It’s a fact of life that your hard-earned income is always subject to local, state, and federal taxes. Your #1 strategy to help mitigate taxes is to have a comprehensive financial plan in place that ensures thoughtful tax planning in San Antonio, TX.
Use our tax planning guide to learn about ways you can protect your wealth and pursue your financial goals with the assistance of a Texas financial advisor.
This article will cover seven strategies that can help you reduce your tax burden:
- Focus on long-term investing
- Claim tax credits and/or deductions relevant to you
- Maximize contributions to employer-sponsored retirement accounts
- Consider investing in municipal bonds
- Consider starting a business
- Consider creating a Health Savings Account (HSA)
- Make charitable contributions
What is comprehensive financial planning?
Comprehensive financial planning includes a review of all aspects of your life, including your income, taxes, liabilities, and financial goals. From there, a plan is devised to address each aspect of your life as you move through various stages of your life (e.g., working years, pre-retirement, and retirement).
A comprehensive financial plan serves as a road map of your financial life, with an emphasis on tax planning! As you look to grow your nest egg for a Texas retirement, let’s explore these tax planning strategies that can be a part of your customized, comprehensive financial plan.
1. Focus on long-term investments and capital gains
Investing is one of the most vital tools in growing your wealth because many investments can provide favorable tax treatment for long-term capital gains. This includes stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, etc.
Holding a capital asset for more than one year can provide you with a preferential tax rate of 0%, 15%, or 20% on the capital gain, which is dependent upon your income level. The capital gain is taxed at ordinary income rates if the asset is held for under a year before selling.
Your financial advisor can assist in educating you about short-term versus long-term investments and associated capital gains rates.
2. Claim IRS tax deductions and tax credits
Claiming federal tax credits and tax deductions on your tax return can potentially reduce the tax amount you owe each year.
There are various credits for individuals to claim, which can be categorized into family and dependent, income and savings, homeowner, healthcare, and education.
Deductions can reduce your income amount before calculating taxes owed, which include categories of work-related, itemized, education, healthcare, and investment related.
Talk to a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) in Texas who knows your financial situation to determine what credits and deductions might benefit you.
3. Max out retirement account contributions
It may help to know that most retirement plan contribution limits are indexed to inflation. While these limits don’t increase annually, they generally do every year or two. Because inflation skyrocketed up to 9.1% in July, the 2023 contribution limits for many IRA accounts will increase.
The 401(k) and 403(b) total employee contribution limits for those under 50 will increase to $22,500 in 2023 from $20,500 in 2022. The catch-up contribution limit will go up to $7,500 in 2023 from $6,500. If you're over 50, your 401(k) employee contribution limit looks to be $30,000 for next year.
Those who do not have a retirement plan through an employer can receive a tax break by contributing up to $6,000 ($7,000 for those 50 and older) to a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) in 2022. The Traditional and Roth IRA contribution limit will go up to $6,500 in 2023.
Depending on your income, taxpayers with retirement plans in the workplace could possibly deduct a portion or all of their traditional IRA contribution from taxable income. Reach out to a financial advisor at PAX to discuss your adjusted gross income and your tax filing status to determine your best course of action.
4. Explore municipal bonds
Purchasing municipal bonds basically means lending money to a local or state governmental entity over a predetermined period for a specific number of tax-free interest payments. Upon its maturity, you will receive the full amount of the investment. Depending on where you live, tax exemptions may be available at local and state levels.
The tax-equivalent yield makes municipal bonds attractive to many investors, and the higher your tax bracket, the higher your tax-equivalent yield.
5. Consider starting a business from your passion or side hustle
There are many tax advantages to operating a business, small or large. An essential task to reduce your tax burden is to deduct your daily business expenses from your income. For self-employed individuals, this can include health insurance premiums, home office deductions, and a portion of utilities/internet.
Of course, your business must be profitable in order to claim any of the above deductions. If you have employees working under you, talk to us about the Secure Act, where tax incentives are offered to employers who opt in for multiple-employer plans and extend retirement options to employees.
6. Use a Health Savings Account (HSA)
If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan through your employer, you might want to investigate using a health savings account (HSA) to reduce taxes. HSA contributions, much like your 401(k), are deducted through payroll and excluded from your taxable income.
The maximum deductible contribution level for individuals for 2022 is $3,650 and $7,300 for families.
For 2023, the maximum deductible contribution level for individuals is $3,850 and $7,750 for families.
Your HSA funds can grow without paying tax on the earnings, and if used to pay for qualified medical expenses, withdrawals are also tax-free. The new limit for expected benefit health reimbursement arrangements (EBHRAs) in 2023 is $1,950. Individuals over age 55 with an HSA can contribute an extra $1,000 per year as a “catch-up” contribution.
Discuss your health insurance premiums with a financial advisor to see what makes sense for you and your family.
Making charitable contributions can help you receive tax breaks while helping others—it’s a win-win! Doing so can reduce taxes for both estates and individuals by effectively reducing income tax liability because it allows you to deduct the donations from your gross income (before deductions). Discuss donating property or charity cash with a financial advisor in San Antonio, Texas.
The first step towards building tax strategies is working with an experienced Texas financial advisor who puts your best interests first. At PAX, we understand the importance of trust when handling your finances. Our team upholds the fiduciary standard which allows us to deliver unbiased financial services.
Let us show you how comprehensive financial planning with an emphasis on tax planning in San Antonio, TX, can help you pursue financial independence! If you earn more than $100K annually and don't want your hard-earned income impeded by taxes, give us a call or schedule your appt. today!
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