You do not need me to tell you these are crazy times! They will be talking about 2020 for many years to come. Although the last 6 COVID-19 pandemic-months have been long; in a way, blink your eyes and it is already the 4th quarter of 2020.
What does this mean financially? There are MAJOR OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE for ALL American’s to set up a better financial future NOW! Some of these opportunities need to be taken advantage of NOW, and over the next 60 days, since many laws and what I call “Covid-19 Special Rules” will be changing “sun-setting” on 12/31/2020.
These times are unique as we are in an historically low interest rate environment with low tax rates and a stock market near record highs! In 2020, a married couple “filing jointly” can earn $325,000 (combined) and only be in the 24% tax bracket. Our current level of spending is unsustainable, and most experts agree that taxes will be raised!
September 30th closed our “fiscal year,” and our federal debt exceeds $23.4 Trillion. It is estimated that this could grow another $13 Trillion by 2028. Tax rates will likely go up and we/you can stay a step ahead by strongly considering these 5 financial moves NOW!
THINK AGAIN! Beginning in the 2020 tax year, The 2020 SECURE ACT (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) made some positive changes such as the ability to make IRA contributions after age 70.5 (if you are still earning income) and deferring RMD’s (required minimum distributions) to age 72.
The 2020 “Secure Act” has eliminated the “Stretch Ira” also known as “Super Ira” or “Inherited Ira.” Spouses can inherit this money then their heirs MUST TAKE IT ALL OVER 10 YEARS! These changes will cost children and grandchildren dearly. It also makes it a better idea to consider taking the IRA money now (with low current tax rates) and buying life insurance which goes TAX-FREE and LUMP SUM to named beneficiaries while bypassing probate.
These tax changes can also render existing “Trusts” obsolete, so they should ALL be reviewed. In addition, ALL existing wills and beneficiaries should be updated. If this is the first you are hearing about the SECURE Act, perhaps it is time to change advisors.
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Stay Safe and KEEP THE FAITH!