So, you’ve prepared for retirement with 401(k)s and IRAs. You’ve got a good nest egg going. Feeling pretty good about it, right?
If you’re looking for a tax-free retirement, the harsh reality is that you may not be as prepared as you think. If you’re relying on your traditional IRA/401(k) to supplement your Social Security benefits and maybe even pension, BE PREPARED TO HAVE TAXES ERODE AWAY FROM YOUR CASH…
MONEY FOR UNCLE SAM … OR YOU?
You need understand that when you reach retirement, you may lose many of the tax deductions you enjoyed in the past, such as home mortgage interest, credits for your children/dependents, and deductions on your retirement plan contributions. If you are a business owner, you’ll be losing even more deductions. Although you may have less income during retirement, your taxable income may be just as high or higher!
If you don’t take action soon to avoid paying excess tax, you will likely be quiet surprise during your retirement years, which could result in living a lower lifestyle, or outliving your money.
Paying less in taxes means keeping more of your money for yourself no matter how you look at it. We believe you should take a serious look at max funded, tax-advantaged insurance contracts as an option for developing a tax-free retirement as part of your tax-reducing retirement strategy.
Along with their important death benefit, these insurance contracts can be structured to hold your serious cash (by serious cash we mean money you have set aside for retirement). When these contracts are structured correctly and funded properly, they can shelter you from the danger of increasing taxes.
This strategy has been used by the wealthy for over 100 years. Among them are Jim Harbaugh, the head football coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines, Mr. Walt, the founder of Disneyland, James Penny, owner of JC Penney, and many more. They implemented this strategy to build their wealth.
These contracts are no secret to the wealthy. It’s just simply too complex for the average financial advisor or financial professional to implement without developing an expertise through years of research and training. Unfortunately, many advisors or accountants who “haven’t done their research” end up having strong and uneducated opinions that are not based on facts, especially regarding the tax benefits and internal rate of return that can be achieved with this strategy.
Tax Benefit No. 1 – Money put into these insurance contracts has already been taxed at today’s rates. With tax rates likely going up in the future due to our national debt, getting taxes over and done is financially very critical. You would rather pay taxes on the seed money than the harvest money.
Tax Benefit No. 2 – Money taken out of your contract—when done optimally, in accordance with Internal Revenue Code guidelines—is not regarded as taxable income, as opposed to income from a traditional IRA/401(k). You can also access your money tax-free using several methods. The smartest and best way to access your money from a max-funded, tax-advantaged insurance contract is via a loan, rather than a withdrawal.
When done correctly, it is a loan made to yourself that is never due or payable in your lifetime. To be in compliance with IRS guidelines, an interest rate is typically charged, and then that interest is offset with interest that is credited on the money you didn’t “withdraw,” but rather remained there as collateral for your loan. This results in a zero-net cost in many instances.
Loans taken from your contract ARE NOT TAXED, because they aren’t deemed earned, passive, or portfolio income—which are the only types of income that are subject to income tax on a 1040 tax return. See section 7702 of the Internal Revenue Code.
“A maximum-funded tax-advantaged (MFTA) insurance strategy, when structured properly and loans taken correctly, will not hit your tax return. That is powerful.”
-Jim Whitehead, CPA
Tax Benefit No. 3 – With industry laws and regulations that have been in place for more than 100 years, the money that accumulates inside of a life insurance policy does so tax-favored. As a “life insurance policy” increases in value due to competitive interest being earned, no taxes are due on that gain, as long as the policy remains in force. Many financial vehicles, such as savings accounts, CDs, mutual funds, and money markets will typically have tax liability on their gain. See section 72(e) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Policy loans and withdrawals will reduce available cash values and death benefits and may cause the policy to lapse or affect guarantees against lapse. Additional premium payments may be required to keep the policy in force. In the event of a lapse, outstanding policy loans in excess of unrecovered cost basis will be subject to ordinary income tax. Tax laws are subject to change and you should consult a tax professional.
Policy loans are not usually subject to income tax, unless the policy is classified as a modified endowment contract (MEC) under IRC Section 7702A. However, withdrawals or partial surrenders from a non-MEC policy are subject to income tax to the extent that the amount distributed exceeds the owner’s cost basis in the policy.
Tax Benefit No. 4 – Upon your death, the money in your insurance policy transfers to your heirs and beneficiaries completely income tax-free. See section 101(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
In summary, we have never seen any other money accumulation vehicle that accumulates money totally tax-favored, then later allows you to access your money totally tax-free. Then when you ultimately pass away, it blossoms (increases) in value and transfers to your heirs totally income-tax free.