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Beware: Retirement Plan Loan Defaults Can Be Costly

Economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis may cause some cash-strapped individuals to default on loans they’ve taken out from company qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) and profit-sharing plans. Defaulting on a plan loan will cause adverse tax and retirement-saving consequences. Here are the details.       

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Tax Considerations for Principal Residence Foreclosures Today

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, residential real estate prices generally remain stable or are even rising in many areas. Even so, pandemic-related financial stress may cause some homeowners to be unable to make their mortgage payments. Here are the range of federal income tax consequences that might happen if a lender eventually forecloses on a principal residence.

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Incentive Compensation: Don’t Go Overboard

Bonuses: They’re not just for senior executives anymore. Many companies now offer performance-based incentives to rank-and-file personnel, too. But serious problems can occur when these incentives are too strong, poorly designed or insufficiently monitored.

For example, in one case, a large national bank set aggressive sales goals that came with financial rewards. To meet their goals, bank employees opened new credit card accounts in customers’ names without their knowledge or consent. The resulting fallout was a major embarrassment for the employer.

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