Taxes are best managed in relation to a life-long plan. Would you rather pay more today while you’re earning more, or do you want to possibly pay more in the future when retired? The answer to this question is a driving factor towards the allocation of your assets between three major tax “buckets”:
Many people save consistently into the tax deferred “bucket” through their company 401(k) during their careers only to find that during retirement, their withdrawals from their IRA are taxed at their prevailing income tax rate.
Instead of putting all of your nest eggs in one basket, you can consider strategically distributing between the three categories. This could allow you to utilize the benefits of a graduated tax system for income and the benefits of lower tax rates for capital gains and dividends combined with the potential for tax-free income. The result can help you address your effective tax rate in retirement and provide the opportunity to “Build Your Own Paycheck”.
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