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Is Your Tax Plan Working for You?

Is Your Tax Plan Working for You

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
February 12, 2020 Category: General, Tax, Tax Planning, Tax Strategies

It’s that time of year again - tax season is upon us, and we want to remind everyone of some strategies you may be able to take advantage of on your 2019 tax return.  A strategy that many find helpful is bunching deductions, which is essentially accelerating your write offs into one year to try to get above the standard deduction. Last year was the first time for all of us filing under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which doubled the standard the previous standard deduction from tax year 2016. 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.  By bunching charitable gifts, medical expenses, or even your state and local taxes into one year, you may be able to realize significant savings. However, just keep in mind real estate and state and local taxes are still capped at $10,000.  Many people also take advantage of gifting appreciated securities. For example, even if you only paid $10,000 for a security, but it’s now valued at $20,000, you can write off the whole $20,000. This allows you to help both your favorite charity, and your bottom line.  Another often overlooked strategy is what’s known as a Backdoor Roth. 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. This can benefit you because it allows your money to grow tax

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