Your financial blueprint
Much more than your investment portfolio
At Strategic Wealth Planning, we develop industry-leading financial plans for you, your family, and your business. More than an investment portfolio, your plan is a blueprint that represents your entire financial life.
As a SWP client, you’ll learn about our core strategies. You’ll discover fresh perspectives – ones that we hope will motivate and inspire you to focus on the financial goals and objectives that comprise your personal financial blueprint. We’ve always been dedicated to meeting the financial planning needs of our clients and their families and businesses. Your personalized and comprehensive financial plan will increase your peace of mind, ensure that you lead the life you want, your family will be cared for, and help your business reach its greatest potential.
From complex to simple
From high net worth estates to straightforward 401(k)s, we tailor each comprehensive plan to meet your specific needs. We help you establish and uphold your individual planning objectives, and we ensure that all aspects of your financial life work together. If you are an entrepreneur or professional practice owner, as your company prospers, the SWP professionals will work with you to obtain the best financing available; to ensure that your benefit plans will attract the best employees; and to assist you as you make the decision to exit your business in style. If you are a high net worth individual, SWP professionals will employ sophisticated estate planning strategies from life insurance planning and ILITS to family limited partnerships to charitable giving and family foundations.
Attention to Detail
What sets Strategic Wealth Planning apart is attention to detail. Consider tax mitigation. Often overlooked, a well-planned tax mitigation strategy can be effective in increasing you overall wealth.
The 3.8% Medicare Surtax . Beginning January 1, 2013, investment income for individuals, trusts and estates is subject to a new 3.8% tax called the ”3.8% Medicare Surtax”. There are 3 thresholds, $250,000 for married couples filing jointly, $125,000 for married couples filing separately and $200,000 for everyone else. For estates and trusts, the 3.8% is dependent on two components: an estate or trust’s undistributed net investment income and its adjusted gross income. The threshold for estates and trusts in 2013 is $11,950.
To avoid 3.8% surtax, you may want to consider reducing your adjusted gross income to less than $200, 000 ($250,000 joint) or reducing your net investment income, without reducing lifestyle. Another often overlooked investment opportunity that avoids the 3.8% surtax is moving some investments to life insurance.
Required Minimum Distributions. If you have an individual retirement account and are 70 ½ years and older in 2014, you must take a required annual withdrawal from your IRA. This compulsory yearly distribution is called your “required minimum distribution” or “RMD”.
The current tax law (which Congress has extended through December 31, 2014) allows an individual to make a yearly charitable contribution from an IRA of up to $100,000 without paying income taxes on the distribution. Donations must be made to one or more qualified charitable organizations or private foundations; the funds cannot be contributed to a donor-advised fund or a supporting organization.
The process for making the donation is simple. The transfer must be made directly from the IRA sponsor to the charity or charities of your choice on or before December 31, 2014. All charitable contributions up to the $100,000 limit also qualify as your RMD for the contribution year.
As an example, if you plan on giving $10,000 to a charity in 2014 by writing a check and you have assets in an IRA, consider making the charitable donation from your IRA instead and spend the $10,000 from your regular account on daily living expenses.
The tradeoff is that you lose your charitable deduction, but normally the charitable deduction is far less than the tax that you would pay on the IRA distribution, and the cost savings of not paying income taxes on your RMD could add up quickly.