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6 Ways to Protect Yourself from Taxmageddon

Federal debt now exceeds the size of the entire U.S. economy. And it’s growing at a rate that will make your head spin, as a quick glance at the U.S. Debt Clock reveals:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says this deserves attention because…

Americans will be paying for this for decades.”

Passing the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill was just for openers.

Now President Biden is planning the first major federal tax hike in nearly 3 decades to pay for an even bigger initiative. There’s more in the works, too, to fund everything from infrastructure, climate initiatives, and programs for poorer Americans… to canceling student loan debt (which alone would add hundreds of billions of dollars to our already-skyrocketing national debt).

Which Means that Higher Taxes are Inevitable and You Must Take Action TODAY to Protect Yourself from Taxmageddon!

There are little-known, but legal ways to protect yourself from this tax tsunami, under current tax law. This article explains what you need to do today to shield yourself from some very unpleasant tax surprises down the road.

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Biden wants to deliver on his promises to increase numerous taxes, including…

  • Eliminate the Trump tax cuts
  • As much as double the capital gains tax rates on your investments
  • Raise the corporate tax rate by 33%
  • Reduce tax advantages for so-called “pass-through” businesses, which would impact most small businesses, professionals and sole proprietors

They want money for Internal Revenue Service enforcement – which means more IRS audits are likely coming your way, too.

The Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen (no relation to me), says the administration will be looking at “ways to fund other projects and priorities.”

And the reality is that they can’t possibly raise enough revenue taxing just the “wealthy.”

Did you know that if you made $69,007 or more in 2017, you’re in the top 25% of wage earners? And if you made $118,400 or more, you’re in the top 10%.

As nice as it may sound to be in the top 10% or even the top 25%, it also means you’ve got a giant target on your back when the government is looking for more revenue to cover its obligations.

Here Are 6 Ways Adding the Bank On Yourself Strategy to Your Financial Plan Can Shield You from Higher Taxes and Expenses:

1. You can access both your principal and gains tax free under current law – in fact, the income you take isn’t even reported to the IRS

If you’re saving in a tax-deferred, government-controlled retirement account like a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, etc., when the tax man comes calling, he won’t ask you what your tax liability would have been if you’d been paying taxes all along. He’ll tell you what your tax liability is at the time your taxes are due… on every penny you put in plus all the growth you’ve received.

People tend to forget about that, according to the Center for Retirement, which says, “it’s a very big deal when people realize they have [so much less money] than they thought they had [in their tax-deferred accounts].

With a Bank On Yourself plan, you pay your taxes up front and then can legally pay ZERO taxes on the retirement income you take, which lets you avoid nasty tax surprises.

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2. The income you take isn‘t subject to capital gains taxes

You pay capital gains taxes on the growth in value of investments incurred when you sell them.

However, the Bank On Yourself strategy isn’t considered to be an investment, because it’s guaranteed not to lose money.

3. Reduces the taxes you may have to pay on your Social Security income

It’s fairly common, even if you’re a middle-income earner, to owe taxes on up to 85% of your Social Security benefit. However, the income you take from Bank On Yourself is not included when the IRS determines whether (or how much) of your Social Security check is taxed.

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4. Can reduce your Medicare premiums

Did you know the income you take from conventional retirement plans – like 401(k)s and IRAs – can increase your Medicare premiums by as much as 350%? However, the income you take from Bank On Yourself won’t cause you to pay higher premiums.

5. Income tax-free money for your loved ones when you pass away

Since the Bank On Yourself safe wealth-building strategy relies on a high cash value, low-commission, dividend-paying whole life insurance policy, it comes with an increasing death benefit that passes to your loved ones income-tax free. (The death benefit of many of our family’s policies has already doubled or tripled or more.)

6. Tax-free cash to pay for long term care, nursing home care and home health care

Many Bank On Yourself-type policies allow you to access a significant portion of your policy’s death benefit during your lifetime to pay for chronic or terminal illnesses. Imagine the peace of mind you’d have knowing you could have hundreds of thousands of dollars available to you to cover these costs and provide for care in your own home if you wanted that!

