We may not know what tax legislation will look like on the exact date you retire, but there is great value in forecasting what we do know. As one example among many, if you are required to take minimum distributions from retirement accounts at age 72, you will likely face a tax balloon. We can plan to minimize the effects of those distributions with a retirement tax forecast.
Knowing that your income streams are not all equal in the eyes of the tax-man, it’s essential to know when you should start drawing from each and how much to withdraw. Considering that one additional withdrawal from the wrong place at the wrong time could mean a tax rate of 49.95%, income planning becomes essential to tax minimization.
Deferring tax on earnings (interest, dividends, or capital gains) until retirement can create substantial returns. Instead of premature taxation on an annual level, which could erode annual returns, the taxation is triggered only upon withdrawal. In many cases–with proper planning–the tax rate in retirement will be lower, making tax deferral attractive.
Taxation is usually the most significant expense for small businesses. Savvy business owners look at lowering taxes as a way of increasing income. Some of the other challenges facing small businesses include rewarding key employees and protecting against their loss, as well as planning for an exit strategy.
We work on an individualized level along with a team of CPAs and attorneys to assist our business clients with a strategic, tax-advantaged plan to maximize business assets and create sustainability.
Bonds issued by municipalities will commonly be tax-free at the federal level. The tax-exempt nature of their interest can make them an attractive investment held in non-retirement accounts as their interest will not be taxed on an annual basis.
Liquidity, low volatility, and high credit quality can make municipal bonds a great play in the right scenario.