With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, taxes are likely the last thing on your mind. You have until April, right? Well, there are a few end-of-year tips that you should get ahead on now to save yourself time (and money) come April.
• Donate stock that has appreciated in value – You can donate stock that has appreciated in value that you’ve had for at least a year. This can result in significant income tax savings. Also, donating stock saves you more on taxes than donating cash because there’s no capital gains tax when these stocks are given to a nonprofit. You also save on future capital gains taxes.
• Increase your 401(k) contributions – You’re allowed to contribute up to $19,000 this year if you’re under 50 and $25,000 if you’re 50 and older, and contributing more to your 401(k) by the end of the year means that you will have a lower income tax. This is especially beneficial if you’re between tax brackets.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from Kiplinger