Tax changes are causing Americans concern, however very few are doing anything about itNew research from Lincoln Financial reveals that it’s not all about filing taxes on time
RADNOR, Pa., June 26, 2020 – With this year’s new tax deadline (July 15) quickly approaching, Americans are concerned about taxes but it’s not about filing on time1. Nearly 7 out of 10 consumers are concerned that a change in taxes will have an impact on their retirement savings according to research from Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC). And yet, less than a third are currently preparing for the impact of taxes on their investments and retirement accounts2. The good news is that consumers can make smart decisions today that can benefit them in the future.
“Tax planning is a crucial part of retirement planning–something that all too often goes unaccounted for,” said Peter B. Robertson, ChFC, a registered representative with Lincoln Financial Advisors. “Now more than ever, it is important for consumers to work with financial professionals to understand the implications of taxes on their financial future and develop a holistic plan that makes the most sense for their money and ultimately helps reduce the impact of taxes on their retirement.”
As of May 29, over 133 million individual income tax returns have already been filed for 20193. While it may be too late to impact those individual’s tax filings this year, there are strategies that can be put in place to provide tax-advantages in the future.
Planning for Taxes Now and Later
Employer-sponsored retirement plans are not just an effective way to save for the future, they are also the products most often used for tax advantages or benefits4. And while the recent market volatility can be stressful when saving for retirement, it is important for plan participants to remember to stay the course and focus on their long-term goals. Even if an employer reduces or suspends a company match, consumers can continue to contribute to their retirement savings plan and if possible, consider raising their contribution to make up the difference.
In addition to these employer-sponsored retirement plans, consumers should consider other tax-efficient products in their overall retirement portfolio to protect from taxes in the present and in the future.
- An annuity can play a key role in helping to protect savings from today’s — and tomorrow’s — taxes, as consumers work toward planning for a reliable income stream through retirement. The
impact of taxes in the future is unknown; in the face of this uncertainty, a tax diversification strategy that includes an annuity can give consumers the confidence that they will always have income available.
- Life insurance provides valuable tax-free death benefit protection, but certain types of policies also offer the opportunity to accumulate savings on a tax-deferred basis, which can be accessed later in life through income-tax free policy loans and withdrawals for needs such as supplemental retirement income. Tax-advantaged cash value life insurance can provide an important financial resource that helps diversify your retirement portfolio without affecting an individual’s income tax bracket, Medicare premiums, Social Security tax, capital gains or modified adjusted gross income.
- Long-term care/elder care is the top retirement risk the respondents felt unprepared for5. Today many different types of private long-term care funding solutions are available that may help mitigate the costs of care events. Hybrid life insurance/long-term care policies are growing in popularity in the marketplace offering income tax-free reimbursements for qualified long-term care expenses or an income tax-free death benefit if care is not needed.
More than two thirds of adults have yet to talk to a financial professional about how to minimize exposure to taxes6. By working with a financial professional, consumers can identify tax strategies to protect and grow retirement income and savings.
For more tax-related financial planning information, as well as how to create an overall financial plan, visit Lincolnfinancial.com.