It’s tax filing season but smart taxpayers will turn this into tax planning season, too. The key question for couples working with tax specialists: how do we maximize our retirement income potential? There are three specific goals to consider.
These are the three secrets to success in saving enough money – after taxes, inflation and fees – to fund an adequate retirement. The annual tax filing visit with advisors can be so much more than a compliance exercise, when highly motivated clients and advisors join forces.
The success of the process, however, is also very much dependent upon behavioral finance. Younger clients must have the discipline to actually save the money, and older clients must make it their business to withdraw funds knowledgeably. That is, with their after-tax results in mind.
For them, there are a few additional tax tips to consider in order to minimize tax and maximize cash flow. The federal government has provided several tax breaks that help today’s retirees increase their after-tax receipts from retirement savings. Advisors and clients should be sure to discuss them this tax filing season:
Excerpted from Essential Tax Facts by Evelyn Jacks, 2018 edition. Evelyn Jacks is a best-selling author of 54 books on personal tax filing and planning and President of Knowledge Bureau. Please follow her on twitter @evelynjacks
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