A major goal of tax planning is minimizing federal income tax liability. This can be achieved by reducing taxable income through income deferral or shifting. Deduction planning, investment tax planning, and year-end planning strategies can also reduce your overall income tax burden.
Investment tax planning involves evaluating how to best position assets in order to minimize the amount of taxes you have to pay on an ongoing basis. This requires year-round planning, and it begins with an in-depth understanding of the tax implications of various investments and investment strategies, including the treatment of wash sales, tax-exempt investments, gain and losses, 1031 exchanges, qualified dividends, tax straddles, tax-deferred investing, passive income and losses, and mutual fund taxation.
If you give away wealth, during life or at death, you may incur federal taxes – and possibly additional state taxes. These taxes include gift, estate, income, and inheritances taxes. You can help protect the assets you transfer from excessive depletion by understanding these taxes and the various strategies you can use to minimize them.
Tax issues are never far from the mind of the business owner, and it's likely that many of the decisions you make will be tax-based. It starts with the formation of your business and continues through the sale. Your choice of business entity, how you pay out profits to the owners, and your accounting decision will all have an effect on your tax liability.
Some events in life- retirement, for example- come with tax considerations. Life event planning focus on the impact of significant events on your life, as well as on the stages of your wealth management plan.