1For federal income-tax purposes, life insurance death benefits generally pay income tax-free to beneficiaries pursuant to IRC Section 101(a)(1). In certain situations, however, life insurance death benefits may be partially or wholly taxable. Situations include, but are not limited to: the transfer of a life insurance policy for valuable consideration unless the transfer qualifies for an exception under IRC Section 101(a)(2) (i.e., the transfer-for-value rule); arrangements that lack an insurable interest based on state law; and an employer-owned policy unless the policy qualifies for an exception under IRC Section 101(j).
Can be used to help meet long-term expenses by generating tax-free income in retirement. Although clients pay taxes up front at today’s known rates, they may potentially eliminate any income tax on account earnings when withdrawn.
Generally, for earnings from a Roth IRA account to be distributed tax-free, the Roth IRA holder must have held the account for five years AND either attained age 59½, become disabled, passed away, or qualified for a first-time home-purchase exception.
When clients transition from their working to later years, their financial focus often shifts from growing assets to ensuring they are managing their investments in a way that maximizes retirement income. To achieve that goal, the purpose of thinking in terms of “asset location” should shift from “where should I locate assets?” to “from which locations (accounts) should I withdraw assets?” Consider reviewing the following scenarios with your clients:
While doing some financial planning with your financial professional, you and your spouse realize that after Social Security benefits and pension payments, you’ll need to withdraw a net $13,500 from savings to meet living expenses. Which account should you withdraw from? If the goal is to minimize income taxes and help make your retirement savings last, it may be a good idea to withdraw from the tax-free account. Why?
In this hypothetical example, if you withdraw from the tax-deferred account, it will deplete your savings by an additional $1,840 (12% tax rate). Withdrawing $15,340 would allow you to receive a net $13,500. In contrast, the tax-free account would only require $13,500 to be withdrawn without any additional federal tax.
Now, let’s add another hypothetical consideration to the previous example. You and your spouse’s annual taxable income from sources other than savings—specifically, long-term capital gains from the installment sale of a business, your pension, and the taxable portion of Social Security benefits—is $68,500.
The takeaway from this example: Let clients know that moving to a higher income-tax bracket not only impacts taxation on ordinary income, but may also result in paying:
The above is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment, tax, or legal advice. Information is based on current laws, which are subject to change at any time. Clients should consult with their accounting or tax professionals for guidance regarding their specific financial situations.
Under current law, a nonqualified annuity that is owned by an individual is generally entitled to tax deferral. IRAs and qualified plans - such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s - are already tax-deferred. Therefore, a deferred annuity should be used only to fund an IRA or qualified plan to benefit from the annuity's features other than tax deferral. These include lifetime income, death benefit options, and the ability to transfer among investment options without sales or withdrawal charges.
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