Exploring Options for Lowering Your Tax Liability In Retirement
If you earn any kind of income, you're going to pay taxes, and investment income is no different. As your portfolio grows nearing retirement, it’s important to consider your pre-tax and post-tax retirement incomes, and how future tax liabilities may impact your overall retirement strategy. If you’re working with a savvy financial professional, they will consider these factors when building your plan.
You should look into getting professional help with tax planning long before you retire. The U.S. tax code contains thousands of pages of legislation, court rulings, and legal interpretations. And if you’re a high net-worth individual, you’re more likely to pay higher taxes. Luckily, a talented tax professional can help minimize taxes owed. So don’t leave tax planning to the last minute!
One of the most common ways to reduce taxes is through dividends. Since corporate dividends are paid from after-tax business income, governments typically tax them at a much lower rate than salary or hourly wages. If you are self-employed, you will likely have a few options to move money from your business to your personal accounts.
This can be complex, and will depend on where you live and work. A qualified financial planner will have up-to-date information, along with a knowledge of the relevant laws and conventions in your area. Your financial professional will help you determine what rules apply to you, and can help structure your affairs to earn dividends instead of a salary.
Charitable donations are another common vehicle that professional financial planners use to reduce taxes. Giving to nonprofits is an honorable thing to do, but it also reduces your tax burden. Tax-conscious investors will often donate their securities directly to an organization, a strategy that may offer many benefits. Be sure to explore these options with your planner. If you have a charity or NGO close to your heart, consider contacting their “planned giving” or legacy advancement offices ahead of time to find out about their donation process.
Estate planning is likely the most important aspect of tax planning at the professional level. Depending on where you live, the “death taxes” you may owe after passing could be quite high, but there are many strategies to minimize taxes at the estate level. Family trusts, foundations, and other corporate structures are often used by financial planners to lower estate taxes, sometimes significantly.
There are countless ways to reduce your tax liability for your future retirement. Your life is bound to change over the course of your working life, and a financial professional can help tailor your plan as needed throughout the years.
Whether you have millions saved or very little, there is a real benefit to professional advice for tax planning. A great financial planner can help you grow your savings and retain more of their value at tax time. Taxes can make an enormous difference in your post-retirement income, so it pays to get advice on advanced tax planning strategies well before your retirement years.
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