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Missed Fortune – A Tax-free Retirement Is Still Possible

Posted on | April 22, 2013

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Tax Hikes Are Just Beginning

The Tax Policy Center is reporting that roughly 77% of American households will pay more this year in taxes. This is due, in part to the agreement Congress passed on New Years Day in order to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Here’s why this is so. A number of Bush era tax cuts were temporarily extended, while others were allowed to expire. It was reported that the tax hikes in the legislation would only affect those with incomes of $400,000 a year or more. But the bill’s true impact goes well beyond that.

Even if Congress goes the rest of the year without another tax hike, virtually taxpayer is still paying another $500-$1,000 more in taxes this year.

This bill supposedly saved 99% of Americans from a tax hike, but we’ll all be paying more because the Social Security payroll tax cuts were allowed to expire. This is a roughly $1,000 tax increase to workers making $50,000 a year.

FICA and Medicare withholding all the way from 4.2% back up to 6.2%. This means that most Americans will experience a 50% increase in the amount withheld from their checks for Social Security and Medicare.

Other fallout included increases in capital gains and dividends for high income earners such as married couples filing jointly and earning over $70,000 annually and single earners making more than $35,000. The capital gains increased from 15% to 20%. And, finally, there was a phase out of the itemized deductions and the addition of a health care surtax of 3.5% that went into effect on all investment income.

While the higher income earners are taking it on the chin, every income earner is noticing that they are paying more in taxes this year.

The fiscal cliff may have been avoided, but serious issues like the debt ceiling and spending cuts were never even addressed. This means that economic uncertainty will continue for now.

This is prompting many Americans to consider what is happening to their taxes and to explore what they can do to immunize themselves from the effects of future tax increases.

Tax Hike Immunity Is the Answer

What if the prospect of Congress raising taxes was something you could simply shrug off as irrelevant? How would it feel to know that your retirement money was immune from tax hikes and continuing market volatility? Would you sleep a little better at night knowing that you had taken the steps to protect it?

People who are keeping their retirement money in IRAs and 401(k)s will not have this luxury. This is because their money is being accumulated in a tax-deferred vehicle that will subject them to those anticipated rising tax rates the moment they begin taking their distributions.

Not only will they be facing almost certain higher tax rates, but they’ll also have fewer deductions to offset their tax liabilities. Their homes will have been paid off; their dependents will have left the nest, etc. It’s entirely possible that many retirees will find themselves paying more in taxes during retirement than they did during their working years.

They’ll also be dealing with the effects of rising inflation that is shrinking the purchasing power of every dollar they’ve saved.

And with their retirement savings in an IRA or 401(k), their nest egg will be exposed to the economic uncertainty and market volatility that has been so common for the past 10 years.

On the other hand, there are people who have learned how to get their money out of their IRA or 401(k) through a strategic rollout, pay their tax debt now at the lower rate and get their money safely into a vehicle where it can accumulate tax-free from then on.

They’ve learned how to beat the ravages of inflation by tying their returns to those things that inflate. And they’ve learned how protect every dime of their principal through indexing strategies that allow them to participate in every market upside, but protects them during those years when the market declines.

Immunity from higher taxes, rising inflation and continuing economic uncertainty is a result of learning and applying the right strategies and a conscious refusal to keep following the herd.

Take the essential first step and visit with a wealth architect today.

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