Retirement Planning - Plan Ahead Now, Reap the Benefits Later
Whether you're already retired, close to it, or just getting started in your career, it's never too early to start thinking about retirement planning. Unfortunately, for many people life gets in the way and retirement planning is put on the back burner, until suddenly, retirement is right around the corner.
Some of the benefits of starting your retirement planning now instead of later include:
- Providing long-term security for your family's future
- Tax-free contributions - Pre-tax contributions are subject to income tax only after withdrawal, typically when you retire
- Protection from bankruptcy creditors if you need to declare bankruptcy
- Selection of retirement plans (IRAs, SIMPLE Plans, SEP plans, Keogh plans, and 401(K) plans to name a few) to meet everyone's needs
The key to successful retirement planning is an understanding your current financial situation and projecting future needs and developing a plan to make sure it happens. If you've already started saving for retirement, how do you know you're saving enough to live the comfortable lifestyle you deserve? Are your income expectations realistic? Are you sure you have your money in the right retirement plan for you?
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Tax rules regarding retirement plans are complex however. Each benefit plan has specific requirements as outlined by the IRS and not every plan can be used by everyone. For example, contributions limits vary by the type of plan, your income, and your age. Some plans may require withdrawals at a certain age, while others have no age limit. Some withdrawals are taxed at retirement, whereas others are tax free. You'll need to understand the tax implications of your retirement planning choices.
That's why it's best to have a tax professional like me on your retirement planning team. I will work in concert with your financial planner or investment advisor to ensure that any retirement structure meets your needs and takes the best advantage of the tax laws.
Here's what I do for you:
- Evaluate your current financial situation, including assets and liabilities to achieve an overall value for your estate
- Calculate the best way to withdraw funds from your 401K, IRA, Roth IRA, and other retirement plans, for example lump sum or installments over a certain period of years
- Create a budget that meets your retirement goals
- Review your individual Social Security account to determine what you can expect to receive toward your overall retirment income portfolio
- Figure out which retirement plan works best for you and your family.
- Determine whether you (or your small business) qualifies for a tax credit for contributing to an IRA
Start Planning Your Financial Future Now
There's no time like the present to start planning your financial future. If you're ready to start planning for your retirement years, give me a call. Don't wait until it is too late. We'll help you plan for what to expect in your retirement years.