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Tax Strategy and Planning
Tax planning is the cornerstone of McBeath Financial Group’s custom tailored, tax-efficient financial plans to help our clients reach their goals.
Perhaps the most impactful piece of our wealth management process is centered around comprehensive tax strategy planning. We start by assessing your present and future tax obligations and devising strategies to reduce taxes in retirement. Our expertise truly shines when we uncover opportunities to preserve and transfer wealth to heirs or charities using tax-efficient financial planning, our clients achieve retirement goals and leave a lasting legacy.
Could Taxes be Higher in Retirement?
It's a common assumption that taxes will be less in retirement; therefore, it appears beneficial to defer taxes until this stage. But this may be far from reality for those with sizeable, qualified retirement accounts! Furthermore, the current low tax environment is subject to change in the future. As a result, many retirement account holders could likely find themselves paying higher taxes in retirement.
At McBeath Financial Group, we focus on tax-efficient asset growth and investment portfolio management to minimize taxes in retirement. Together, we'll explore personalized income and tax strategies, considering their impact on you, your family, and your legacy. Don't wait to take the first step toward a tax-efficient retirement strategy. Reach out today for a consultation and let us help you achieve your financial goals for the retirement you've always envisioned.
The Key to Navigating Taxation
Through the 3 Stages of Life
Effective tax management involves determining the most favorable time to pay taxes on income and investments. While most are familiar with micro-tax strategies that minimize taxes in the current tax year, a more comprehensive approach involves macro and extended tax strategies. These strategies evaluate long-term tax burdens throughout one's lifetime as wealth is passed to heirs or charities. As tax planners, our goal is to assist clients in identifying the most advantageous life stage to bear the tax burden on income and assets.
Micro Taxation, The Employee Stage
During our earning years, we often focus on reducing our income taxes for each year. We diligently pursue any possible deductions and tax credits available.
We also contribute to our 401Ks or IRAs, which defers taxes on that income and growth until retirement.
Macro Taxation, The Retirement Stage
During retirement, taxes may have an even more significant impact than they do in working years. Especially when considering more factors that come into play with retirement account withdrawals, required minimum distributions, social security, and Medicare premiums.
A macro-tax strategy focuses on the lifetime impact of taxes and protecting income and asset growth in retirement. One popular method is converting IRAs or 401Ks into Roth IRAs, which can significantly reduce the overall lifetime tax burden for clients and their heirs.
Extended Taxation, Wealth Transfer Stage
Depending on the state and the size of the estate, those without a tax plan could have over half their assets going towards taxes before it reaches their heirs. We already know a number of recent tax changes and new proposals are threatening to dramatically reduce assets passed along.
Those wishing to pass wealth to their family will find an extended tax strategy necessary to protect assets as they are passed from generation to generation.
Comprehensive Taxation Strategy
A comprehensive tax plan involves evaluating an individual's financial picture and projecting across all three stages to best meet their goals.
A holistic approach to tax planning is critical when working with high-net-worth individuals. Such long-term strategies often benefit from a team of advisors from different areas of expertise collaborating on the client's behalf.
Seek a Resource for Tax Planning
When it comes to retirement planning, it's critical to consider all aspects of your financial picture. Yet, advanced tax planning is often overlooked. This oversight may be due to the very source of investment advice. With a vast array of financial advisors available - from brokers/dealers and insurance professionals to Registered Investment Advisors and online platforms – it can be even more challenging finding sound guidance.
Commonly, potential clients inquire about fees and rates of return on investments when evaluating a financial advisor. While these questions are important to address, they may not be the most significant threat to your retirement nest egg. In fact, tax implications can have a far greater impact on your wealth. Yet, many financial advisors neglect to address this critical concern.
One reason for this might be that the majority of advisors are not equipped to offer tax guidance. Often, they will openly admit this limitation. Brokerage statements, 401k statements, or even online disclosures from investment firms typically include fine print disclaimers, stating that they cannot provide tax or legal advice. It's essential to ask yourself, how can they competently advise on investments if they cannot discuss one of the most significant threats to your family's wealth?
To create a truly comprehensive financial plan, it's vital to include tax planning as a key component, alongside a well-thought-out wealth transfer strategy. Don't overlook the importance of advanced tax planning when planning for your retirement. Choose a financial advisor who can address this crucial aspect of your financial future.
A Holistic Wealth Management Approach
Every individual has a unique situation, and every piece of their financial position impacts the entire financial picture. As such, no individual investment, transaction, or financial strategy can exist in a bubble but must fit as part of the long-term plan to achieve goals. A complete financial plan must include income distribution planning, Social Security filing options, tax strategies, increased healthcare costs, inflation adjustments, and estate legacy planning. Each of these individual items is inseparable from the others in how they impact the overall financial picture. Therefore, a comprehensive financial plan's recommendations are often complex and strategically balanced, integrating all financial components, including taxes, towards an efficient wealth management strategy.
Schedule An Introductory Call with McBeath
We realize that there can be questions and concerns regarding investments, especially during transitionary periods of life. We invite you to take the first step toward a clearer financial future. Schedule your complimentary 20-minute phone call so we can meet you and learn more about your needs and concerns.