Whether you get a refund, or end up owing, you have options.
Tax season can be a period of new possibilities – especially when it comes down to what to do with your refund or, on the flip side, how to settle your bill.
So you worked diligently with your tax preparer to complete your return, only to discover some of the fruits of last year’s labor will be coming back to you as a refund. So, what can you do with your bounty? Here are some possibilities:
If you end up owing taxes, you’ll need to decide how to pay. However, before you write that check or cash in some of your invested assets, consider how those actions may impact you immediately and over the long run.
For instance, liquidating assets in your investment portfolio to pay your taxes may generate new tax consequences and could impact your long-term investment strategy. And emptying your savings account may leave you vulnerable should another unplanned need for cash arise.
Instead of using the assets working toward your long-term goals, consider liquidity and borrowing options based on the value of your assets, or that offer rewards like cash back or redeemable points. That way, you can access the cash you need to pay your tax bill while keeping your assets where they belong – invested.
Spring is a time of renewal, so use your tax refund wisely, or if you owe taxes, consider your long-term investment plan and borrowing options before uprooting your hardworking, invested assets.
A majority of taxpayers get a refund, but in case you don’t, here are some tips for reducing your tax bill:
Maximize contributions: Take advantage of tax breaks in your retirement accounts and make catch-up contributions once you turn 50.
Harvest losses: Consider balancing your realized capital gains by selling securities for a loss and reducing your tax liability.
Seek advice: Contact your financial advisor and tax professional to discuss tax planning.