With fall fast approaching, it’s time to take care of a few things before year end that can also set you up for the start of next year.
- Retirement contributions and withdrawals – Just as it’s important to make the necessary contributions to your retirement plan based on your financial plan, you must also take your required minimum distribution (RMD) by December 31 to avoid any penalties if above age 70 ½ or own an inherited IRA. The Merriman Client Services team is hard at work making sure these are all completed for clients. Contributions: The deadline for 2018 Roth IRA and Traditional IRA contributions is April 15, 2019.
- Health – Have you incurred large medical bills this year? Organize your expenses to ensure you’ll receive a deduction on your taxes. Expenses that can be itemized include healthcare insurance premiums (unless paid by your employer), out of pocket expenses, and even $0.18 per mile for driving to the doctor.
- Charitable giving – Have you completed your donations to charity for the year? If not, right now is a great time as we fast approach the December 31 deadline. Ways to give to your favorite charity include writing a check, donating appreciated stock directly or through a donor advised fund, or through your RMD if you’re age 70½.
- Check beneficiaries – Take the time to double check the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts and life insurance policies (both personal and employer policies) to ensure they still align with your overall estate plan and goals.
- Employer benefits enrollment – Gather information on all the benefits offered by your employer to determine which ones make sense for your household. Commonly offered workplace benefits that are worth taking another look at include health savings accounts, legal services coverage, supplemental life insurance, counseling, gym reimbursement and tuition reimbursement.