Tag: ExecFIT

Arm Up Your 401K: The Executive Approach

Since their inception in the late 1970s, 401K plans have over-taken the traditional pension plan to become the cornerstone of most Americans’ retirement savings plans. In that time period, they have helped Americans save more than $4.7 trillion for retirement.[i]

However, in reality, many Americans can’t rely solely on their workplace 401K to generate decades of retirement income. The annual contribution limits on any single retirement savings vehicle are simply just too low to accommodate the anticipated retirement needs of high-income earners.

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Why Financial Planning for Corporate Executives is Just Plain Different

The corporate executive is a rare breed. As individuals, they are highly successful, detail-oriented, hold themselves to incredibly high standards, and are well compensated for their talents and tenacity. According to The Fidelity Millionaire Outlook Series, corporate executives represent the largest percentage of all millionaire households nationwide.

If you are a corporate executive, you understand the tight demands on your time, and how hard it is to stay as on top of your personal finances with the daily demands of your job. From a professional standpoint, your job structure and compensation package also presents unique challenges that other high-net worth individuals don’t encounter.

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Navigating Open Enrollment Options: Separating the Winners from the Losers

Fall is the time of year when many Americans are asked to make important decisions regarding their benefit plans for the upcoming year. Choosing a benefit plan is challenging from both a personal and financial perspective. On the one hand, it’s impossible to predict with any level of certainty which benefit plans you might need, but you also don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars for coverage that goes unused. Herein lies the challenge: weighing the risks and benefits of the options, then committing to the plan that fits best. Are you ready to select your family’s 2021 benefits? How will you even know what to look for? Here are some tips that may help you decide.  

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9 Year-End Tax Tips

This year marks our second year living with the sweeping tax law changes passed at the end of 2017, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  How did you fare under the new tax law, or do you know?

Many tax payers had pleasant surprises when they filed their 2018 returns, with smaller tax bills and/or larger refunds than usual.  But some tax payers felt like they didn’t benefit from the tax cuts at all.  As we met with clients in 2019, we found that for some of those clients the total tax paid was in fact higher, but due to higher income levels (from a strong economy and stock market), while tax rates actually did decline from pre-2018 levels. Unfortunately, for a significant minority of our clients, both rates and taxes paid were higher due to limitations on mortgage interest deductions, the elimination of personal exemptions and the cap on state and local tax deductions (the so called “SALT” deductions). 

Regardless of which camp you found yourself in after filing your 2018 taxes, there is still time to minimize what you will owe for 2019 with smart planning.  We have listed 9 tips to consider between now and year-end.

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Are you Paying More Than You Need in Taxes?

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, which became effective for tax years starting in 2018, significantly impacted many taxpayers. The change impacting the most taxpayers was the enhanced standard deduction and loss of many itemized deductions. Tax forms were also presented differently making it difficult for taxpayers who reviewed their returns in detail to compare year-to-year. While there were many changes, there are still some important tax savings strategies that may help you pay less in taxes. Which ones apply to your situation?  Ask yourself the following questions…

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Is a Health Savings Account (HSA) Right for Me?

At AFA, we hear our clients express concerns about two financial challenges more often than any others:
• Will I be ready to retire with the lifestyle I want?
• What can I do to protect myself from rising health care costs now and in the future?

Did you realize there is a single vehicle that can help you make progress in both areas? It’s called a health savings account (HSA), which is a government-regulated savings account that combines many of the tax benefits of a Flexible Spending Account and a 401(k), including:
• Your contributions to the plan are pre-tax (if offered through your employer) or tax-deductible (if established on your own). If funded through your employer’s plan, you also don’t pay FICA on the contributions, putting an extra 7.65% back in your pocket.
• Withdrawals for qualified medical expenses are tax-free (more about that below).
• The balance in your plan (that you don’t spend for medical expenses) grows tax-deferred and can be rolled over from year to year, supplementing other retirement savings.

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