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Calculating the Taxable Income on an Annuity

Annuities may be an incredible method to save for retirement, but to avoid paying too much in taxes, it is important to comprehend how much of your annuity is taxable. Depending on how you purchased the annuity, your payments may or may not be taxed.  Individuals may save money for the future with annuities while simultaneously enjoying tax-deferred growth. When an annuity owner accepts a lifelong stream of payments, the IRS anticipates getting a proportion of the taxable amount. The funding for annuities comes from ordinary income unless the annuities are set up as a qualifying pre-tax plan, like an IRA. Only the increase is a taxable gain because annuity owners have paid taxes on the money they invested in their annuities.  As mentioned above, the form of the annuity will determine how to calculate taxable income on an annuity. Once you activate the income using the annuitization products, SPIAs, DIAs, and QLACs, that revenue will start to flow.    An income rider, which can be applied to a deferred annuity such as an indexed annuity or a variable annuity, is the second sort of annuity income guarantee that you need to be aware of. The bulk of income riders are what is known as withdrawal products, and these include a distinct computation. They are not annuitized. Although you are withdrawing from the policy and will continue to get payments for the rest of your life, they are a lifelong income stream guarantee. Thus, annuitization and withdrawal are the two types: DIA, QLAC, SPIA, and income rider.  The type of account the annuity is within largely determines how to calculate the taxable income on your annuity. Since you have been deferring taxes, if it is an IRA of the traditional type, the whole amount that is withdrawn is taxed. You must pay taxes on the interest if the account is non-qualified, sometimes known as one that is not an IRA. And if it’s a Roth IRA, there are no taxes due.  Moreover, choosing a method of withdrawal will also affect the taxes you owe on your annuity. There are, therefore, a few options. Annuitization refers to annuitized products like Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts, Single Premium Immediate Annuities, and Deferred Income Annuities. When that income begins, it will consist of both interest and a return of principal. As a result, the principal amount plus interest will be returned with each payment.  For instance, even though you pay taxes on the interest in a non-qualified or non-IRA account, you’ll still receive a lifelong income stream even when the account hits zero. After the account goes to zero, all that money will be subject to taxation. Income riders will be subject to LIFO (last in, first out) taxation on the income. As a result, up until you achieve the principle, you will pay taxes on that income stream. When you reach the principle, the income will continue to flow, and your income will not be taxed. The revenue stream continues until the account reaches zero, and at that point, it is all taxed.  When computing the taxable income on your annuity, it stands to reason that if you’re in a low tax bracket, you’ll pay less. You will pay extra taxes if you are a high roller in a high tax bracket. Also, keep in mind that all annuity income is recorded as regular income and an IRS 1099 will be issued. 
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Craig E. Vukich is a 35 year retirement specialist and Financial Advisor who has helped thousands of clients all over the country with their investment portfolios and retirement strategies. In that time, Craig has also helped seniors and retirees with their Medicare options as healthcare continues to be one of the most confusing issues facing people today. Personally, Craig lives in Beaver Falls, Pa with his beautiful wife and childhood sweetheart Barb and their lovely daughter Shalyn. Craig is a graduate of Westminster College which is about an hour north of Pittsburgh. Craig is a recreational golfer and traveler and Pittsburgh sports fanatic.

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