With only one month left in 2018, time is running out to finish your wealth management to-dos. We’ve made your list, but it’s time to check it twice.
Today, McManus & Associates held a call with clients to provide guidance on the items below. Click to hear the half-hour discussion led by the firm’s Founding Principal John O. McManus:
1. FREELY GIVE: Make annual exclusion gifts up to $15,000 for individuals and $30,000 for married couples, per chosen loved one.
2. REAP (LOSSES TO OFFSET) WHAT YOU’VE SOWED: Harvest losses to offset capital gains in your securities portfolio.
3. MIND YOUR HEALTH: Take advantage of this year’s lower threshold for Medical Expenses.
4. USE A TAX RATE IN ITS INFANCY: Review your children’s portfolio income for application of the revised Kiddie Tax.
5. GIVE THOUGHT TO GIVING: Bunch your charitable deductions in the same year. The deduction for cash donations to public charities has increased to 60% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income.
6. FUEL INVESTMENT VEHICLES: Establish and fund qualified plan contributions.
7. TAKE A BREAK TO RECONSIDER BREAK-UPS: If planning to execute a divorce or separation agreement, you may want to do so before year-end. Otherwise, moving forward, the payer of alimony will no longer get a deduction on his or her tax return, and the recipient will no longer have to include the alimony as taxable income.
8. DON’T WAIT TO COMPENSATE (YOURSELF):
An owner of an S Corp must pay themselves a reasonable compensation (what someone in a similar job would be paid). Therefore, make sure you pay yourself a salary before year- end.
9. RESERVE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR WITHHOLDING:
The 2017 Tax Act lowered the tax rates and changed the tax bracket income ranges. Therefore, now is the time to do a “check-up” to see if your current tax withholding will be sufficient for next year’s income.
10. MAKE A MOVE: Make distributions of income from trust accounts and estate accounts to lower their income tax liability.