Ep. 120 Launch Financial- Food Prices Continue To Surge As We Await More CPI Data

Overview: Tune into this week’s episode of Launch Financial as we discuss interest rates and the market as we await December’s inflation report later this week along with comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell. As consumers take note of record high food prices, American’s credit card debt remains higher month to month. Check out our social channels @shermanwealth later this week for our take on December’s CPI report. 

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Here Are The Estate & Gift Tax Exclusions for 2023

The IRS has increased many contribution limits for 2023, including retirement savings, but also recently just adjusted the tax exclusions and exemptions for inflation. We want to mention a few that often times impact or apply to our clients, which involves estate planning.

For 2023, the IRS increase the annual gift tax exclusion $1,000 from $16,000 in 2022 to $17,000 for this year. So, that means that the $17,000 is the amount that a taxpayer may gift to another individual without setting off the gift tax or tapping into the taxpayer’s lifetime gift and estate tax exemption. Additionally, if the gift remains under the limit, the taxpayer does not have to report it on their tax return.  This annual exclusion is applied to each donee or receiver per year and a married couple can both utilize this exemption, donating up to $34,000 per calendar year.

Other exemptions and exclusions that may apply to your situation are the unified credit along with the generation-skipping transfer tax credit (GSTT). The unified credit which provides the limit that an individual can gift in their lifetime before setting off taxes. For 2023, the unified credit will be increased to $12.92 million and can be shared with your spouse. The GSTT exemption is an amount that can be transferred down to two or more generations younger without setting off a tax, which is also $12.92 million for this year.

Whether you or someone in your family intends on gifting money to others, it’s important to know the limits so that you can avoid setting off unnecessary taxes or penalties. Of course, consult with a tax professional with any specific tax questions you may have, or let us know your questions at info@shermanwealth.com and we are happy to point you in the right direction.

How The Secure 2.0 Act Might Impact You!

Happy New Year everyone, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. Before the start of 2023, on December 29th, Congress passed the Secure 2.0 Act that was promised to provide changes to help many Americans’ retirement plans, including over 90 updated retirement plan provisions.

The provisions are set to encourage more employers to create retirement plans and automatically enroll employees to stimulate retirement savings growth, change the age individuals must take RMDs, make it easier to take cash out of retirement and more. We wanted to share a few of the updates that may have an impact on your financial plan and will report back with additional information and changes: 

“Mandatory Retirement Auto-Enrollment 

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) 

Effective on January 1, 2023, the RMD age has been raised for some individuals based on the following criteria:

  • Born in 1950 or earlier: RMD begins at age 72
  • Born between 1951-1959: RMD begins at age 73
  • Born in 1960 or later: RMD begins at age 75 

Roth 401(k) RMD

Beginning in 2024, RMDs are no longer required from Roth 401(k) accounts. RMDs are still required from Roth 401(k) accounts in 2023. 

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Indexed for Inflation

Beginning in 2024, the maximum annual QCD of $100,000 will be adjusted for inflation. 

401(k) / SIMPLE IRA Catch-Up Contributions

Starting in 2025, some individuals can increase their employer-sponsored retirement plan catch-up contributions.

  • 401(k): Individuals whose age is 60-63 in 2025 and later will see their catch-up contribution limit increased to a greater of $10,000 or 150% of the regular catch-up contribution amount. RightCapital will default to $10,000 at this time.
  • SIMPLE IRA: Individuals whose age is 60-63 in 2025 and later will see their catch-up contribution limit increased to a greater of $5,000 or 150% of the regular catch-up contribution amount. RightCapital will default to $5,000 at this time.”

While these are only just a few of the many changes made in the Secure 2.0 Act, we know that these updates and information may be overwhelming, which is why it is important to defer to a trusted source such as your financial advisor to ensure you are understanding all and any changes. As we embark on 2023, it is a great time to get organized and review your budget and overall financial plan for the year to come. If you have any questions for us on the Secure Act 2.0 or your personal financial situation, email info@shermanwealth.com or schedule a complimentary intro call here.