2020 Foresight - Planning Now for Next Year's Taxes
1. Prepare a 2020 Tax Projection
Taxpayers already know the 2020 rates and by reviewing their 2019 situation and all 2020 expectations of income, a qualified tax preparer could be able to help you with a tax projection for 2020.
2. New Contribution Limits for Retirement Savings
For 2020, the contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $19,000 to $19,500. The limit on annual contributions to an IRA remains $6,000 ($7,000 for those 50 or older). The catch-up contribution limits for those 50 and over remain unchanged at $1,000.
3. Is a potential Roth IRA conversion helpful for your situation? A Roth IRA can be beneficial in your overall retirement planning. Investments in a Roth IRA have the potential to grow tax-free and they don't have required minimum distributions during the lifetime of the original owner. Also, Roth IRA assets may pass to your heirs tax-free. Roth conversions include complex details and are not right for everyone, so please call us to see if this makes sense for you.
4. Take Advantage of Annual Exclusion Gifts For 2020, the maximum amount of gift tax exemption is $15,000. This means you can give up to that amount to a family member without having to pay a gift tax. Ideas for gifting can include, contributing to a working child (or grandchild’s) IRA, or gifting to a 529 plan, which is a tax-sheltered plan for college expenses.
5. Bunch Your Charitable Donations into a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Now is the time to explore if it is helpful for your tax situation to deposit cash, appreciated securities or other assets in a Donor Advised Fund, and then distributing the money to charities over time. Up to 60% of your adjusted gross income can be deductible if given as donations to typical charities.
6. Look into Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) In general, to qualify to contribute to a health savings account in 2020, you must have a health insurance policy with a deductible of at least $1,350 for single coverage or $2,700 for family coverage. You can contribute up to $3,550 to an HSA if you have single coverage or up to $7,100 for family coverage in 2020, which is slightly more than the 2019 limits. If you’re 55 or older anytime in 2020, you’ll continue to be able to contribute an extra $1,000. HSA’s include complex details and are not right for everyone, so please call us to see if this makes sense for you.
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