Tax Planning

Aug 20, 2020

Taxes are inevitable. But you can minimize your tax bill by making the most of your tax planning opportunities.

For high earners, taxes likely make up the single biggest expense incurred over the long haul — and a too-high tax burden can spell disaster. With more money going to Uncle Sam, you have less to spend on things of your own choosing, including vacations, your kids’ private school and college education expenses, and your retirement.

So instead of scrambling to find write-offs and deductions at tax time, try taking a proactive approach to lower your tax bill and increase your income. 

Tax Planning: The Basics

Tax planning involves the intelligent analysis and arrangement of your wealth in order to maximize tax breaks and minimize tax liabilities, within the confines of the law.

Proactive tax planning is an essential component of your comprehensive financial plan. With an effective tax planning strategy, you can better enjoy the present knowing that your future is protected.

Step 1: Gathering pertinent information

When putting together your tax planning strategy, we’ll first assess your individual finances from top to bottom, including your:

  • Short- and long-term financial obligations
  • Family structure
  • Business structure
  • Investment portfolio
  • Expected future earned and unearned income
  • Pending asset purchases

Step 2: Selecting the right mix of tax-saving strategies

Next, we’ll use our experience, knowledge, and expertise to cherry-pick a selection of tax strategies to ensure that you:

  • Take full advantage of beneficial tax-law provisions,
  • Uncover all tax deductions and tax credits, and
  • Take advantage of all tax breaks available under the Internal Revenue Code.

Is your tax liability as low as it could be?

We’ll help you arrange your financial affairs in a way that reduces your tax liability across all individual, investment, and business decisions — so that you can end each year with more money.

Let’s talk about how you can save on taxes today!

The Importance of a Tax Planning Strategy

Many people don’t understand the importance of a bulletproof tax planning strategy until after paying a small fortune in otherwise avoidable taxes.

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Elliot Kallen

Registered Principal, Prosperity Financial Group

There are many ways to do this:

  • Mistiming the sale of appreciated securities 
  • Withdrawing retirement funds too soon when hanging on for just a little longer would’ve saved you from a stiff penalty
  • Failing to arrange for significant tax exemptions

The list goes on and on.

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The last thing you want is to create a bigger tax bill for yourself after failing to use the tax-smart alternative. As your Fiduciary Advisors, we’re here to make sure that you don’t have to learn this lesson the hard way!That’s why it’s important to consider taxes before pulling the trigger on significant transactions. And considering that federal income tax laws are becoming ever-more complicated, a solid tax plan is more advantageous than ever before.

With a Prosperity Advisor keeping an eye on your tax obligations and opportunities throughout the year, you can stay compliant with the tax code while shielding your finances from unnecessary investment, income, business, life event, and estate taxes down the road.We’ll work with your CPA and attorneys to forward your important information on your behalf, keep you up-to-date with tax developments, and help you implement tax-minimizing strategies.

Tax Efficient Investing

While taxes don’t necessarily drive your investment decisions, they are an important consideration. All investment decisions you make have a tax impact, even if that impact isn’t felt right away. Taxes can reduce your investment returns, and, over time, potentially defer your long-term goals. 

Investment tax planning involves arranging your assets and managing your transactions in a way that minimizes your ongoing tax obligations. This requires year-round planning.

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We’ll help you understand the tax implications of different investments and investment strategies, including:

  • Tax loss harvesting
  • Tax loss carryforwards
  • Tax management
  • Tax free municipal bonds
  • Capital gains
  • Fund distributions
  • Fund or ETF selection
  • UTMA custodial accounts
  • 529 Savings Plan
  • Charitable donations
  • Investment tax credit programs
  • Roth IRA conversion opportunities
  • 1031 Exchanges

Tax Planning Doesn’t Only Happen in April!

No matter what your current situation looks like, there’s no better time than now to capture the far-reaching benefits of proactive tax planning.