BONUS! Your Money in a Bank On Yourself Policy is Guaranteed to Grow by a Predictable Amount Every Year, and You Don’t Go Backwards When the Market Tanks

You’re bypassing Wall Street and banking institutions. You get access to your money whenever and for whatever you want – no questions asked! (Try doing that with your 401(k) or IRA.)

But It’s Critically Important You Take Action TODAY

Find out how you can grow your nest egg safely and predictably every single year, shield yourself from taxes that can only go higher, and enjoy liquidity, flexibility and control of your money.

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They can also show you ways to find the money to fund your strategy, strategies for rolling over a 401(k) or IRA without owing penalties, and more.

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How to Trade In Your 401(k) for an Increasing Guaranteed Income for Life

Jason is 53 years old and just changed jobs. He’s facing two retirement planning dilemmas…

  1. He has $830,000 in his 401(k) from his previous job and wants to move it where it gives him more guarantees that he and his wife, Julie, won’t outlive their money in retirement.
  2. He had been putting $19,000 a year into his old 401(k) and wants to continue socking away that much. But in the last couple of years he experienced several downsides to 401(k)s that have soured him on the idea of continuing down that path.

The Five 401(k) Drawbacks Jason Discovered…

Drawback #1: When the pandemic hit, Jason’s employer stopped doing any matching contributions, which had been a big incentive for him. He’d forgotten the employer match isn’t guaranteed.

Drawback #2: As Jason gets closer to retiring, he has much less of an appetite for risk and volatility. What if the market crashes again shortly before he plans to retire in 14 years at age 67?

He’d been saving diligently in a 401(k) for 29 years already, and his average annual return had been less than 6%! Sheesh! All those sleepless nights and heart-stopping crashes… for less than 6% a year?!? He wondered if a monkey throwing darts couldn’t have done better than that…

Drawback #3: Jason had done a little digging into the investments in his 401(k) and made some shocking discoveries! All of his money was in a single Target Date Fund (TDF) because the plan administrator had set that fund as the “default” investment. (That’s where most employers now automatically put your money unless you specifically tell them otherwise, but studies show most employees never even think about doing something different!)

The TDF he was in was one of the largest and most popular… but he discovered the fees it charges would devour more than 20% of his hard-earned money over 30 years. Ouch! To rub salt into the wound, he also discovered that fund had experienced much steeper losses than the overall market during past crashes.

Drawback #4: A couple years ago, Jason had a terrific opportunity to invest in real estate. He knew the return could potentially beat his mutual fund by a country mile.

So he asked the HR Department about taking a 401(k) loan… and that’s when he realized how little control he had over his own money in his 401(k)! Turns out the government and your employer control that money. It was like putting his money in prison!

Jason quickly discovered there was a very low limit on how much he could borrow and strict limits on when and how he must pay it back or face penalties and taxes. And the 401(k) loan application process had 13 steps!

Drawback #5: Like most people, Jason had been told that being able to defer your taxes until you take withdrawals was one of the best reasons to contribute to a tax-deferred account like a 401(k) or IRA.

But recently his father had been grumbling about how, at age 74, he was now in the highest tax bracket of his life.

After a little digging, Jason discovered that if tax rates are higher during your retirement years, you’re going to end up paying significantly more in taxes overall. And he knew there was only one direction taxes would be going over the next 30 years, and that’s UP!

Jason was beyond frustrated. Fortunately, it was then that a coworker referred him to Tim, his Bank On Yourself Professional. Tim looked at Jason and Julie’s situation and goals and proposed…

The Two-Step Solution to All of their Challenges…

Step 1: Ensure Guaranteed Lifetime Income by Doing a Tax-Free Rollover of His 401(k) into an IRA Annuity

This could enable Jason and Julie to start receiving $85,786 a year starting at age 67, and by age 80 – thanks to the “Increasing Income Rider” Tim included – they could receive $161,995 a year. And the size of their check could increase year-over-year and continue coming for the rest of their lives – even if one or both of them live to be 120 years old! With no market risk involved!

This gives Jason and Julie a permission slip to spend every single dime they receive from the annuity because they know they’ll get another check the next month and every month – forever – just like the company pensions that are now rarer than the northern hairy wombat.

