June 16, 2017
should i use a roth or traditional

How a Properly Planned 401k Can Lower Your Taxes?

If you participate in a qualified 401k plan, you’re among millions of Americans utilizing this option for retirement planning. These plans are a great way to stock away pre-tax dollars to fund your future lifestyle once you retire. A properly planned 401k can also represent an excellent benefit for a business owner as well. Here’s how. The Scenario We recently met with small business clients, along with their CPA. This particular client generates around two-and-a-half million dollars in gross revenue a year. The owners, a husband and wife team, each earn $75,000 a year in W-2 wages, and the business saw a profit of just over $297,000, which is split 50/50 between them. They’re frugal with their money, carrying no debt and spending roughly $6,000 a month on living expenses. This has been the key to their success. The Before and After They’re making almost $450,000 a year in taxable income. Before they incorporated 401k planning into their business model, it wasn’t unusual for them to get tax bills ranging from $150,000 to $180,000 a year. Now, with their 401k plan in place, their combined tax bill was $63,000. We placed $106,000 of their income into the plan. Utilizing employee […]
May 31, 2017
How to set a Financial Goal; Should I use a roth or a traditional

Should I Use a ROTH IRA or a Traditional IRA?

It’s an age-old question when it comes to retirement accounts. Should I use a ROTH or a Traditional IRA? Both are great vehicles to prepare for retirement. However, neither are ALWAYS a perfect fit for everyone. Let me break them down a little further to help you understand the differences and when you might want to choose one over the other. What is the difference? First, you need to know what each account does and how it shelters your money. ROTH IRA’s are the accounts that you place after-tax dollars in. So for example, if you put $5,000 in a ROTH, you’ll get the earnings from that tax-free later in life. Since the money was initially taxed before being placed in the account, it is set up to shield those gains from taxes. Essentially it’s tax-free money for retirement. A Traditional IRA works the exact opposite. The money placed within these types of accounts are pre-tax dollars. Therefore, you’re getting a tax break up front. When you file your taxes, you’ll often get a tax deduction because you chose to fund a Traditional IRA. However, once you begin to withdrawal that money in retirement, the earning from it are fair […]
May 26, 2017
RMD's; retiring early

Retiring Early: Is it Possible?

In my business, I work with all different types of people. They run the gamut. Some are employers, while others are the employees. Some tell me they want to retire early. To that, I then ask them what retiring early means to them. Are we talking late 50s, early 60s, perhaps even early 40s? The key to helping them reach that goal is to know the age that goal needs to be achieved by. Retiring early constitutes walking away from making income, living solely off our assets and whatever income they produce. For our example, let’s say the person wanting to retire early and is looking to do so between 55 and 60. The very first thing to consider is how much is this person going to live off of each of retirement? There’s a calculation that needs to be made on your budgetary requirements based on what you are currently living off of each year. Then we must factor in inflation. We know the cost of living will go up, so it’s vitally necessary to prepare for that when quantifying these numbers for retirement. So if someone is retiring at 50 and they typical spend $50k a year for […]
April 28, 2017
5 Financial Do-Overs I Wish I Had

5 Financial Do-Overs I Wish I Had

Whether they’re personal or financial, life always comes with regrets. How many times in life have you uttered the words, “If I could do that over…” Probably many! Just like you I’ve wished for my fair share of do-overs. So today I’m going to share the 5 financial do-overs I wish I had, in hopes that you won’t make those same mistakes. 5 Financial Do-Overs I Wish I Had I wish I maxed out my ROTH contributions the moment I started making money. — If I’d put back $300-$500 a month back when I first began working at 16 years old, the compound interest alone would be unbelievable. However, like most young folks, I wasn’t looking toward the future. Obviously, I hadn’t grasped the concept of compound interest. Albert Einstein is attributed as saying, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it. He who doesn’t pays it.” Whether he said it or not, the truth behind that quote is undeniable. The power of compound interest is truly mind-blowing. I wish I had hatred of debt, the way I do today. — I hate debt! Hate it! I hate it! Hate it! I hate it! To see the crippling effect […]