With year-end quickly approaching, we encourage our clients to take advantage of key financial planning moves to stay on track. Whether you are a retiree, a young earner, or at the midway point of your career, consider whether you should address some of these money moves before December 31.
Tax Loss Harvesting Before the New Year
Suppose you have a non-qualified brokerage account with securities trading in an unrealized loss position. In that case, you may benefit from this strategy by selling some of your securities at a loss and immediately reinvesting the money into a similar asset. Capital losses can be used to offset capital gains, and the unused losses will carry forward into future years. In addition, taxpayers can use up to $3,000 per year of capital losses to offset ordinary taxable income.
If your income this year is lower than initially anticipated, consider shifting assets from your IRA into a Roth IRA. We encourage our clients to use today’s low tax brackets, and Roth conversion can be an excellent way to do so. An added benefit of Roth conversion is that you would do it during a year when the market is down, meaning the future growth on assets in the Roth IRA would be tax-free.
Max Fund Your Workplace Retirement Plan
Take a look at your paystub and make sure you are maxing out your workplace retirement plan (i.e., 401k, Roth/401k and 403b). The maximum contribution in 2022 is $20,500 (or $27,000 for those over age 50).
Purchase Series I Savings Bonds
Series I Saving bonds are issued by the United States Treasury, and taxpayers can purchase in increments up to a maximum of $10,000 per calendar year. For savings bonds issued from November 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023, the interest rate is 6.89%.
Contribute to a 529 College Savings Plan
If you have kids or grandkids, consider funding their 529 plan. Some states offer generous tax benefits on contributions, so it is important to know the specific details and requirements before funding.
If you’ve been considering gifting money to a family member, remember to keep in mind the annual $16,000 annual gift exclusion. If you’re married, you can do a split gift with your spouse, whereby you can each make a $16,000 gift without having to file a Federal Gift Tax Return.
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