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Tax Planning and Reducing your Maximum Exposure

Show Description: 

Today’s show starts off with Jason and Alex sharing stories about trucks and the potential benefits of depreciating company vehicles warming into the topic for discussion. Tax Planning.

Jason begins the discussion by reminding listeners that now is the right time to start tax planning for 2021 tax year, while you are doing your taxes for 2020. Alex adds that tax planning is one of the least enjoyable planning exercising and unfortunately most individuals are just happy to get it over with and not investigate forward planning. Alex suggests that when you are with your tax advisor completing your 2020 returns ask for a list of action items that you could have done in 2020 that would have reduced your taxable exposure. 

Tip #1

Max out your retirement savings. Maxing out your 401(k) contribution allows you to defer taxable income. In 2021 you can defer 100% of your income up to $19,500 or 26,000 if you are 50 years or older.  Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) are also an investment vehicle not to be overlooked and can be utilized up until tax filing deadline of April 15th. Contribution limits for 2020 and 2021 in these investment vehicles are 6,000 and 7,000 for individuals 50 years old or older. 

Jason and Alex continue to share tax benefit options for different types of professions and businesses. Alex introduces Cash Balance and Defined Benefit Plans to the conversation and asks Jason to share his experience working with key self-employed clients on their complex business and retirement planning. Jason shares the benefits of these tax-deferred retirement vehicles and the large dollar amounts that can be deferred when tax planning is executed properly. Jason also touches on geographically relocating in retirement to reduce tax obligations.  Alex chimes in sharing his experience while working with business owners and that although these retirement vehicles may be a bit intimidating and difficult to comprehend at first, it is worth checking out because it can be a huge game changer. 

Profit Sharing in a 401(k) is another component that is worth evaluating and utilizing if you are a business owner. Jason shares a story about a group of doctors and their experience utilizing the profit-sharing component within their group 401(k). Alex adds that the small business owner is the heartbeat of the country and like most individuals they are also looking for ways to not pay too much of their earnings toward taxes. This is a conversation worth starting up with IDA. The best tax advantaged investment vehicles available are offered to business owners. Jason adds that they are not too complex and well worth the time to understand. So please call Intelligence Driven Advisers to start a conversation.  

The last tax planning investment vehicle discussed is a Health Savings Account (HAS). If you have a high deductible health insurance plan you most likely are eligible to contribute to an HAS account. For 2021, maximum contribution for a family is 7200. Funded with pretax dollars and distributions eligible to be tax free if used for qualified medical expenses. This investment vehicle over a 30-year life span this will generate significant tax savings. 

Jason and Alex close the show with discussing some of the tax strategies that Intelligence Driven Advisers implements with all clients, specifically tax harvesting and the steps involved in properly executing this strategy. 

In this show you will learn about:

– Individual Retirement Investment Vehicles

– Tax advantaged Investment Vehicles for Business Owners

– Benefits of Tax Planning

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