You have made it to retirement and are ready to tap the myriad investments you have accumulated over your life. Hopefully, you have been diligent and at least saved money in the three buckets classified as taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free. So, which do you tap first? Is there a general rule of thumb? Could the general rule be different for people in different situations? The answers to the last two questions are ‘yes’ and ‘maybe’.
A general rule of thumb is that investors should first draw from their taxable accounts immediately after retirement if they are in a lower tax bracket year. This could help you somewhat avoid the tax bite. Next, investors should look to their tax-deferred accounts. These accounts likely have minimum distribution requirements at a certain age (think IRA and 401(k) at age 70 1/2). Lastly, investors should consider drawing from their tax-free accounts (think Roth). Don’t forget that this timing may very well be impacted by whether you are still working to some degree, already taking Social Security or opting to delay Social Security. Working with your adviser is key to knowing the lay of the land ahead and drawing strategically from your investments. You also need to calculate how much to drawdown and THAT can be a real challenge.
Of course, every situation is different and you should consult with an adviser to figure out the advantages of using the rule of thumb approach or executing a more customized drawdown strategy based on your personal situation and funds needed. If you are not sure why this general rule applies or if it might help you, contact me and we can discuss your situation.
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