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Political comments and proposed tax plan remain off-topic

Post by LadyGeek » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:01 pm

[Revised to include the proposed tax plan --LadyGeek]

The proposed tax plan has created much conjecture, which impacts personal finance and investing. (Previously, discussions were about the recent elections.)

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This forum is focused on investing that is directly actionable to personal investors. We don't hold debates on conjecture.

The whole point of the policy is to (1) eliminate contentious disagreements that result from these discussions and (2) keep investors from making bad decisions. Proposed regulations change many times between the time they're introduced and signed into law.

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Re: Political comments remain off-topic

Post by LadyGeek » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:02 pm

Bumping for visibility.
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Proposed tax plan is off-topic

Post by LadyGeek » Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:17 pm

The first post has been revised to reflect the proposed tax plan.
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Re: Political comments and proposed tax plan remain off-topic

Post by prudent » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:42 am

Bumping for visibility.

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Re: Political comments and proposed tax plan remain off-topic

Post by LadyGeek » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:39 pm

Bumping for visibility.
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Re: Political comments and proposed tax plan remain off-topic

Post by LadyGeek » Sun May 07, 2017 9:08 pm

Bumping to clarify that IRS tax-favored health plans, such as Health savings accounts, are defined in US law. An HSA is defined here: 26 U.S. Code § 223 - Health savings accounts.

Changes to ACA health care are currently under debate in Congress. Conjecture on changes to these tax-favored plans is therefore off-topic.

The wiki has some background info: Tax basics (Hierarchy of tax authority)
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Re: Political comments and proposed tax plan remain off-topic

Post by LadyGeek » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:46 pm

Bumping for visibility. As we have done during election time, discussions related to tax reform remain off-topic.
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