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End of Year Tax Planning Strategies Part 3: Contributions

End of Year Tax Planning Strategies Part 3: Contributions

| November 20, 2020
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If you read my first two posts, you learned about potentially avoiding taxable gains from mutual funds and tax loss harvesting.  The third strategy is making charitable gift and contributions to 529 plans; which must be done before the end of the year.  If you donate an asset such as a stock to a charity rather than cash, you can potentially avoid paying tax on the capital gains.  For example, if you bought Facebook for $100 and it is now worth $300, you can potentially donate the stock directly to a charity and avoid paying the capital gains tax if you owned the stock for more than a year and the charity is a recognized not for profit or donor advised fund.  If you were to sell the stock and make a cash contribution, you will owe taxes on the $200 gain.  New York 529 plan contributions are deductible on your NYS tax filing by up to $10,000.  

In addition, I included information regarding changes coming ahead for next year.  On October 26, the Treasury Department released the 2021 adjusted figures for retirement account savings. Although these adjustments won’t bring any major changes, there are some minor elements to note.

401(k)s
The salary deferral amount for 401(k)s remains the same at $19,500, while the catch-up amount of $6,500 also remains unchanged. However, the overall limit for these plans will increase from $57,000 to $58,000 in 2021.1

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)
The limit on annual contributions remains at $6,000 for 2021, and the catch-up contribution limit is also unchanged at $1,000.2

Roth IRA
Roth IRA account holders will experience some slightly beneficial changes. In 2021, the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) phase-out range will be $198,000 to $208,000 for couples filing jointly. This will be an increase from the 2020 range of $196,000 to $206,000. For those who file as single or as head of household, the income phase-out range has also increased. The new range for 2021 will be $125,000 to $140,000, up from the current range of $124,000 to $139,000.3

Although these modest increases won’t impact many, it’s natural to have questions anytime the financial landscape changes. If you’re curious about any of the above, give me a call at the number below for more information.

1. IRS.gov, October 26, 2020
2. IRS.gov, October 26, 2020
3. IRS.gov, October 26, 2020

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