Perspectives Blog

New taxes require strategies to maximize after-tax return

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | March 18, 2014

Higher earners with taxable investments are most susceptible to triggering the net investment income tax, a surtax of 3.8% that applies to taxable investments. An asset location strategy involves placing a greater percentage of the most tax-sensitive investments in tax-deferred accounts. Retirement plans offer significant opportunities for participants and business owners to reduce taxable income. In 2013, new taxes associated with the Afforda…

The taxman cometh

James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bonds | March 13, 2014

…ntroduction of taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (Obamacare). These new and higher levies are likely to cause real pain to taxpayers as they deal with potentially much larger tax bills, even if their income remained stagnant year-over-year. The two major sources of the increased pain emanate from the increase in the top federal income tax bracket from 35.0% to 39.6% and from the new Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) of 3….

The role of asset location

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | October 23, 2013

…n strategy that considers the benefits of placing less tax-favored investments under tax-deferred or tax-free registrations in order to increase after-tax returns. This strategy could be particularly effective with respect to income producing investments, once you consider the range of tax treatments. For example, take municipal security interest, which was left unchanged by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and, therefore, generally conti…

The new tax regime and stock compensation

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | October 30, 2013

For many employees in corporate America, a portion of compensation comes from one or more forms of stock option plans. Compensation income from stock incentives contributes to adjusted gross income, but not net investment income for purposes of calculating the new 3.8% tax on net investment income. The Columbia Management Learning Center is dedicating a series of blog articles to this important and timely “Navigating the New Tax Regime” topic….

What’s the outlook for muni bonds?

James Dearborn, Head of Municipal Bonds | June 19, 2014

…early 25% below 2013 supply), as austerity continues to ripple through state and local governments borrowing plans. Demand has strengthened considerably in recent months and we see no signs that investor appetite for tax-free income will abate. New taxes and higher tax rates implemented last year have ignited a fierce interest in municipal bonds, as investors’ antipathy to taxes remains palpable. This demand is fueling flows into mutual funds and…

Trust accounts and the net investment income tax

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | October 9, 2013

The 3.8% net investment income tax applies to certain trusts and estates. Given the lower income thresholds for reaching higher tax brackets in a trust, it is possible that income or capital gains retained by the trust will be taxed at higher rates than if the income or gains were distributed to beneficiaries. The Columbia Management Learning Center is dedicating a series of blog articles to this important and timely “Navigating the New Tax Reg…

Compelling opportunity in municipal bonds

Catherine Stienstra, Senior Portfolio Manager | November 7, 2013

Municipal bond market movements have provided an attractive opportunity to lock in attractive yields. Although credit problems in Detroit and Puerto Rico made headlines, these issues are not representative of the broad municipal market — the number of municipal defaults is at its lowest level since at least 2009. With rising tax rates, the advantages of tax-exempt income can be considerable. Attractive yields vs. corporate and Treasury b…