RETIREMENT IS A WHOLE NEW phase of life. You’ll experience many new things, and you’ll leave others behind — but what you won’t avoid is taxes. If you’ve followed the advice of retirement plan consultants, you’re probably saving in tax- advantaged retirement accounts. These types of accounts defer taxes until withdrawal, and you’ll probably withdraw funds in retirement. Also, you may have to pay taxes on other types of income: Social Security, pension payments or salary from a part-time job. With that in mind, it makes sense to develop a retirement income strategy.
CONSIDER WHEN TO START TAKING SOCIAL SECURITY. The longer you wait to begin your benefits (up to age 70), the greater your benefits. Remember, though, that currently up to 85 percent of your Social Security income is considered taxable if your income equals more than $34,000 each year.
BE COGNIZANT OF WHAT TAX BRACKET YOU FALL INTO. You may be in a lower tax bracket in retirement, so you’ll want to monitor your income levels (from Social Security, pensions, annuity payments) and any withdrawals to make sure you don’t take out so much you get bumped into a higher bracket.
THINK ABOUT YOUR WITHDRAWAL SEQUENCE. Generally speaking, you should take withdrawals in the following order: Start with your required minimum distributions from retirement accounts. You’re required to take these, after all.
Since you’re paying taxes on taxable accounts, make this the second fund you withdraw from.
Withdraw from tax-deferred retirement accounts like IRAs, 401(k)s or 403(b)s third. You’ll pay income tax on withdrawals, but do this before touching Roth accounts.
Lastly, withdraw from tax-exempt retirement accounts like Roth IRAs or 401(k)s. Saving these accounts for last makes sense, as you can take withdrawals without tax penalties. These accounts can also be used for estate planning.
These factors are complex, and you may want to consult a tax professional to help you apply these tips to your own financial situation. You can test different strategies and see which ones can help you minimize the taxes you’ll pay on your savings and benefits.
The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional financial advice. Always seek the expertise of a certified financial advisor or other qualified provider with any questions you may have regarding personal finance, investment and money-related issues.
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