Everyone works a lifetime with the idea that at some point they can retire and collect Social Security benefits throughout their so-called “golden years.” However, when it comes to Social Security, this year is not a good time to be a high-income earner. Medicare Part B Premiums are expected to rise for high-income retirees. So, that means if you fall into this category then you should be looking for ways to cut back on your SS benefit taxes. Here are a few ways you can do this.
One step high-income earners can take to reduce their tax bill is to actually delay their benefits. By waiting until the age of 70 to claim your benefits instead of starting at age 62 you can actually increase your benefit by 76 percent. That also means you won’t be paying taxes on any SS benefits for several more years.
Another option is to open a Roth IRA, which allows your money to grow tax-free. The distributions are also tax-free, so you can be a great way to lower retirement income and thus lower your tax bill, as well. Deferred annuities are another possible way to let your money grow tax-free if you own assets that throw off income that you don’t really need. You can also try drawing a little extra by selling a capital asset if your retirement funds aren’t quite sufficient. This allows you to avoid the higher SS benefit taxes but still have enough to live on.
If you are worried about paying too much in Social Security benefit taxes because you are a high earner, then contact GROCO for guidance. Just call 1-877-CPA-2006, or click here.