Ep. 47 – Taxes in Retirement – Updates for 2021

Taxes aren’t something that put a smile on a lot of people’s faces. Unfortunately, you can’t escape paying taxes – even in retirement. If you’re retired and wondering how 2021 will impact how much tax you pay, how charitable tax deductions work this year, and so on, this is the episode for you.

We’re thrilled to have Tom Turner, CPA and Partner at Heroux and Company, LLP, on the podcast to discuss the ins and outs of taxes in retirement in 2021. Tom walks us through QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution), which is not subject to typical federal income taxes. Tom explains QCD in more detail and talks about how it can help reduce the amount of tax you pay in retirement, especially if you are 70 years of age or older.

We also cover unemployment benefits, medical deductions, income tax credit, and so much more!

In this episode find out:

  • How charitable tax deductions work in 2021
  • The difference between non-itemized vs. itemized tax return
  • How a qualified charitable distribution works and the tax benefits of doing so
  • How to deal with straight donations
  • How to approach medical deductions in 2021
  • What earned income tax credit is and how it works
  • What the child tax credit is this year
  • How to deal with a stimulus check concerning your tax return
  • Whether unemployment benefits are taxable or not
  • Who is eligible to deduct their home office
  • Tips for doing your taxes in 2021

Tweetable Quotes:

Make sure you make all your estimated payments to avoid an underpayment of estimated tax penalty.” – Tom Turner

Your stimulus check doesn’t go on the tax return.” – Tom Turner

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