By reviewing your income, expenses, and potential tax liability throughout the year — and keeping in line with changes in tax laws — we can help you time income and expenses to your advantage. It’s important to be both deliberate and strategic when employing tax planning strategies, and it’s equally important to begin well in advance of your tax-filing deadline. Contact us to learn how we can help you develop a well-rounded tax planning strategy that minimizes your tax liability as you work toward your financial goals.

13 Smart Tax Planning Strategies

Every year, the taxes you pay reduce the returns you receive from your investments. As a high earner, you must take even more care when it comes to proactive tax planning. 

Here are 13 tax planning strategies that can help you meet your long-term income goals.

Income Tax Planning

When planning for tax impact on your income, we’ll factor in the types of income that you might receive. Common streams of income include dividends, interest, annuity payments, capital gains, inheritances, employer benefits, and government benefits. 

We can help you take advantage of opportunities to manage, defer, and reduce your income taxes by assessing the following items.

step 1

Retirement Plan Accounts

The difference between tax-exempt and tax-deferred retirement plans comes down when your taxes are due: now or later. We can help you decide how much to contribute to your retirement account based on your business opportunities and anticipated expenses, such as vacations or home remodeling.

step 2

Non-Retirement Investment Accounts

Non-qualified accounts, like Health Savings Accounts and brokerage accounts, allow you the benefit of tax diversification. Because there are no restrictions surrounding withdrawals, you’ll enjoy more flexibility regarding how and when you access your money.

step 3

Personal Tax Deductions

Your tax liability is calculated based on your taxable income. Generally speaking, therefore, the higher your deduction level, the lower your tax liability. Proper timing of your deductions, like charitable contributions, can bring down your tax bill even further.

step 4

Tax-Deferred Programs

By deferring income to a later year, you can minimize your current income tax liability and invest the money that you’d otherwise use to pay income taxes. During your year-end tax planning session, we’ll look at different ways to time your income and deductions to give you the best possible tax result.

Life Event Tax Planning

How would changing jobs affect your taxes and benefits? 

Would tying the knot cut your tax bill, or will you fall victim to the marriage tax penalty? 

How would a divorce affect your next tax return?

As your life changes — through marriage, having children, sending your kids to college, and entering retirement — so does the set of tax rules that affect you. A newborn brings tax breaks; death brings a series of tax repercussions; and there are varying tax considerations for every event in between.

We’ll help you assess how these major milestones can create opportunities or pitfalls, as well as the best way to report, spend, and save for these events.

Business Tax Planning

It’s critical for business owners to keep your tax house in order. Every year, business transactions grow in complexity. The avenues through which your business can be taxed also grow in parallel, and it’s further compounded if your business spans multiple jurisdictions. 

Your tax considerations span your choice of business entity, your retirement plan selection, your accounting decisions, and continue through the sale of the business. 

Moreover, all your tax obligations—income, employment, estimated, self-employment, excise, sales, and goods and services—hold the real potential to hinder your business’s growth and profitability. By failing to take advantage of all the valid opportunities buried within tax codes, you’ll be losing out on unclaimed rebates, benefits, chargebacks, and deductions.

When you’re ready to move on from your business, you’ll need a plan for proceeding in the most tax-efficient way. This includes working out:

  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Business valuation issues
  • Business succession strategies
  • Exit strategies
  • Tax planning strategies to minimize potentially massive tax liabilities

We can help you by finding the most effective interpretation and application of tax laws and statutes to defer and/or reduce your business taxes.

Wealth Transfer Planning

If you plan to leave a legacy, you may incur state and federal taxes — including gift, estate, income, transfer, and inheritance taxes. 

We can help you understand and minimize these taxes through wealth-protective strategies.

We Can Help

Proactive tax planning is an essential detail of wealth management. Between your investments, your various income sources, life events, business ownership, and your estate, each facet of wealth has its own tax planning implications.

We’ll work with your qualified tax professional to ensure that your investment plan and your retirement plan are aligned with the best long-term tax planning strategies. If you don’t have a qualified tax professional, we’re happy to send you a referral.

If you’re ready to discover your tax planning opportunities, please fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you shortly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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