How can a Financial Advisor Assist me with Lowering Tax Liability?

Dan Fisher |

With income comes taxes, and investment incomes are no different. As your portfolio grows into retirement, it’s important to consider your pre-tax and post-tax retirement incomes, and how future tax liabilities may impact your overall retirement strategy.  If you’re working with a savvy financial professional, they will consider these factors when building your plan.

You should look into getting professional help with tax planning long before you retire. The U.S. tax code is thousands of pages of legislation, court rulings, and legal interpretations. And if you’re a high net-worth individual, you’re more likely to pay higher taxes. Luckily, a talented tax professional can help minimize taxes owed. So don’t leave tax planning to the last minute!

Dividends

One of the most common ways to reduce taxes is dividends. Since corporate dividends are paid from after-tax business income, governments typically tax them at a much lower rate than salary or hourly wages. If you are self-employed, you will likely have a few options to move money from your business to your personal accounts. 

This can be complex, and depend on where you live and work. A qualified financial planner will have up-to-date information, along with a knowledge of the relevant laws and conventions in your area. Your financial professional will determine what applies to you, and can help structure your affairs to earn dividends instead of a salary. 

Charitable Giving

Charitable donations are another common vehicle professional financial planners use to reduce taxes. Giving to nonprofits is an honorable thing to do, but it also reduces your tax burden. Tax-conscious investors will often donate their securities directly to an organization; a strategy that may offer many benefits. Be sure to explore these options with your planner. If you have a charity or NGO close to your heart, consider contacting their “planned giving” or legacy advancement offices.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is likely the most important aspect of tax planning at the professional level. Depending on where you live, the “death taxes” you may owe after passing could be quite high, but there are many strategies to minimize taxes at the estate level. Family trusts, foundations, and other corporate structures are often used by financial planners to lower estate taxes, sometimes significantly.

There are countless ways to reduce your tax payments. 401(k) plans are just the start. Your life is bound to change over the course of your working life, and a financial professional can help tailor your plan as needed. 

Whether you have millions or very little, there is a real benefit to professional advice for tax planning. A great financial planner can help you grow your savings and retain more of their value at tax time. Taxes can make an enormous difference in your post-retirement income, so it pays to get advice that may help you achieve more in retirement.

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