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October 2023

Your 2023 Year-End Financial To-Do List

By | Financial Planning, Tax Planning

The end of the year is upon us. Here are some tasks to check off before 2024 arrives!

As the year wraps up, it can be a great time to take financial inventory. Your circumstances are constantly changing and evolving, and the proper financial plan is not meant to be a set-it-and-forget-it thing. With the end of the year presenting the perfect chance to revisit your goals, here are a few areas you may want to check in on before we flip the calendar to 2024.

  1. Review Your Financial Plan

As the year comes to a close, it can be a great idea to reassess your financial circumstances and make necessary adjustments to your financial plan. Maybe your goals have changed. Maybe you’re on a fast-track toward goals you expected to take longer to reach, so you can move some dates up. And remember, it’s always important to make sure that your beneficiaries are up-to-date annually on all of your accounts, investments and insurance policies.

  1. Adjust Your Monthly Budget

Now that we’re in the final quarter of the year, you may be in a good position to revisit your budget and adjust as needed. Maybe you received a nice annual bonus or raise, or maybe you’ve recently had a baby and haven’t had a chance to fine-tune your budget through the sleepless nights. No matter your circumstances or the new milestones and stages of life you reached this year, it can be a good idea to look at how your income keeps up with your expenditures and tweak accordingly.

  1. Review Your Investments

It’s important to know that diversifying with different asset classes can help protect your overall portfolio, especially important during times of increased market volatility. Be sure that your investment portfolio positions you with a level of risk you’re able to tolerate, especially as you get closer to retirement.

  1. Recalibrate Your Retirement Account Contributions [1,2,3,4]

As you traverse your career and attempt to carve out a lifestyle that will be sustainable once you get the chance to quit working and chase your retirement dreams, it’s important to know how much you’re allowed to contribute to your various accounts. In 2023, the contribution limit is $6,500 for traditional and Roth IRA accounts, and it is $22,500 for 401(k)s. In 2024, those limits are expected to increase to $7,000 and $23,000, respectively. If you’re 50 or older, you can also make catch-up contributions of up to $1,000 to your IRA and $7,500 to your 401(k). Those limits are expected to remain the same for 2024.

  1. Take Your RMDs [5,6]

Below we’ve created a chart to show the age at which you must begin taking required minimum distributions from your tax-advantage accounts that mandate them. Failure to adequately withdraw funds will result in a 50% excise tax, and the deadline to withdraw the minimum amount from tax-deferred accounts is Dec. 31. If you’ve reached the age at which you must take the distributions, withdrawing the proper minimum amounts from the correct accounts can help you avoid that hefty penalty. We’re also available to help you calculate your RMDs to ensure that you withdraw the right amount!

 

Date of Birth RMD Age
June 30, 1949, or Before 70 ½
July 1, 1959, to Dec. 31, 1950 72
Jan. 1, 1951, to Dec. 31, 1959 73
Jan. 1, 1960, or After 75

 

  1. Spend Money Left in Your FSA [7]

Unlike health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible savings accounts (FSAs) do not typically allow you to roll your excess funds into the next year. You may have a grace period provided by your employer, but even the grace period often comes with a limit as to how much can roll over. Some ideas to avoid losing funds left in your FSA include booking general wellness appointments like visits to the eye doctor, annual physicals and dental cleanings.

  1. Talk to Your Financial Professional or Advisor

The job of a financial professional, planner or advisor is to assist you with your unique circumstances and goals. We aim to provide guidance that aligns with your vision, and together we’ll navigate the path to a financial future you are comfortable with. Whether you’re looking to check off all of these boxes as the year ends or start 2024 with fresh goals, we can help!

 

If you would like to discuss your situation with a financial professional or advisor, give us a call! You can reach Bulwark Capital Management in Tacoma, Washington at 253.509.0395

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-ira-contribution-limits
  2. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-401k-and-profit-sharing-plan-contribution-limits
  3. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-catch-up-contributions
  4. https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2023/09/27/smaller-401k-ira-contribution-limit-increases-expected-in-2024/
  5. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-required-minimum-distributions-rmds
  6. https://www.orba.com/what-is-your-required-minimum-distribution-age/
  7. https://www.goodrx.com/insurance/fsa-hsa/hsa-fsa-roll-over

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