Divorce is difficult. Dividing assets and wealth throughout the process is often complicated and fraught with emotion. However, from a tax and financial perspective, planning opportunities exist when both parties are invested in everyone’s best interest. When we are dealing with situations of divorce, we use our expertise to make sure our clients understand that different assets have different tax liabilities, and we make sure they understand how certain assets of theirs will be taxed. In situations where there are significant assets, deciding who should get what can be a challenge, even in the most agreeable situations.
People are living longer these days than they did five, 10 or 20 years ago. Of course, that is good news, but it also means that you may have to provide a bigger cushion in retirement than you had initially intended. What’s more, uncertainty over future Social Security benefits as baby boomers continue to swell the rolls adds to the concerns. As a result, you could face a personal shortfall, especially if you incur unforeseen expenses from a medical condition or some other situation.
There are still tax savings strategies, for tax year 2016, you can implement before the April 18th tax deadline. Two major opportunities, which I have outlined in further detail below, include contributing to a Health Savings Account, and contributing to an IRA.
No one can predict with any great certainty the financial outlook for 2016, especially with the national elections looming in November. Nevertheless, here are 10 top money management moves that make sense for the rest of this year.