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Master Tax-Efficient Investing

Congratulations! You have made it to the finish line of our tax-smart financial planning series.

This week we are going to delve into the world of tax-efficient investments, a strategic approach that can maximize returns by minimizing tax liabilities. This approach is particularly beneficial for investors seeking to optimize their gains in taxable accounts, while navigating the complexities of taxation.

Here are some key benefits of tax-efficient investing.

Capital Gains Minimization: Tax-efficient investing aims to minimize capital gains taxes by strategically managing the buying, selling, and holding of assets within a taxable account. By carefully timing transactions or utilizing tax-loss harvesting strategies, investors can reduce their tax burden on realized gains.

ETF Structure: Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer tax advantages due to their unique structure. ETFs use creation units that allow for the purchase and sale of assets in the fund collectively. When an individual ETF owner sells a share, they are liable for the gain or loss of the ETF, but the stocks within the ETF that make up the share are not liquidated. Compare that to an owner of a traditional mutual fund, who needs to sell shares. In this case, the mutual fund company needs to liquidate individual stocks within the fund to pay the shareholder, resulting in ALL shareholders of the mutual fund absorbing the gain or loss of the individual stocks sold to cover the redemption.

Dividend Efficiency: Investors can focus on tax-efficient dividend-paying stocks or ETFs that prioritize qualified dividends, which are taxed at lower rates than ordinary income.

Municipal Bonds: Municipal bonds, issued by state and local governments, offer tax-exempt interest income at the federal level and often at the state level for investors residing in the issuing state. This makes municipal bonds an attractive option for investors in higher tax brackets seeking to generate tax-free income.

Asset Location Strategies: Tax-efficient investing involves strategic asset location, where tax-inefficient assets like bond funds are held in tax-advantaged accounts, such as retirement accounts, while tax-efficient assets like stocks, ETFs, and municipal bonds are placed in taxable accounts.

Remember, in building your portfolio, it’s not what you make – it is what you keep that counts!

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