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Review Clients' Tax Returns to Find Planning Opportunities

Review Clients' Tax Returns to Find Planning Opportunities



Your clients’ tax returns can provide a wealth of information for planning purposes.  The 1040 and Schedule A overlays point to specific sections of the tax return that you might find helpful and informative – and provide planning suggestions for each.  It’s as easy as lining up the pages.  The 1040 guide and overlays brochure provide additional resources to help you decide if additional coverage or planning is necessary. This is also a powerful way to work with tax advisors to show them planning opportunities they may not normally recognize.


Here’s an example of using the 1040 overlay for hypothetical clients, Scott and Mindy:

On Scott and Mindy’s tax return, you can see that they:

Which could mean:

Earn high W-2 income

They may be subject to additional tax on earned income and looking for ways to defer income.  If they earn over a certain amount, they may not qualify for deductible IRAs or Roth IRAs, and may want to explore a “Roth IRA Alternative.”

Have interest and dividend income

They may have other assets you don’t know about.  You could help them diversify assets into lower-taxed or tax-deferred assets, such as annuities or life insurance.

Take real estate-related deductions

They may own rental property, which is an illiquid asset that requires specialized planning.

Please be advised that this webpage is not intended as legal or tax advice. Accordingly, any tax information provided in this article is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. The tax information was written to support the promotion or marketing of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed, and your clients should seek advice based on their particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. Neither AXA Equitable nor its affiliates provide legal or tax advice.

IU-106800 (11/2015)

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