locate and to expand operations here. The solution is to bring the tax rate in line with other advanced economies, paid for by reducing credits, deductions, and other loopholes.  We could make our corporate tax environment even more competitive by offering a corporate income tax rate below that of other advanced countries, paying for it by eliminating the lower personal income tax rate on dividends and capital gains. Because individuals are relatively less likely to move abroad than corporate subsidiaries, this rate structure would create fewer distortions. A 20 percent corporate rate would place the U.S. below the median rate among OECD nations, and taxing dividend and capital gain income for individuals at the same rates as normal income would eliminate some of the tax arbitrages created by differential tax rates for the same taxpayer. Since all income eventually is taxed at the corporate rate and again at the individual rate, this proposal is revenue neutral in a static sense. Longer term, it would raise revenue by creating incentives for incremental, long-term domestic investment."
Faulkender, co-author of the working paper Taxes and Leverage at Multinational Companies, is an associate professor of finance and director of the Smith School's Masters Program in Finance.  
Media Contact: Greg Muraski, [email protected]

Russian Sanctions Cut Both Ways
Andrew Melsheimer
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"The successive rounds of sanctions affecting the Russian economy are beginning to show a trickle-down effect. Reports indicate that no Russian companies were extended loans from U.S. or European financial institutions in July, the first such credit drought in recent years. Meanwhile, U.S. companies are recognizing how the latest sanctions may affect their own economic future. The sanctions are making it increasingly harder for companies to do business in Russia, or for foreign companies operating in Russia to use U.S. sourced products and equipment in their operations. U.S. manufacturers and suppliers are at risk of losing an important consumer of products and services, such as the highly specialized equipment needed to develop Russia's emerging energy resources in the Arctic and West Siberia."
Media Contact: Barry Pound, [email protected]



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