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These reduce taxes on your retirement savings

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2021 | Estate Planning |

The act of saving is enough to avoid taxes on the income you expect to have in retirement. Retirement accounts are themselves at the forefront of tax reduction strategies. If you lack a retirement fund, then now is not too late to get one. The state of Connecticut honors your savings as tax-free if it enters an arrangement for retirement. Avoiding taxes, in most cases, requires you to save for retirement specifically.

Here are some things to know about avoiding taxes while building your wealth.

Paying versus deferring

Paying taxes is ultimately required even if your tax is waived later on. Deferring taxes, instead, is the best strategy for tax reduction and is what retirement accounts offer. A tax bill that you owe today but pay later on isn’t considered deferred. Instead, deferring relates to waiting until a future date before an asset is even taxable. In other words, deferred accounts allow you to secure wealth while not having it taxed as it builds.

Strictly look for retirement accounts

Yes, it’s possible to build a trust to defer taxes, but retirement funds must align to accounts that you withdraw while alive. It is only when your retirement is finally started that your readied accounts are seen by the IRS as taxable. Delaying the tax status is possible when your accounts are all in retirement classes. These assets are among the options you have that remain taxed deferred until your withdrawals begin:

  • IRAs
  • 401(k)s
  • Self-directed IRAs
  • 403(b)s

As a tax reduction strategy, using your tax refunds for retirement reduces your tax rate. The IRS reports it when you choose to put tax refunds toward retirement. The incentive to do so is a reduced tax—in relation to what you can withdraw later on.