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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 role of asset location

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

Financial advisors and investors should have a good understanding of what is different about taxation in 2013 and beyond – and how it affects after-tax returns. An asset location strategy should consider the benefits of placing less tax-favored investments under tax-deferred or tax-free registrations in order to increase after-tax returns. The Columbia Management Learning Center

The taxman cometh

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

…t of 2012 and the introduction 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 Inco…

Trust accounts and the net investment income tax

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | November 14, 2014

…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 Regime” topic. The 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) does no…

What is the Net Investment Income Tax, and how is it calculated?

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | November 4, 2014

The Net Investment Income Tax is a permanent tax that became effective in 2013. Investors who break a certain modified adjusted gross income threshold may face a 3.8% surtax. This tax is in addition to any ordinary income or long-term capital gains tax obligations. The Columbia Management Learning Center is dedicating a series of blog articles to this important and timely “Navigating the New Tax Regime” topic. The net investment income tax is…

The new tax regime and stock compensation

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | November 21, 2014

…erica, a portion of compensation comes from one or more forms of stock plans or 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. For many employees i…

Strategies for business owners to reduce net investment income tax

Abram Claude, Vice President, Columbia Management Learning Center | November 12, 2014

…ch as $53,000 for 2015 to his business’s SEP IRA plan. Of course, investors should always consult their personal tax advisors and/or legal counsel before making any investment or financial planning decisions. Related reading: Retirement plan design for the new tax regime Next in this series: Trust accounts and net investment income tax What you may have missed: Maximizing workplace retirement plans to reduce or eliminate the net investment inc…