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Some Things to Consider for Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is important. We need to be secured financially for our future needs. You can only have a safe and secure future if you do retirement planning. If you are a retiree, you should carefully consider tax matters when you are formulating your retirement financial strategy.

It is still possible for healthy individuals who are retired to keep on working way into their retirement years. Income tax laws of different states vary and so you should know what your state law says about income taxes for working retirees. There are states that provide extra privileges for working senior citizens. You can also be in a state where there are no privileges or exemptions on senior income taxes and you will need to pay the same taxes as everybody else. There are also differences when it comes to taxation amounts. Transferring to a new state can have tax consequences as well since municipal taxes can be imposed on you.

Income from government, the military private pension, and other retirement plans are other important sources of retiree income. These sources of income can be taxable depending on your state laws. Selected sources of income are taxes by some states while other stats put a taxable limit on these sources of income. Sometimes, you can even get taxed in two states. You can be taxed on retirement plan withdrawals if you are a former resident of the state. Federal tax formulas are following by some states when it comes to social security benefits and some follow their own specified formulas for this. Some states don’t even provide reimbursements.

When it comes to sales and property taxes, there are states that offer tax deductions on properties bought by retirees and some others provide homestead benefits. You should also consider tax exemptions on food, clothing, drugs, and household goods.

You don’t have to pay taxes and penalties on Roth IRA withdrawals. But this could not apply to sources of income like annual tax contributions, money from conversion from traditional IRA into Roth IRA, and from earnings accumulated from your contribution.

Tax deductions only apply to income from annual tax contributions and conversions from traditional IRA to Roth IRA. But, withdrawals from earnings accumulated from your contributions is subject to income tax.

Seniors who have not opted for Roth IRA, should instead go for income tax withdrawals. Income tax withdrawals would mean you owe some amount to the income tax. You can also opt for retirement exemption like 401k.

The sure and safest way to legitimize a penalty-free retirement account withdrawal before retirement is by annuitizing the account.

Retirement planning should also carefully consider tax issues and concerns.

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