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Can You Turn Investment Losses into Tax Gains?

When markets take a spill, especially when it comes to your retirement investments, it’s harder to find ways to meet your financial goals. If you were relying on IRA or 401(k) withdrawals to cover your expenses, doing so when markets are down would decrease the lifespan of your savings. And if you’re nearing retirement, market losses may provide cause to push back the time you enter retirement. While all these concerns are legitimate, there is a [...]

2022-11-10T17:07:35+00:00November 7, 2022|Investment Strategies, Stock Market, Tax Strategies|

Will You Have Tax-Advantaged Buckets in Retirement?

You’ll likely have several sources of income in retirement that can be taxed, such as IRA distributions and Social Security benefits. But, do you have any after-tax “buckets” that you can use strategically in retirement to help reduce your tax bill? There may be a few options available to you, so know how they work. How is a Roth IRA Different from a Traditional IRA?  Many people contribute pre-tax dollars to a traditional IRA during their [...]

Estimating Your Tax Burden in Retirement

Taxes could be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. But once you have an estimate for your tax burden in retirement, you can consider ways to minimize it. The first step towards creating a tax minimization strategy in retirement is looking at how your different sources of income will be taxed. Pensions If you have a private pension, your pensions payments could be taxed at ordinary income rates. They could also be subject to state [...]

2022-04-28T19:15:12+00:00April 28, 2022|Tax Planning, Tax Strategies, taxes|

How a Financial Advisor Can Help You Pursue Tax-Smart Strategies

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but what about a tax-deductible lunch? While many of your income sources can be taxed, there are strategies to help minimize your overall tax burden before and in retirement. An advantage of going to one professional for all of your financial planning needs is that everything from investment strategies to estate planning works together in one overall plan. Here’s how a financial advisor can help you [...]

2021-08-13T17:46:23+00:00August 13, 2021|Financial Planning, Tax Planning, Tax Strategies|

5 Things to Know About COVID and Your Taxes

We’ve entered a full year of living with the pandemic, and there have been several events during the year that could affect you this tax season. In April 2020, the CARES Act (Coronavirus aid, Relief, and Economic Security Aid) provided relief to individual Americans and businesses and temporarily altered some parts of the tax code. While this was almost a year ago, the implications for you may extend to this year’s tax season. Here are 5 [...]

2021-03-22T23:16:18+00:00March 22, 2021|Tax Planning, Tax Strategies|

3 Reasons Your Tax Burden Could Actually Increase In Retirement

Will your tax burden dramatically decrease in retirement once you stop receiving a paycheck? Maybe not – maybe it will increase. Between retirement account distributions, Social Security benefits, and investments, you may have reasons to review your tax strategy in retirement. We may be experiencing relatively low taxes right now, but the recent change in leadership in Washington and a growing national debt could change that. Let’s look at 3 reasons why your tax burden could [...]

2021-03-01T12:55:51+00:00March 1, 2021|Tax Planning, Tax Strategies|

4 Things You Can Do By the End of the Year to Help Lower Your 2020 Tax Bill

Here come the holidays and everything that goes with them – traveling, cooking, buying gifts, and of course, spending time with the people we love. It’s a busy time of year when finances can take a back seat, but don’t wait to review your tax situation. Here are four things you can do by the end of the year that could help lower your 2020 tax bill. Review Your Retirement Account Contributions And Distributions Starting at [...]

2020-12-07T13:25:37+00:00December 7, 2020|Tax Strategies|

How Will Social Security Benefits and Taxes Change Next Year?

The Social Security Administration recently made some important announcements that workers and retirees should note, including a Social Security benefit increase – and a tax increase. While it’s very unlikely that the program will ever disappear, we could see changes in the coming years due to the program's financial state. The Social Security trust fund was projected to run out in 2035, at which point about 79% of benefits would be payable.[1] Here’s how Social Security [...]

2020-10-26T12:43:30+00:00October 26, 2020|Financial Planning, Social Security, Tax Strategies|

3 Reasons Why Your Tax Burden Could Increase In Retirement

Most people assume that their tax burden will dramatically decrease in retirement once they stop receiving a paycheck, but this isn’t always true. A high tax bill is one retirement risk to be aware of and to try and mitigate. We may be experiencing relatively low taxes right now, but a change in leadership in Washington and a growing national debt could change that. Let’s look at 3 reasons why your tax burden could increase in [...]

2020-09-08T02:57:58+00:00September 8, 2020|Tax Strategies|

Tax Day Finally Arrives

The revised tax day date, July 15th, is upon us, and there are several important things to note, whether you’ve filed already or not. While our tax bill might only be at the forefront of our minds during one time of the year, the reality is that financial moves throughout the year can impact your tax bill in the short-term and for years to come. There could be opportunities to take advantage of that would help [...]

2020-07-13T02:09:41+00:00July 13, 2020|Tax Strategies|
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