Roth accounts play a very important role in creating a tax-diversified retirement savings strategy, providing tax-free income during retirement. Because Roth accounts are funded with after-tax contributions, they grow completely free of income taxes. As a result, we work with many clients to maximize the amount accumulated within Roth accounts under the principle that accumulating as much money in Roth accounts as soon as possible allows for the most tax-free growth. The most common ... [Continue Reading]
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The nature of estate planning is that it is truly an ongoing process. It's prudent to review and periodically update plans in light of numerous factors. Health, family changes, and changes in related laws are a few of the most common reasons you may want to update your plan. A recent law, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, includes significant changes that could have an impact on your estate plan. It is therefore very important that existing documents ... [Continue Reading]
In late December, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law. As a result, now is an ideal time to revisit retirement and wealth distribution plans to ensure they are in alignment with the new rules, and explore the opportunities created by these changes to help you further establish your legacy. Because the SECURE Act also impacts trusts that are named beneficiaries, now is also an excellent time to reexamine your estate plan. Below is our ... [Continue Reading]
Carlson Capital Management works with many clients each year to implement a Roth IRA conversion strategy in which a portion of their tax deferred accounts (i.e. 401(k), IRA) are converted to a Roth IRA. Generally speaking, the long-term benefits of a conversion strategy are measured by comparing the amount of taxes paid today upon conversion versus the taxes avoided in the future on all of the investment earnings and growth accruing after the conversion. Many will avoid paying the taxes today on ... [Continue Reading]