This may be the most important time of year when it comes to managing your tax liability. Most financial decisions designed to reduce your tax bill next April have to occur by December 31. Here are six strategies to consider that might help you keep more of your money:
1. Avoid bracket creep
If you have the ability to manage your income, you may want to check to see if your income level this year could move you into a higher tax bracket. If your income is approaching a threshold, it may make sense to collect some of your income in 2017, rather than before year-end.
For example, a married couple filing a joint return in 2016 with taxable income above $75,300 (after deductions and personal exemptions) would be in the 25 percent federal tax bracket. That doesn’t mean all income is subject to a 25 percent tax rate, as … Read More