Since none of us knows when we’ll die, this little-known, powerful retirement planning solution lets you live out the rest of your life without the stress or worry that you’ll run out of money before you run out of life.

Step 2: Redirect Future 401(k) Contributions to Enjoy Multiple Benefits and Tax Advantages

Rather than funding a 401(k) at his new job, Jason puts the same $19,000 a year he was funding a 401(k) with into a high-cash value, dividend-paying Bank On Yourself whole life policy from ages 53 to 67.

The result is that when he’s 67, the policy could have a death benefit of over $900,000 that would go to Julie income-tax free if he should pass away then, ensuring that Julie would have money to cover health care, long-term care and nursing-home costs if needed.

If Jason lives beyond 67, he could have an additional $260,000 or so he could take – tax-free – to supplement his retirement income. And he can access that money for whatever he wants with no questions asked.

BONUS: Tim showed Jason how – at age 67 – he could use up to $460,000 of the death benefit of his policy to cover the cost of care if he developed any number of debilitating or disabling chronic illnesses or a terminal illness.

The pandemic had exposed the dangers of nursing homes, and Jason felt reassured that he could use this money to be cared for in his own home if he chose.

When Jason heard this, he exclaimed, “Wait a minute! Are you saying I can use a big chunk of the death benefit while I’m still alive to pay for health-care costs?!? I thought I had to die for Julie to receive the death benefit. How come no one ever told me about this before?”

Tim smiled. He wished he had a dollar for every time someone had said that to him, thanks to all the myths and misconceptions abounding about whole life insurance.

Jason and Julie are real Bank On Yourself clients – only their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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A Surprising Solution to the 15-Year vs 30-Year Mortgage Dilemma

Jon and Jen have an opportunity to buy their dream home and lock in a historically low interest rate. This is a pretty common scenario in today’s market. In fact, you may be thinking about buying a home or refinancing your mortgage to take advantage of today’s low rates. If so, here’s a powerful option to consider…

Jon and Jen are trying to decide whether a 30-year mortgage or a 15-year mortgage makes the most sense. Their mortgage broker showed them that even with an interest rate just 0.65% lower, the 15-year mortgage would save them almost two-thirds of the interest of a 30-year loan.

They decided the 15-year mortgage made the most sense. Their thinking was, “We’re both 48 now, and we plan to work until we’re 70. The sooner we get the house paid off, the sooner we can save more for the future. Plus, we really like the idea of saving almost $90,000 in interest.” [Read more…] “A Surprising Solution to the 15-Year vs 30-Year Mortgage Dilemma”

How to Never Run Out of Money in Retirement – the Solution Top Experts Recommend

Would it surprise you to know that the #1 retirement fear is running out of money – a fear shared by fully half of Americans? That’s according to a recent study by the Aegon Center for Longevity.

People are deathly afraid of running out of money in retirement for good reason, experts say…

Over the last 40 years, there has been a dramatic shift away from company pension plans that promised workers a certain amount of money every month in retirement for as long as they lived.

Instead, there’s been a seismic shift toward do-it-yourself, cross-your-fingers, hope-and-pray retirement planning strategies like 401(k)s and IRAs. [Read more…] “How to Never Run Out of Money in Retirement – the Solution Top Experts Recommend”

New Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Now Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck Due to COVID-19 Pandemic… Here’s How to Avoid That

A new survey from Highland Solutions revealed some startling stats about Americans’ spending habits during the pandemic. How many of these describe your situation?

  • 63% are living paycheck to paycheck
  • 47% have run out of their emergency savings
  • More than one-third have opened up a new credit card since the pandemic to help cover expenses
  • 42% have taken on more debt than normal, and nearly a third have racked up over $10,000 in new debt (a recipe for disaster)
  • 82% could not cover a surprise $500 expense
  • 67% regret not having enough savings before the pandemic hit

So How the Heck Did We Dig Ourselves into this Debt Hole?

For starters, you only need to look no further than the conventional advice about emergency funds. [Read more…] “New Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Now Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck Due to COVID-19 Pandemic… Here’s How to Avoid That”

Taxmageddon is coming – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

President-elect Joe Biden has repeatedly said he will increase numerous taxes and eliminate the Trump tax cuts on “day one,” which would impose a $2,000 annual tax hike on a median-income family of four.

