Tax Tip of the Week: Maximizing Tax Savings through Income Deferral Strategies

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Tax Tip of the Week | July 19, 2023 | Maximizing Tax Savings through Income Deferral Strategies

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Here is an interesting article on tax savings through income deferral strategies that we had CHAT GPT create.  Please be sure to contact your tax provider for more information.

 -Lance Bradstreet

One effective way to reduce your current tax liability and increase your tax savings is by utilizing income deferral strategies. By deferring income, you can postpone the recognition of taxable income to a future tax year, potentially benefiting from lower tax rates, maximizing deductions, or taking advantage of other tax planning opportunities. Here are some key income deferral strategies to consider:

  1. Retirement Contributions: Contributing to retirement accounts is a common and powerful income deferral strategy. Contributions to traditional retirement plans, such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) or 401(k)s, are typically tax-deductible, reducing your taxable income for the current year. Additionally, the earnings on these contributions grow tax-deferred until withdrawal, allowing your investments to potentially grow more significantly over time.
  2. Deferred Compensation Plans: If your employer offers a deferred compensation plan, such as a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan or a 457(b) plan, consider participating. These plans allow you to defer a portion of your salary or bonuses until a future date, typically retirement. By deferring income, you can potentially benefit from lower tax rates during retirement when your income may be lower.
  3. Business Income Deferral: If you're a business owner or self-employed, you may have the flexibility to defer income by delaying the receipt of payments.  Consult with your tax advisor to ensure compliance with accounting methods and regulations.
  4. Installment Sales: If you're selling a large asset, such as real estate or a business, consider structuring the sale as an installment sale. Instead of receiving the full payment upfront, you can spread the recognition of income over multiple years as you receive payments from the buyer. This can help reduce your taxable income in the year of the sale, potentially minimizing your overall tax liability.
  5. Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ): Investing in Qualified Opportunity Zones can provide significant tax benefits, including income deferral. By investing capital gains into a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF), you can defer the tax on those gains until the earlier of December 31, 2026, or the date you sell your QOF investment. Furthermore, if you hold the QOF investment for at least ten years, you may be eligible for a step-up in basis, potentially eliminating any taxable gain on the appreciation of the QOF investment.
  6. Timing of Bonuses and Stock Options: If you have control over the timing of receiving bonuses or exercising stock options, consider deferring them to a future year with a lower tax rate. This strategy can be particularly advantageous if you anticipate a lower income level in the subsequent year, such as during a planned sabbatical or retirement.

While income deferral strategies can be powerful tax planning tools, it's essential to consult with a qualified tax advisor or accountant before implementing them. They can help ensure you comply with relevant tax laws, consider your specific circumstances, and develop a strategy tailored to your financial goals.

Remember, income deferral strategies are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and their effectiveness may vary depending on your individual circumstances and changes in tax laws. Working with a professional will help you make informed decisions and maximize your tax savings while staying compliant with tax regulations.

Credit goes to CHAT GPT, May 23, 2023
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This Week’s Author, Lance Bradstreet

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