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Year End Financial Planning

For some, it’s easy to put personal finances on the back burner during the last few months of the year. However, before the year comes to an end, it’s essential to review your finances. By doing so now, you can make the most of reviewing this year’s progress and plan for next year to help position yourself for a financially strong future. Here are some tips to help with your end of year financial planning: 

Consider Charitable Giving

The end of the year is a great time to be generous. If you itemize deductions, you can reduce your tax bill by gifting to qualified charities. The Tax Exempt Organization Search tool on the website will help you determine whether a charity is eligible for tax-deductible donations. Note that any gifts of $250 or more will require a receipt that lists the gift amount and a description. 

Consider Tax Loss (or Gain) Harvesting

Even in the best of times, not every investment will be a winner. Fortunately, a losing investment does have a silver lining: You may be able to use your loss to lower your tax liability and better position your portfolio going forward. This strategy is called tax-loss harvesting. 

Maximize Your Retirement Contributions

If you participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan like a 401(k), now is the time to max it out. You can contribute up to $20,500 for 2022 or up to $27,000 if you’re over 50. In the event you work for yourself, max out your Solo 401(k). The total contribution limit for 2022 is $61,000 or $67,500 for those over 50. Not only will maximizing your pre-tax retirement savings accounts help boost your retirement savings, but it can also save you on taxes. 

Evaluate Your Health Insurance 

When December rolls around, there’s a good chance you’ve met your health insurance deductible. Therefore, it’s a great idea to receive routine care services or elective procedures that might cost you more once 2022 begins. You may want to get up to date on immunizations, schedule a skin check with your dermatologist, or finally undergo that medical procedure you’ve been considering. 

Spend Your Flex Dollars

If you have a flexible spending account (FSA), you can save money if you spend the pre-tax dollars before the end of the year. Otherwise, you may lose it unless your employer offers a grace period. You can use the money on dental procedures, eye care, feminine hygiene products, over-the-counter medications, sunscreen, and so much more. If you have a health savings account (HSA), note that your unused money will not waste. You can expect it to continue to grow tax-free. 


Consult Your Financial Professional

Together we can review your financial situation and determine the ideal financial plan for your unique situation. Contact us today to get started.