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Act now before Trump takes action: Tax Strategy Scan

Last chance for 0% capital gains?
Tax breaks on capital gains could fall victim to tax reform next year, which means the final days of 2016 may be your client's last chance to cash in, according to Kiplinger. Unrealized long-term capital gains selling before the markets close on Dec. 30 could wipe out the tax bill on those gains. Missing the deadline is a risk, if President-elect Trump and the Republican-led Congress enact a plan that is currently at the heart of the tax-reform debate. -- Kiplinger

Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential nominee, gestures in front of the Pennsylvania state flag after speaking at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. As the U.S. presidential race heads into its final weekend, Trump is showing strength in Iowa and Ohio pre-Election Day voting, while Hillary Clintons advantage in early balloting looks stronger in North Carolina and Nevada. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Why more investors are donating stock to charity
Clients may want to accelerate their donations of appreciated securities to charities this year in the event President-elect Trump enacts reforms he's promised to make after taking office, according to The Wall Street Journal. They may end up with a bigger tax deduction, as tax rates are likely to drop under the new administration in 2017. “[I]t’s almost always better to donate the stock rather than selling the stock and giving cash, in a taxable account,” says an expert. -- The Wall Street Journal.

Taxes are one of life’s sure things, but clients can still make changes after the filing deadline. Here’s how.
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How Trump’s tax cuts (and hikes) will impact you, explained in one simple chart
There are tax payers who benefit and others who lose under President-elect Donald Trump's tax plan, according to MarketWatch. Clients can refer to a chart in this report that breaks down the impacts of Trump's plan to simplify the tax code. -- MarketWatch

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