Six Biggest Mistakes Made on Retirees’ Tax Returns

Reducing your lifetime tax bill is the goal, so if you or your tax preparer made any of these mistakes, an amended return or better planning might be in your future.

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The only thing worse than the monotonous task of preparing your tax return, or preparing your CPA to prepare your tax return, is doing it again on an amended return. We work with retirees to help maximize income, minimize taxes and plan their estate. Below are the six most common mistakes we see retirees make when seeking to minimize their lifetime tax burden.

Meet John and Linda. They are a newly retired fictional couple. We will use their story to illustrate, and help you prevent, some of the following mistakes.

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Evan T. Beach, CFP®, AWMA®
President, Exit 59 Advisory

After graduating from the University of Delaware and Georgetown University, I pursued a career in financial planning. At age 26, I earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.  I also hold the IRS Enrolled Agent license, which allows for a unique approach to planning that can be beneficial to retirees and those selling their businesses, who are eager to minimize lifetime taxes and maximize income.