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Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder of SoftBank Group Corp., made a huge personal bet on bitcoin just as prices for the digital currency peaked, losing more than $130 million when he sold out, according to people familiar with the matter.

Geography could matter for investors around the world if Tehran moves to close or at least hinder the world’s busiest waterway for global oil shipments in retaliation for the U.S. decision to demand that all Iran oil buyers halt purchases by May 1.

Stocks in 2019 have thus far befuddled Michael Wilson, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite breaking out above their closing records in Tuesday trade.

Soon more people will be watching video-game competitions than the real thing.

Diversify! Newbie investors have been relentlessly hammered with that tip since man first rubbed two sticks together. But, for active traders, there are limits to this advice.

This blue versus red state trend becomes even more pronounced for higher earners.

Treasury prices rise Tuesday, pushing yields lower, as a strong debt auction show investors retain a healthy appetite for government paper.

Amazon is expected to ramp up investments in 2019 after pulling back in 2018.

And that doesn’t bode well for their ability to manage their finances after graduation

During the week of November 26, senior tax staff on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees doubted Republicans’ catch-all tax and IRS package’s chances of success. The IRS released guidance granting automatic consent to accounting method changes to comply with new Code Sec. 451(b), as added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

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Taxpayers who mine, sell or exchange cryptocurrency likely owe federal income tax because of those activities.  But have they reported that income or gain? After dramatic changes in value due to volatile digital currency markets in 2018, they may even have losses. Currently, the IRS has a campaign, actively auditing for failures to report income […]

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New instructions for IRS Form 8949, Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, address gain that is deferred when an investment is made in a Qualified Opportunity Fund. If a taxpayer realizes gain on a sale of an asset, but invests that gain in a QO Fund within 6 months, the taxpayer may be able […]

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Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019, to provide individuals with Forms 1095-B, Health Coverage, or Forms 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. This is a 30-day extension from the original due date of January 31, 2019. Comment: The due dates for employers and insurers to […]

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The IRS will grant automatic consent to accounting method changes to comply with new Code Sec. 451(b), as added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97). In addition, some taxpayers may make the accounting method change on their tax returns, without filing a Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. These procedures […]

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Senior tax staff on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees seem to doubt Republicans’ catch-all tax and IRS package’s chances of success. Whether the roadblock will come down to time or votes, the package currently faces an uphill battle in the Senate. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., unveiled […]

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Highly anticipated foreign tax credit regulations have been issued that provide guidance on the significant changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) to the foreign tax credit rules. The proposed regulations address: (1) the allocation and apportionment of the deductions underCode Sec. 861 through Code Sec. 865 and adjustments to the […]

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House Republicans’ blazing, 297-page tax package of IRS reforms, tax extenders, disaster relief, retirement savings, and corrections to last year’s tax reform has received an icy reception from congressional Democrats. Although the ambitious and lengthy tax package contains several bipartisan proposals, Democrats appeared caught off guard by its release and have already begun voicing opposition. […]

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The House is expected to vote this week on a 297-page tax and IRS oversight package. Generally, the broad legislative package addresses year-end tax extenders, retirement savings, disaster relief, IRS reform, and technical corrections to last year’s tax reform legislation, among other things. Additionally, the package contains elements of Republicans’ “Tax Reform 2.0” package approved […]

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A taxpayer that elects out of the  business interest deduction limits won’t need to file an accounting method change when switching to the MACRS alternative depreciation system (ADS), according to the IRS. During recent informal remarks, the IRS said it plans to allow electing farmers and real estate businesses to make the required switch to […]

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