Archive for October, 2017

TAX TORPEDO by Paul Ferraresi

Will your income during retirement be above $25,000 for singles and $32,000 for married filing jointly?

If so you will be hit with the Social Security Tax Torpedo Tax.

Read how it will increase your taxes.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/retirement/dont-let-the-social-security-tax-torpedo-blow-up-your-retirement/ar-AAuegWT

A STEEP PRICE FOR MEDICARE recommended by Paul Ferraresi

Planning may help high income seniors avoid paying up to four times the going rate for Part B and Part D coverage.

In 2017, the standard premium for Medicare Part B is $134 a month. Most enrollees pay for Part B via reductions in their Social Security benefits, and the overall average monthly fee is $109.

Yet some senior pay almost quadruple that much – $428.60 a month ($957.20 for married couples) – for the exact same medical insurance.

Seniors who pay more for Part B also pay Medicare as much as $76 per month extra for prescription drug coverage, known as Part D.

This is the IRMAA – the income related monthly adjustment amount. If people are on Medicare, and their tax return shows high income, Medicare adds the IRMAA amount to their monthly premium.

Modified adjusted gross income over $85,000 ($170,000 on joint returns) brings IRMAA into play, with amounts increasing as MAGI hits certain thresholds. (Here, MAGI includes tax-exempt interest income.)

THE TWO-YEAR LAG

The Medicare trustees’ 2016 report projects that Part B monthly premiums, which have risen from a maximum of $161.40 in 2007 to $428.60 today, will continue to climb, reaching as much as $564 in 2025. Thus, Medicare Part B is likely to become more of a financial planning issue.

One key is to realize that there is a two-year lag between the income observed by Medicare and the resulting payments. Money that flows into a Medicare enrollee’s pocket in 2017 will be reported on a tax return filed in 2018, which determines Part B premiums due in 2019.

When seniors retire, they may pay the higher premium for two more years until that income history drops off their records. In order to reduce Part B premiums sooner than two years, you should appeal your higher IRMAA premium immediately upon retirement, if your income has dropped dramatically. One of the things that could qualify Medicare recipients for an IRMAA reduction is that they have stopped working.

You will qualify for the appeal under the life-changing event of ‘work stoppage.’ You can call Social Security or visit in person to present evidence of retirement to have your Medicare premiums recalculated.

Third Quarter Review – Weekly Update October 9, 2017 Recommended by Paul Ferraresi

Designing Your Own Financial Plan by Paul Ferraresi

Some people feel compelled to draft their own lifetime financial plan rather than using a professional planner.

I found a link that will walk you through some of the steps that should be considered in your planning.

This is a great tool for the “Do-It-Yourself” planners. Good luck!

http://www.aarp.org/retirement/retirement-savings/info-2017/decision-tree-a-secure-retirement-essential.html