Feb 16, 2018

Under Trump tax plan divorces could get nastier

Donald Trump with ex-wife Marla Maples. Photo: Ron Galella / Getty

Under Trump's tax plan, divorcees in lower income brackets can exclude alimony payments from their taxable income but alimony payers no longer get a tax break, giving them less incentive to be generous to their former spouses.

Why it matters: In a recent survey, 64% of lawyers from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said that they expect divorces to become even more hostile because of the changes to the tax code.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.

Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.