Go beyond maxing out your employee 401(k) to find the opportunities that could save you your hard-earned cash when it comes to paying taxes.
- Minimize the use of Active Management for Brokerage Accounts.The more you trade, the more you’ll be taxed. Realized gains in a brokerage account get taxed when they get reported, which happens whenever a trade takes place. Actively managed brokerage accounts tend to trade frequently.
- Minimize the Use of Taxable Bonds. Like equities, taxable bonds produce capital gains every time the fund manager buys or sells securities. You may also have to pay taxes on your gains when you sell your shares in the bond.
- Send Your RMDs to Charity. If you don’t need your Required Minimum Distributions from your retirement accounts because you have enough income from other sources, this burdensome requirement does little but elevate your tax bill. Instead avoid this by using a Qualified Charitable Distribution which counts as your RMD, up to $100,000.
- Cultivate Tax Losses to Offset Gains During the Same Year. Tax cultivation means, in a nutshell, the process of balancing realized gains with losses that occur in the same year. Use your losses to reduce the taxes you owe on the gains. By effectively managing your gains and losses, you can reduce the taxes you owe.
Tax laws are tricky and not something you want to test the IRS on, so sound advice is a safe necessity for all high-net worth earners. Give us a call today so we can talk through strategies that might be beneficial to you when tax season hits.
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