Action vs Reaction to Year-End Tax Planning

As 2023 heads toward the end of the year, it’s easy to become caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Christmas shopping, parties, students’ school events, not to mention that many businesses are extra busy during the holidays. That’s why it’s important to act now if you want to maximize your financial health and minimize your tax liability. While December 31, 2023, may seem far off, being proactive in making year-end tax planning moves now is crucial to ensure you have ample time to optimize your financial situation.

Here’s why it’s important for you to tax plan before year-end:

By considering your year-end tax planning now, you have time to make adjustments. With only 9 weeks until the end of the year, you only have a limited amount of time to meet with your tax professional. Even more crucial is you only have a limited number of paychecks for making additional contributions. When you wait to the last minute, you face substantial limitations.

By not waiting until the last moment, you can avoid hurried decisions and potential oversights. Taking a proactive approach means you won’t be racing against the clock, and you can consult with financial advisors or tax professionals as needed, ensuring your actions are in your best interest.

Year-end can be an incredibly busy time for most people. By tackling your tax planning in advance, you can significantly reduce stress and enjoy the holiday season.

Although every tax situation is unique, here is an overview of some of the tax planning moves to consider before the end of 2023:

Contribute to Retirement Accounts – Maximize your contributions to retirement accounts like 401(k)s, IRAs, or HSAs. These contributions reduce your taxable income, thereby helping you save on your 2023 tax bill while contributing to your financial future.
Harvest Tax Losses – Review your investment portfolio and consider realizing capital losses to offset gains. This strategy can help minimize your capital gains tax liability.
Charitable Giving – Make charitable donations before the end of the year. Donations to qualified charities are tax-deductible and can reduce your taxable income.
Utilize Tax Credits – Investigate available tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, or education credits, and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to take full advantage of these savings.
Review Investment Strategies – Consider reevaluating your investment portfolio to align with your financial goals. Life events such as marriage, birth of a child, new careers, purchase of property can all effect your original financial goals and should be re-evaluated to adjust for these events.
Stay Informed – Keep abreast of legislative changes that might affect your tax situation. The best way to stay informed of tax changes is to keep reading these articles and following us on social media!
Plan for Self-Employed Individuals – If you’re self-employed, explore options such as setting up a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) or solo 401(k) to lower your taxable income while saving for retirement.
Consider Gifting – The annual gift tax exclusion allows you to gift a certain amount of money to family members or friends without incurring gift taxes. This is an excellent strategy for wealth transfer and reducing potential estate taxes.

In conclusion, taking proactive steps towards year-end tax planning in October 2023 can help you optimize your financial situation, reduce your tax liability, and ensure a less stressful year-end. The suggestions mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg; consulting with a tax professional or financial advisor can provide you with a tailored approach to meet your unique financial goals. Don’t wait until the last minute; act now to secure your financial well-being for the year ahead.

Saunders Tax & Accounting is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and is available online at Awarded the Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce “2023 Small Business of the Year”, we have been providing a Less Taxing Life and More Prosperous Solutions since 1984!


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Mr. Freeman served with the 101st Airborne where he was stationed in France for 2 ½ years. He enjoyed woodworking, splitting wood and carpentry.

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