Does your financial planner advise you on the tax impact of your financial decisions as well as help you with tax saving strategies?  If not, you should consider finding one who does.   Here’s why your tax advisor should be your financial advisor.

The reason is simple: Almost all financial decisions have a tax impact.  If the impact of taxes isn’t taken into consideration while making financial decisions throughout the year, you could be paying more in taxes than you would otherwise.  It is important that tax planning not be seen as separate from financial planning; instead, tax planning should be done simultaneously while making financial decisions and incorporated into your overall financial plan.  Incorporating tax planning into your financial plan improves the probability of meeting your goals, especially when planning for retirement.  By having a financial advisor analyze your current and future tax liabilities and utilizing tax strategies to shift or minimize the amount of taxes you pay throughout your lifetime, you will be able to more effectively plan your current and future cash flow.  Therefore, tax planning is a key component of creating a well-rounded, successful financial plan. Don’t just take our word for it; check out the Morningstar White Paper that quantifies the value of incorporating tax strategy into financial planning.

Tax laws are complicated, confusing, and ever-changing.  Your financial advisor should stay on top of the ever-changing tax law and ensure that you are not only making sound financial decisions, but also utilizing up-to-date tax-saving strategies.  This will result in you having more peace of mind about paying your taxes knowing you are on a faster track to meeting your financial objectives.

At D3 Financial Counselors, we understand the importance of incorporating taxes into your financial decisions, and we do so for all of our clients.  Our staff is equipped with the knowledge, experience, and expertise to help you make the best decisions for your unique financial situation.  Don Duncan holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation, which is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a powerful combination of extensive tax expertise and comprehensive knowledge of financial planning.  Additionally, Ryan Pace, who is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), is in the process of obtaining the Enrolled Agent (EA) designation, which is a federally licensed tax practitioner who specialize in taxes and may represent clients’ interests before the IRS.  If you would like more information about how we can help you meet your financial goals and utilize tax-saving strategies, give our office a call at 630-271-0033.  We would be more than happy to share with you how we’ve helped other clients in similar situations.

 

-Kirsten Simon MBA