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The New Year is around the corner and the busiest time of the year is just ahead. We want to make sure you wrap your year with bows tied despite the additional hustle bustle akin with the Holiday Season! Therefore, we compiled a checklist of the top 10 year-end personal finance to-dos. Checking off a few of these points will leave you feeling more organized and better financially prepared for the year ahead. Have a look and take action where you can. Then relax and enjoy this special time of year and know we are here to help when you need us!

Year End Personal Finance Reminder Checklist
Start the new year on solid ground!

  1. Fund tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts.

    • 401(k), 403(b), SIMPLE IRAs and the employee portion of Solo 401(k)s plans must be funded by December 31st to be deductible for 2019 taxes.

    • The deadline for your 2019 Traditional and Roth IRA contributions is April 15th, 2020.

    • If a tax extension will be filed, 2019 contributions to SEP IRAs and the employee portion of Solo 401(k)s can be made until September 15th, 2020.

    Remember, the earlier you fund, the earlier your savings start working for you.

  2. Consider tax-loss harvesting. Realized capital gains for the year can possibly be offset with losses. Look for more information in our upcoming article in December's Flagstaff Business News and on our website. Call your advisor with questions.

  3. Required Minimum Distributions. If you are over 70 1/2 years of age, RMDs on retirement accounts must be taken annually by December 31st. Missing this deadline may result in a 50% tax penalty.

  4. Consider a Roth Conversion. Converting a Traditional IRA or a legacy 401(k) to a Roth IRA may be a smart move. You will have to pay taxes on the converted amount now (which can be handled through the IRA account), but the amount converted will then grow tax free and never be taxed again.

  5. Make a charitable contribution. Talk to your tax professional to understand how charitable donations might have been impacted this year. Ask about state-specific tax credits available for individual tax payers. Open a donor-advised fund to provide a tax-smart and simple giving solution. They can be a valuable wealth-planning tool to allow for more strategic giving to the charity of your choice, and to help reduce your taxes at the same time. There are many great options that make giving better all around!

  6. Health check your budget.
    Assess the year. It's not what you make, it's what you keep that builds wealth.

    • Micro manage your service providers: Most service providers do not expect customers to notice slow and steady rate increases. Call to confirm you're getting the best rates possible.

    • Review your subscriptions: Most of us amass more digital subscriptions than we truly want or need. Take a moment to look through and unsubscribe from those that do not add real value to your life. While you're at it, review those of your children. Undoubtedly, you're paying for more subscriptions, your own or others, than you need and they add up!

  7. Health check yourself. Nothing hits a budget like unexpected or preventable medical expenses. Make appointments to check in. Health is the best wealth!

  8. Check your credit score. It's always good to know where you stand. Equifax, Experian and TransUnion all offer free one-time annual credit score checks. The free service is available on AnnualCreditReport.com.

  9. Put your extra money to work. If you've got extra funds at year-end, put them to work by adding it to your investment portfolio. As stated before, the sooner your money is invested, the better.

  10. Pay something forward. Because making an active investment in kindness and goodwill is always a win.

For help or questions about any of these items please contact us. Our team at WT Wealth Management is here to help you put your best foot forward in the new year!



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