Taxes, tax laws, and tax brackets are a concern for anyone, especially as you approach retirement. How will you pay taxes on retirement income if you live on a fixed income? How can you protect yourself from surprises that show up at tax time and potentially cost you more than you anticipated?
Any retirement plan should address taxes, including:
- Assessing the taxability of your current holdings and assets
- Including tax-deferred or tax-free money in your retirement plan
- Reducing your tax burden by strategizing which tax category to draw income from first
- Leaving tax-free dollars to your beneficiaries
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Tax Planning Strategies for Retirement
Very few financial vehicles avoid taxes altogether, but many allow you to defer paying taxes until you reach a certain age.
Tax-deferred assets allow you to earn interest without paying current taxes; however, as soon as you withdraw money from your account, you pay taxes. Tax deferment offers an advantage for retirement plans because when you retire, you could be in a lower tax bracket. So, tax-deferred retirement tools allow you to put off paying taxes for many years.
In fact, some tax-deferred retirement tools have specific restrictions on when money can be withdrawn. If you withdraw money before reaching a certain age, typically 59.5, you may pay an additional 10% in federal taxes as well as other fees and penalties.
Lundervold Financial LLC does not provide tax advice. If you do not have a tax advisor, we can direct you to licensed and qualified tax professionals close to our office in Minnesota or near you if you live elsewhere.
We Help You Reduce Taxes in Retirement
The IRS determines your tax bracket based on your income and marital status. They use a progressive tax system, which means the more money you earn, the higher the percentage you pay in taxes. The good news is that the tax rates, at least as of 2020, are effective tax rates, which means that everyone pays the same rate at each bracket; you pay progressively higher rates on the amounts you earn within each bracket.
For example, if you made $50,000 in 2020, you’ll have paid 10% on the first $9,875, 12% on earnings between $9,876 and $40,125, and 22% on anything over $40,126.
If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for a larger standard deduction, which can help lower your taxes. You can also talk to your tax advisor about local and state tax deferrals and exemptions. Some states and local governments offer property or school tax deferrals to people over certain ages.
We can help you build a tax-efficient strategy designed to protect some of your assets, once we understand your financial situation, risk tolerance and investment objectives.
Lundervold Financial is not permitted to offer tax or legal advice; if you need help with tax brackets and understanding tax deductions, we can refer you to an excellent, experienced tax accountant.
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*Lundervold Financial does not provide tax or estate planning, but we are part of our clients’ estate planning team. If you are looking for an estate planner, we can refer you to professionals who provide the following services: trusts, probate, charitable giving, estate planning, and tax planning.
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