Aspiring Early Retirees Seeking a Secure Retirement Plan
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Aspiring Early Retirees Seeking a
Secure Retirement Plan
Bob and Jill, a couple in their mid-50s, were employed by a local Fortune 500 insurance company. They had long dreamt of early retirement, but the prospect of leaving their combined annual income of $250,000 was daunting. Nevertheless, recent stress at work prompted them to explore the feasibility of their dream. With their combined pensions amounting to only $60,000 annually and social security benefits still seven years away, they worried if their retirement funds and investments, totaling around $3 million, would be sufficient to retire and maintain their lifestyle for the long term.
Despite having an impressive nest egg, Bob and Jill had two primary challenges: taxation and longevity. The majority of their retirement savings were in tax-deferred accounts, which would be subject to Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). In addition to the impending tax burden, they were concerned about their savings lasting through a potentially 40-year retirement.
After conducting a cash flow simulation and in-depth analysis, we estimated that they would pay over $5 million in income taxes and $400,000 in IRMAA Medicare Surcharge Premiums during their lifetimes (assumed to be 92/96 years). Their tax-deferred accounts presented a tax time bomb, with annual RMD income of $160,000 at age 75, rising to over $300,000 per year once both reached 75, and continuing to increase thereafter. Furthermore, their heirs would be subject to substantial taxes upon their passing, including a projected IL Estate Tax bill of $3,000,000 and $1,600,000 of income tax on retirement accounts (IRD) for their sons.
Our focus shifted from determining whether Bob and Jill could retire to efficiently managing their wealth and tax burden. With a goal to ensure a secure retirement and lower the tax burden for them and their heirs, we developed a multi-faceted wealth management strategy.
- We planned for strategic Roth Conversions over a period of years, targeting tax rates that are more favorable than their projected future tax rates.
- We optimized Pension and Social Security filing strategies to provide a more reliable source of income.
- Implemented Managed Investment Portfolios for 401k rollovers, but also left funds within the 401ks for penalty-free access before age 59 ½.
The comprehensive plan we developed for Bob and Jill was designed to provide significant lifetime income tax reduction and the near elimination of the IRMAA Medicare Surcharge for further tax savings. This comprehensive strategy included converting their tax-deferred accounts into tax-free Roth IRAs over a strategic period of time. As a result, their sons stand to inherit those accounts without any income tax liabilities, which could have presented a tax burden with estimates as high as seven figures!
Our comprehensive financial plan addressed their concerns about taxation and longevity while providing for more efficient management of their wealth. This strategy enables them to fully enjoy this exciting new chapter of their lives, reassured by the knowledge that their financial future is more secure.
As an added bonus, we were able to develop a plan to leave their children a significant legacy. We addressed wealth transfer and estate planning for their heirs with an advanced tax strategy while continuing to monitor and adjust gifting methods to minimize estate taxes. This ensures that their financial legacy is well preserved for the benefit of future generations.
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