Taxes And Investments

The single biggest expenditure that most individuals face is fees. Google “tax independence day” and you’ll find the amount of days you work during the year merely to pay taxes. That day was April 23 In 2017; or 114 days (about 1/3 of the year) before you start to keep what you earn.

The Tax Foundation estimated that you work January to pay off federal taxes. February In, you pay Social Security, Medicare, other payroll taxes, and state income tax. In March, you pay state and local sales fees, property fees, and excise taxes. The first 23 times in April paid corporate income taxes (through higher prices on goods/services), automobile taxes, and severance and estate taxes.

Given the impact of fees on an individual’s financial well- being, taxes discussions warrant a debate in financial planning. If possible legally, avoid fees. If avoidance is extremely hard, defer the taxes to sometime in the foreseeable future. If deferral is extremely hard, pay the tax at the very least tax rate possible.

The tax and investing implications above can best be exemplified by contributions to a 401(k) defined contribution plan. Contributions into a 401(k) plan are not counted as taxable income in the entire year earned. Those efforts are excluded from taxable gross income for the entire year (avoid taxes). Contributions develop taxes deferred in the 401(k); no taxes are paid until money is withdrawn from the plan (taxes deferral).

Retirement plan distributions are usually mandated by age 70 ½ (well past the normal retirement for most individuals). Assuming the average person is retired, income should be lower than in working years, and, tax rates should be less (pay leastwise tax rate). Tax circumstances is highly recommended in the financial planning process in the context of trading. Different investments are more suitable in specific investment accounts than others.

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There are specific taxes consequences associated with these two types of accounts that could impact investments in each. When money is withdrawn from the account, the money (tax deferred efforts plus all income on those efforts) is taxed at regular income rates. Losses on investments in the account aren’t deductible against ordinary income or other investment benefits.

Taxable investment accounts-Current taxes are due depending on activities in the account during the season. Investments in the accounts which can be purchased within one year at a profit are taxable as common income. Investments in the account which are sold after one year at a profit are taxable at a lower, long-term capital gains tax rate. Some dividends and interest are considered “qualified” and are taxable at lower tax rates. The characteristics above can provide some general recommendations for investments in specific types of accounts.

Those investments less at the mercy of loss of concept and more steady income (bonds) would be more suitable in taxes deferred accounts. Investments at the mercy of possible significant fluctuations in value (positive or negative) such as stock would be more appropriate in taxable accounts. They are general guidelines Again; specific circumstances may make deviations from the rule appropriate entirely. Financial planning also needs to include possible tax consequences of estate transfer. 11 million per person, that increase may expire in 2027 or with other political changes. We at Paragon Financial Advisors help our clients minimize the tax consequences on financial planning. Of course, we recommend that specific actions associated with particular customer circumstances be discussed with the client’s tax professional. Paragon Financial Advisors is a fee only authorized investment advisory company located in College Station, TX. You can expect financial planning and investment management services to your clients.