You may qualify for a tax deduction on your traditional IRA if you meet the following criteria: Your household income must be less than $75,000 in 2020 for single tax filers or $124,000 in 2020 for joint tax filers.
Contact your financial professional or visit capitalgroup.com for more information about IRAs.
Investing in mutual funds outside of your retirement plan can provide another tax-friendly saving opportunity. While your savings do not grow tax-deferred as they would in a Traditional IRA or 401(k) plan, current tax rates on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains can be considered favorable when compared with regular income tax rates.
*This rate does not include the 3.8% Medicare surtax applicable to net investment income for higher income taxpayers.
Tax-exempt bond funds
These mutual funds typically invest in bonds issued by state and local governments to finance projects such as highways, schools, hospitals and airports.
- Dividends paid by these funds are exempt from regular federal income taxes.
- State-specific tax-exempt funds can offer both federal and state tax advantages.
- The higher your tax bracket, the more benefit there is to investing in tax-exempt bond funds.
Click here for information on American Funds tax-exempt bond funds. Your financial professional can help you select from these or other tax-exempt funds that may be right for you.
A variable annuity is an investment that includes an option that can help make sure you don’t outlive your assets.
- Taxes aren’t due until earnings are withdrawn. (Note that you may have to pay a 10% federal penalty tax on earnings withdrawn before age 59-1/2. Surrender charges and other costs may apply.)
- Your money is invested in professionally managed funds that are similar to mutual funds.
- Returns fluctuate as the prices of the stocks and bonds in the funds rise and fall, so the returns are variable.
- They typically include a death benefit that can provide some protection to your beneficiaries.
Education savings programs
If you’d like to put money away for college tuition or other education expenses and receive certain tax benefits, consider these three options: