When it comes to financial planning, we all have one end goal in mind. That’s retirement. If you’re concerned about whether or not you’re going to be able to reach your retirement goals, no matter your age, this is for you. In this blog post, we will talk about the roadblocks that could be holding you back from reaching your retirement goals.

For the past thirty seven years as a financial services professional, when people come to us with their yet to be taxed IRA or 401K statements, they are generally shocked when they find out how much they have to pay in taxes.

Why is that so? It is because that’s not what they were told throughout their whole working career. They were told that during retirement, they would be in a lower tax bracket, but that’s not the case. You may be wondering why?

It was as if they were traveling down this road towards retirement with one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake. They were setting aside as much money as they possibly could into their IRA or 401k or 403B, that’s the foot on the gas pedal. At the same time they were paying down their mortgage while watching their kids grow up and leave home. They lose those deductions by the time they reach retirement. They just can’t defer income into the future and eventually they lose those deductions. That’s the other foot on the brake.

If you’re traveling down a road with one foot on the gas pedal and the other on the brakes, are you making any progress?

Aside from losing all of your deductions, there is this ever changing tax code that we have to consider. There’s this old saying in Washington, “If you’re not at the table in Washington, you’re on the menu”. When’s the last time you were at the table in Washington? As for me, I’ve never been there.

Our country has $29 trillion in debt. Clearly we have a problem. But every time they meet in Washington and pass a new bill, it seems like they just keep on increasing spending like a drunken sailor. Now let me ask you this. If you have a spending problem or a debt problem, does it make sense to increase spending? If they’re not going to address the issue, then there’s only two ways the government could respond to try to fix this problem.

* Legislatively. They will increase taxes. How will this affect your retirement?
* Administratively. They can print more money and when they do, it results in inflation. What does inflation do to the value of your savings in retirement?

We call inflation the stealth tax. It subtly eats away the buying power of  money. You don’t even realize it most of the time but this is what inflation is doing to our cash value. Right now in 2022, it is blatant what inflation is doing to our money. But we don’t realize that the value of the dollar is decreasing little by little over time. The moment we get to retirement, it’s also very blatant that the buying power of our dollar is ever decreasing due to inflation.

When people come to us with their yet to be taxed retirement plans astounded as to how much they have to pay in taxes, when we haven’t even addressed the inflation issue, what are our options? Many don’t realize that after you earn your income and you pay your tax, whether or not you pay tax again on that money, the rest of your life is optional. It’s voluntary. The key is knowing what your choices are up front.

Whether you are in Gen Z or a Baby Boomer, or in any generation in between, you have two options on how to save for your retirement.

Strategy A
Take a tax deduction on a small amount of your cash value today and anticipate that it grows into a bigger amount in the future knowing that the government could tax at any rate when necessary just to solve the inflation issue.

Strategy B
Pay tax at a small amount of your cash value today and put it in a place where the government could never touch it ever again. So when you get to retirement you can be in control of how much tax you actually pay.

Which strategy would benefit you and your family more? Strategy A or Strategy B?

It is our mission to help as many families as possible, make the best financial decisions that would benefit them. That’s why we present you with these strategies because we believe that it is more beneficial to pay a small amount of tax on the small amount of income, rather than deferring it into the unknown future.

If you are ready to learn how to utilize these strategies to work for you in your specific situations, schedule your free strategy session today

Remember it’s not how much money you make, it’s how much you keep that really matters.