He has promised to as much as double the capital gains tax rates on your investments.

Biden/Harris have proposed canceling student loan debt and are being encouraged to do that by executive order as soon as possible. It would add hundreds of billions of dollars to our already-skyrocketing national debt.

In reality, there’s no such thing as “canceling” or “forgiving” student debt – they can call it anything they want, but it simply means sending the bill to the taxpayers.

Biden wants to raise the corporate tax rate by 33%. [Read more…] “Taxmageddon is coming – Here’s How to Protect Yourself”

What Fairy Tales and Myths is Your Financial Advisor Feeding You?

I’ve spent the last two decades proving there are many investing and retirement planning myths, lies, and fairy tales that most people and financial representatives blindly accept as fact.

It’s really not their fault. Wall Street spends billions of dollars every year to brainwash us.

As the late President John F. Kennedy observed…

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Here are 3 fairy tales you’ve probably heard from your financial advisor and the facts about each:

Fairy Tale #1: You Must Risk Your Money in Order to Grow an Adequate Nest-Egg

This is undoubtedly Wall Street’s BIGGEST lie. [Read more…] “What Fairy Tales and Myths is Your Financial Advisor Feeding You?”

The 5 Biggest Threats to Your Retirement Security Today

Recent studies and surveys show that pre-retirees and retirees fear these five threats to their retirement finances most – and with good reason. Which of these keep you up at night?

Retirement Security Threat #1: Outliving Your Money

This is such a big and scary threat that some people say they would rather die before their time than run out of money.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of outliving your money is all too real. The average 65-year-old will outlive their savings by almost a decade, according to a recent study by the World Economic Forum.

To determine how much money you’ll need to have saved by the time you retire, a good guideline is the “Rule of 25,” which says you should multiply your total annual expenses by 25. By that measure, to have $100,000 per year (don’t forget to adjust for inflation) to spend in retirement, you’ll need to save $2.5 million.

It’s also important to consider that you may well live longer than you imagine, and studies show people tend to underestimate their life expectancy.

Retirement Security Threat #2: Market Risk

[Read more…] “The 5 Biggest Threats to Your Retirement Security Today”

Why the Best Way to Get Cash Fast is a Bank On Yourself Policy Loan

When the Coronavirus pandemic and shutdown hit, millions of people found themselves out of a job, and many others had their hours and pay cut.

The government stepped in to provide stimulus, but many people had to wait weeks or even months to receive it.

And just when many people needed fast access to cash, charge card limits were reduced or even canceled without warning.

As Mark Twain wryly noted…

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”

Bank On Yourself Comes to the Rescue…

When you need fast access to cash, what’s the fastest and easiest way to get it? A Bank On Yourself policy loan because it’s money you can get your hands on: [Read more…] “Why the Best Way to Get Cash Fast is a Bank On Yourself Policy Loan”

Why More Experts Are Now Saying It’s Time to Ditch Your 401(k)

A growing number of retirement planning experts are joining the chorus of people saying 401(k) plans no longer make sense for savers in recent articles on Motley Fool, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, and other major publications.

They’re lamenting that one of the biggest appeals of the 401(k) – the ability to make contributions with untaxed dollars in exchange for tax-deferred growth and withdrawals – is disappearing.

The national debt was already skyrocketing before the pandemic spurred the biggest fiscal stimulus programs in history. And a surge in unemployment has lowered tax revenue for federal and state governments.

What do governments typically do to counter budget deficits?

They raise taxes, of course!

And as taxes rise, deferring them in a 401(k) or IRA means you’ll pay more later – potentially a lot more.

Even before the pandemic, the Center for Retirement Research said people lose 25%-33% of the value of their 401(k) to taxes… and most people are shocked when it happens because they forget they’ll owe the IRS taxes on every penny they’ve put in and every penny of growth they’ve deferred.

Do you know what the tax rates will be in 20 or 30 years from now? For that matter, do you know what they’ll be next year or in two years?

[Read more…] “Why More Experts Are Now Saying It’s Time to Ditch Your 401(k)”