Finding The Balance For Retirement Draw-Downs

Once they retire, the Murattis will begin drawing income from these various accounts, and after they reach age 70½, they'll have to start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their retirement plans and IRAs. But they don't have a clue about the best way to create their retirement "paychecks."

It's a common situation and the circumstances will vary for every person or couple. However, one typical objective is to minimize federal income tax from investment transactions, while preserving as much wealth as you can for a lengthy retirement.

One way to do that is by paying attention to tax brackets. Income taxes are based on a graduated seven-bracket system, with different tax rates for each bracket. The more of your income that falls into lower brackets—and so is taxed at lower rates—the better. And to the extent that you can control how much income you receive, you could try to take just enough to fill up your current bracket without moving into the next, higher one. You can use this tax bracket management strategy throughout retirement.

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