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Lowering Taxes Today Without Increasing Them Later

It is tax time once again and like many, you are probably trying to figure out ways to reduce your taxable burden. If you are a business owner, then you know that there are a myriad of ways that can reduce what is owed to Uncle Sam, but in order to implement these strategies, you have to be working with the right CPA. The majority of qualified accountants will tell you that the most basic and common way to reduce your tax liability is to put a tax-deductible investment plan in place for the business. However, if you are like most people and think taxes are going up, then putting money into these types of plans could mean you are tax deducting yourself into a higher tax bracket later on. This scenario is a great deal for the government, a higher tax rate and growth on the account just means more money for them. Instead of investing money into a plan that is great for the government, why not invest in plan that is great for you? When you meet with your tax-qualified professional this year, ask what other plans are available for your business and if you should consider something else. There are many plans out there that you may have not heard of and I would like to spotlight one of them that you might want to share with your accountant.

The best way to explain this plan is to think about this scenario: if you were given the task of writing legislation to come up with another tax deductible investment plan, what language would you have in it? I would write a plan that allows contributions to be tax-deducted, grow tax-deferred and then when withdrawals are taken, they come out tax-free. I would also have the plan participate in market growth with no downside and I would want this investment to be protected from creditors. In addition, I would want the cash available to me without having to wait until age 59½ and there would be no 70½ rule that mandates withdrawals from this account. Finally, I would want a plan that allows flexibility on choosing the degree in which employees can participate. All this sounds too good to be true, right? Well, believe it or not, this type of plan has already been written into the tax code. There are different requirements and restrictions in place, but for the most part, the good outweighs the bad.

If you do not have a qualified tax professional, our firm has developed strategic relationships with community members and we would be happy to assist you in locating a tax advisor to talk this type of plan over. If your tax advisor is not familiar with this type of plan, we would be happy to go over the details in greater length with you personally. FBN

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