During tax season you need to prepare to pay for your tax. You need to plan it early and a financial adviser can help you. Here are four ways to prepare for the tax season.
Maximize tax-advantaged savings
You should maximize your tax-advantaged savings. You should try to contribute up to the maximum limit of your workplace 401(k). If one spouse has a retirement plan and the other doesn’t, then you should put the maximum toward the person’s tax-deferred growth. If you are self-employed, then you can save about 25% of your income in tax-deferred accounts.
Collect the trading gain and loss report in a secure electronic file
Your accountants will need information about your trading gains and losses. You should provide this information to a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA). If you save the files electronically, it will take less time for the CFA to make their entry. It also helps to reduce human error.
Tax-efficient investing strategies
You should place the right type of securities in the right accounts. For example, you can hold TIPS in tax-deferred accounts. This helps you to avoid an unpleasant situation. You can get tax savings from tax-loss harvesting. Your financial advisor will help you in this regard.
If you have good stocks that pose tax liability, then you can gift the stocks without tax to charities. So, the stocks won’t be part of your investment plan anymore. You can ask your advisor to help you with various gifting strategies.
Having a good strategy can help you in preparing well for the tax season. Teamwork is very important and you should carefully listen to your financial advisor all the time.