Republicans and Democrats have been squabbling over what to do about the fiscal cliff, and how to deal with the nation’s finances. Whether there should be higher taxes, or reduced spending, or both, is an issue. So what does this mean for investors and financial advisors? OnWallStreet.com takes a look at the issue.
There is the likelihood that capital gains taxes may be increased, as well as an increase in dividend taxes. Without a deal, capital gains taxes will go up to 20%, and dividend taxes will be treated like regular income. With a deal, the taxes still could go up. In addition, a 3.8% Medicare surcharge will also be included.
According to a survey by the Financial Services Institute, financial advisors are confident that a deal would be made to resolve the fiscal cliff issue. Seventy-nine percent say that they think a fiscal cliff deal will be made by the end of the year.
In addition, 70% of the advisors say that they opposed raising taxes on the rich, and 68% say that higher taxes would cause fewer people to invest or to save.
Written by Lisa Swan