Year-End Tax and Investment PlanningSubmitted by LWM | Linden Wealth Management LLC on October 21st, 2020
Year-End Tax and Investment Planning
By taking a proactive role in tax and investment planning, you can save yourself a lot in taxes, improve returns, and ensure that more money remains working toward your goals — and less going to the IRS.
The end of the year is the perfect time to review financial planning needs with a professional. The checklist below can help you review your investment portfolio, assess year-end tax planning opportunities, review retirement goals, and manage wealth transfer and legacy plans. You may also want to consult a tax professional as you comprehensively consider your options.
The 2020 Year-End Planning Checklist:
✓ Investment Portfolios
- Recognize capital gains/losses.
- Review strategies to avoid wash loss sales.
- Consider executive compensation provisions.
- Rebalance portfolios.
✓ Income Tax
- Manage income tax brackets.
- Lower taxable income for closely-held business owners.
- Ensure appropriate tax withholding.
- Reduce AMT liability.
- Evaluate state income/estate taxes.
✓ Retirement Planning
- Fund retirement accounts.
- Contribute to health savings accounts.
- Fund Roth accounts for children.
- Weigh Roth conversions.
- Review beneficiary designations.
- Weigh retirement account distributions and withdrawal strategies.
- Review benefit selections for Social Security and Medicare.
✓ Wealth Transfer and Legacy Planning
- Make annual gifts.
- Fund 529 plans.
- Fund charitable giving.
- Consider Donar Advised Funds.
- Elect qualified IRA charitable distributions.
- Consider advanced estate planning strategies.
- Conduct family meetings/mission statements.
☼ Creative Planning Solutions
Investors might not realize the full breadth of planning solutions and options available to them. Each individual's situation is different, but we all share a similar objective of minimizing investment taxes when possible by taking full advantage of tax-deferred and tax-advantaged accounts. A few ideas:
- Converting your triple tax-advantaged health savings account (HSA), where contributions, growth, and withdrawals are all tax-free, into an investment account with annual contribution limits for families up to $7,100 or $8,100 for those over 55.
- Opening an HSA for adult children who have income and are still on their parent's plan with contributions up to $7,100.
- Solo 401-k for sole proprietors or those working with a spouse with annual contributions up to $63,000, including a Roth feature.
- Backdoor Roth contributions or conversions for individuals or couples with incomes above $124,000 and $196,000, respectively, with the desire to minimize future retirement taxes.
- Spousal IRA contributions for non-working spouses.
- Roth contributions for children with earned income.
- Front-loading 529 educational accounts to take full advantage of tax-deductions plus tax-free investment growth.
- Donor-Advised Funds (DAF) and qualified IRA charitable contributions to maximize charitable giving and deductions.
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