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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Try To Not Get Caught In These 3 Social Security Snares!! 

Social Security is something lots of people are looking forward to. Many are nervously waiting to turn on their Social Security as soon as possible because of the fear that it may not be around much longer. For many people Social Security will make up a large portion of their retirement, so it is not something to consider lightly.

How we take Social Security and when we take Social Security could possibly impact what we receive and how our other income assets respond. Below are Three Social Security Snares we will have to be aware of if we are going to succeed in retirement (stay retired).

Social Security Snare One

Here is a surprise, up to 85% of one's Social Security can become taxed. Yes it's true the IRS could take up to 85% for those who earn more than they allow. Often times we feel that we can get away from this limit on income by using certain financial tools such as Municipal Bonds. But when the IRS is evaluating our income for taxation of our Social Security, many instruments are now counted against us including Municipal Bonds.

Eric Levenhagen, CPA and Certified Tax Coach with ProWise Tax & Accounting, says to find out whether any of your Social Security benefits are taxable, "Look at your total taxable income plus half of your Social Security benefit. Make sure you add back any tax-exempt interest income."

Social Security Snare Number 2

Delaying withdrawals from your IRA can be a tax tsunami for your Social Security island. Many wait to withdraw from their IRA until the date the IRS forces funds out. Many Investment Advisors want client's funds to grow and be charged their management fee. Many clients are not advised to withdraw from their IRA Investment Accounts when they have a lower tax bracket to minimize the impact in their retirement years.

IRA withdrawals prior to taking Social Security benefits could have a big impact on reducing the future taxation of Social Security. Required Minimum Distributions at age 70 1/2 can severely impact the overall income calculation and in turn cause Social Security to be taxed at a higher level.

Social Security Snare Number 3

Here is a secret that might take many by surprise. Not everyone gets Social Security! Some companies don't participate in Social Security, whether or not they are working for the federal government, the state government, some local governments, and others.

If the company does not take part in Social Security then there probably is the chance to be involved in a company retirement plan. It is important to know where you and your company stand, the worst thing is to come to retirement and then realize your company did not participate in Social Security.

For additional information on Social Security Snares please click here. These 3 Social Security Snares must be understood in order to succeed in retirement (stay retired).

Matt Golab
Chief Advisor of Aaron Matthews Financial Resources

Matt Golab's Bio:

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