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NEWS WRAP - Tax Filing Season is Upon Us

Tax filing seasons got underway on 27 January, the date on which the Internal Revenue Service began to accept the first of 150 million anticipated returns.

The due date for tax payments is 15 April*, with interest starting to accrue on any tax owed after this date.

Over recent years many tax filers have become accustomed to filing returns digitally – for many this represents the most efficient way of managing the process – and 2020 is likely to be no different, with a record number of digital tax filers expected. However, this comes despite the problems of the Free File program — a partnership between the IRS and private-sector tax-return software companies.

Gavel

NEWS WRAP - Brokerage Merger Challenge Dismissed on Technical Grounds

The antitrust lawsuit against the merger of investment brokers Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

However, the decision is unlikely to be the end of the matter as the dismissal was made on procedural grounds with the court ruling that the plaintiff, BlackCrown Inc., is a corporate entity and therefore cannot represent itself. The judge cited the 1993 case of Rowland v. California Men's Colony and the 1997 decision reached in Pridgen v. Anresen as forming the basis for the court's decision.

New Year Resolutions

TOP TIPS - Wealth Management Resolutions for a New Decade

The turn of the new decade is the perfect time to review your wealth management strategy, including your retirement accounts, tax and estate plans and, of course, the status and suitability of your cross-border assets.

Here we provide our top tips for getting your wealth management in order for the 2020s.

Congress

NEWS WRAP - SECURE Boon to Retirement Planning but with Estate Planning Implications

On 20 December 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act into law*. The bill had already passed the House in a resounding 417-3 vote, and the reasons why it had near-unanimous bi-partisan support are clear.

SECURE promises to herald new ways of thinking about, and preparing for, retirement as the US moves into the 2020s. The Act seeks to enhance the coverage of qualified plan rules, not least by allowing smaller employers to collaborate so they can offer their staff 401(k) plans and, in a move that answers a frequent criticism, by giving long-standing part-time workers access to 401(k) plans.

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