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Foresight is 2020: Year-End Tax Planning and Beyond

Foresight is 2020: Year End Tax Planning and Beyond

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
December 27, 2019 Category: Tax Planning, End Of Year Taxes, Taxes

It can be challenging to think through all the tax planning you need to do by the end of the year. There’s a lot to consider, and although it may seem early to think about taxes, now is the perfect time to make changes for tax filing after the new year. I always tell my clients, call me well before the new year, so we have time to plan ahead. After the new year, there’s nothing you can do about last year’s taxes.   One of the strategies our clients find most helpful are bunching deductions. Essentially, that means accelerating your write-offs into one year to try to get above the standard deduction. That was a challenge for many people last year since it was the first time for all of us filing under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, but this year the only change is a slightly increased standard deduction over last year - $24,400 for Married Filing Jointly, and $12,200 if you’re single. And, by bunching charitable gifts, medical expenses, or even your state and local taxes into one year, you may be able to realize significant savings. Just keep in mind real estate and state and local taxes are still capped at $10,000.   Another useful strategy is what’s call the Backdoor Roth. Essentially, this is a way for people with high incomes to sidestep the Roth’s income limits. Basically, you fund a traditional IRA and then convert it. That’s good news because it then allows your money to grow tax-free. But, it can be complicat

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