Financial Independence/Retire Early -- Learn How!
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- Joined:Thu Nov 21, 2002 12:53 pm
- Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
Taxing problem for benefits
Greetings FIRE folk
If you want to replace your purchasing power in retirement, you'll have to pay more taxes to Uncle Sam today. You'll have to pay still more tomorrow. This will happen because Uncle Sam has had the power to tax Social Security benefits since 1983.
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... 930f0.html
That, dear reader, is one of the reasons we need to chuck the entire tax code and start over.
I'm in favor of reverting the current tax code to a 1950's ish, model.
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- Joined:Sun Jul 06, 2003 4:00 am
I favor a 1900 style federal tax code. That is, no federal income tax at all. No federal sales tax.
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- Joined:Sat Jun 12, 2004 4:00 am
- Location:LA till Katrina, now MO
The Federal tax code is why I am shifting deck chairs on the Titanic - using the ORP Retirement Calculator to try out the effects of mini Roth Conversions, taking SS late, looking at beefing up dividend stocks(not easily simulated on a calculator). Age 62 this year, filing single, 65% Trad. IRA, while age 70 1/2 RMD is better now - but??? - that back door tax on SS??
Letting the 15% bracket wag the dog might be dangerous - but again like fund expenses - I don't want to pay a lot in taxes.
And then there is Mark Twain's famous dictum: "When Congress is in session" - the ding dongs will change the rules - right AFTER I make my portfolio moves.