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Friday Financial Five – October 9, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

 

Closing the carried interest loophole 

Political debates often involve the promise of a more reasonable tax code but pushing changes through is not easy once the elected official takes office. The “carried interest loophole” is the latest perk to catch the public’s eye as an unfair advantage for hedge funds and private equity firms. The firms structure as investment partners, while the managers act as a general partner. The typical compensation structure is “2 and 20” – 2 percent automatically per year and 20 percent of profits on the investments. That 20 percent is taxed as an incentive or “carried interes," allowing for a much lower tax rate as capital gains and the avoidance of billions in taxes. The end result is a much lower marginal tax rate for these individuals than one would expect, with very little evidence it leads to a public good.

Non-deductible contributions need a Form 8606

More and more high income earners are employing the strategy of making after-tax contributions to an IRA account that are not deductible on their tax return. They convert those contributions to a Roth IRA in order to take advantage of the Roth’s benefits. What sometimes is missing from the contribution to the non-deductible IRA is the filing of a Form 8606. This form allows the IRS to identify the taxpayer’s non-deductible contributions and account for them from a tax perspective. This, accompanied with a descriptive letter when a contribution is made, should help avoid double taxation on those funds when they’re withdrawn.

Retirement plan lifetime income options

The perceived gap in 401(k) plans occurs when it comes to providing lifetime income. Insurance companies would like to fill that gap and are pushing for more annuity options in retirement plans but they have less than 10% penetration at this point. That may be changing, as evidenced by GM’s recent decision to add the insurance product to their 401(k) offering. Not everyone using a 401(k) has the investment savvy to differentiate between investment options, nor the inclination to figure out how to withdraw the retirement funds as income. While the annuity option will allow for a more predictable income, it may amount to much less than current pensioners are receiving from their traditional defined benefit plans. 

Medicare open enrollment approaches

October 15th begins the enrollment period for those eligible to apply for Medicare coverage. A great resource to get details on program options is www.Medicare.gov. There are plenty of sections allowing enrollees to review plan and prescription drug options, as well as verify in-network doctors and costs. Enrollees should start the comparison process as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary expense. The enrollment period ends December 7th, otherwise known as Larry Bird’s Birthday. 

Bill Gross suing PIMCO

When one of the most recognizable faces in investing leaves a company amidst mysterious circumstances, it makes sense that fireworks will eventually follow. For Bill Gross, co-founder of the Pacific Investment Management Company, those fireworks are starting with a lawsuit aimed at recouping “hundreds of millions of dollars” from PIMCO for wrongful termination. Gross was fired just before the end of the third quarter last year and contends that a $250 million bonus played a part in the timing of his ouster. With Gross’ estimated net worth at roughly $2 billion, reports are that any money recovered from the suit will go to various charities and foundations.

Dan Forbes, a CFP Board Ambassador, is a regular contributor on financial issues. He leads the firm Forbes Financial Planning, Inc in East Greenwich, RI and can be reached at [email protected]

 

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Doctor: Robert Tatsumi

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

Location: Tualatin, OR

Amount Paid: $141,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA Inc, Biomet Spine LLC, and Lanx Inc

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#24

Doctor: Andrew Blauvelt

Specialty: Dermatology

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $143,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Eli Lilly and Company, Pfizer Inc., AbbVie Inc., and Celgene Corporation

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#23

Doctor:Y Pritham Raj

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $151,000

Payments Exceeding $2,000 From: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

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#22

Doctor: Walter Carlini

Specialty: Neurology

Location: Medford, OR

Amount Paid: $151,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc and Biogen Idec Inc

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#21

Doctor: Daniel Fitzpatrick

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Location: Eugene, OR

Amount Paid: $168,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Zimmer Holding Inc and DePuy Synthes Products LLC

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#20

Doctor: Bryan Mehlhaff

Specialty: Urology

Location: Springfield, OR

Amount Paid: $175,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Dendreon Corporation

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#19

Doctor: Kiren Kresa-Reahl

Specialty: Psychiatry & Neurology

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $187,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Biogen Idec Inc

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#18

Doctor: William Dischinger

Specialty: Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Location: Lake Oswego, OR

Amount Paid: $192,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Ormco Corporation

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#17

Doctor: Eden Miller 

Specialty: Family Medicine

Location: Sisters, OR

Amount Paid: $197,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Novo Nordisk Inc

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#16

Doctor: Kevin Winthrop

Specialty: Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $199,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Pfizer International LLC, Eli Lilly and Company, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Pfizer Inc

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#15

Doctor: Mark Yerby

Specialty: Other Service Providers/Specialist

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $201,000

Payments Exceeding $4,000 From: Eisai Inc

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#14

Doctor: Stanley Cohan

Specialty: Neurology

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $202,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Biogen Idec Inc

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#13

Doctor: Matthew Riddle

Specialty: Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $251,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, Valeritas Inc., and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

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#12

Doctor: Robert Martindale

Specialty: Surgery

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $255,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: LifeCell Corporation, Covidien LP, Fresenius Kabi USA LLC, Baxter Healthcare, and KCI USA Inc

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#11

Doctor: Roger Muller

Specialty: Emergency Medicine 

Location: Tigard, OR

Amount Paid: $255,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

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#10

Doctor: Steven Madey

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $270,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: DePuy Synthes Inc

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#9

Doctor: Scott Kitchel

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

Location: Eugene, OR

Amount Paid: $274,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Spine Wave Inc and NuVasive Inc 

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#8

Doctor: Patrick Boyle

Specialty: Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Location: Depoe Bay, OR

Amount Paid: $316,000

Payments Exceeding $4,000 From: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and Novo Nordisk Inc

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#7

Doctor: Stanley Barnwell

Specialty: Neurological Surgery

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $319,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Stryker Corporation and Covidien Sales LLC

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#6

Doctor: Terry Dischinger

Specialty: Dentist

Location: Lake Oswego, OR

Amount Paid: $347,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Ormco Corporation 

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#5

Doctor: Mark Jewell

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Location: Eugene OR

Amount Paid: $421,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Allergan Inc

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#4

Doctor: Mark Peterson

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

Location: Medford, OR

Amount Paid: $659,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: NuVasive Inc

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Doctor: Mark Packer

Specialty: Ophthalmology

Location: Eugene, OR

Amount Paid: $668,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Transcend Medical Inc, Lensar Inc, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, Bausch and Lomb Inc, and Allergan Inc, 

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Doctor: Jay Malmquist

Specialty: Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $679,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Nobel Biocare USA and BIomet 3i LLC 

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Doctor: Paul Duwelius

Specialty: Othorpedic and Fracture

Location: Portland, OR

Amount Paid: $759,000

Payments Exceeding $5,000 From: Zimmer Holding Inc

 
 

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