Five Legal Ways to Get More Tax-Free Retirement Income

Having a significant retirement income is great. Legally avoiding taxes on a large retirement income is even better. The Martin Insurance Team in Evergreen Park, IL suggests five legal ways to protect your hard-earned dollars from the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue when you retire.

Fund Your Roth IRA

There is no tax deduction for your contributions to your Roth IRA, but there are no taxes on the account’s growth. In 2023, you can contribute $6,000 a year into your Roth account if you are under 50 or $7,000 a year if you are 50 or older.

Contribute To a Roth 401(k) or Roth 403(b) 

Roth 401(k) or Roth 403(b) accounts are like a Roth IRA account in that investment growth, and withdrawals are tax-free. The difference is that you can contribute up to $20,500 a year, plus a $6,500 catch-up if you are 50 or older.

Municipal Bonds and Municipal Bond Funds

The interest you earn on municipal bonds is exempt from Federal income taxes. However, you may want to invest in municipal bonds issued outside of Illinois since municipal bonds issued in Illinois are included in your Illinois income.

Health Savings Accounts

Health savings accounts offer a triple whammy of tax avoidance. You get a deduction for the money you put into the plan. You don’t pay a tax on withdrawals. And you don’t pay a tax on the growth of your investment in the plan. However, it would be best if you had an appropriate health insurance plan to open an HSA. The Martin Insurance Team in Evergreen Park, IL can give you more information on your HSA.

Cash Value Life Insurance, the "Rich People Roth" Strategy

Have you maxed out your retirement contributions? Your answer may be a cash-value life insurance policy. You won’t get a deduction for your premiums, but you won’t pay taxes on the accumulated interest on your premiums, and you can get a policy that will pay you a fixed monthly income when you retire. Ask the Martin Insurance Team in Evergreen Park, IL for the details of the life insurance plan that will work for you!