Tax season is among us. Many people are starting to gather all the documents for deductions and trying to find every saving. For some, this is exactly what they need, but many others can benefit from a different tax strategy. Instead of doing damage control every year, why not plan out your taxes for the next 5, 10, and even 20 years?



This is the most common tax practice. Most Americans see their accountant or tax preparer once or twice during the busy season of February through April. Simply, tax preparation helps you file your tax returns. This ensures compliancy with the IRS while looking for tax savings. This strategy can be most useful for those with straightforward tax situations.

Tax preparation, for the most part, follows a template and is not fully customized. This strategy typically involves gathering, prepping, and submitting the necessary forms.

Some people chose to do this themselves or through an online tax preparer. This strategy relies on finding savings rather than making savings. What’s the difference? When finding savings, you’re looking for ways to deduct expenses from your taxes. When making savings, you’re planning your affairs creatively to legally reduce the amount of tax you’ll pay.


If you’re like many people who wait until tax season to focus on taxes, it’s too late for planning. Tax planning designs a customized game plan that takes into account your previous, current, and projected future spending. The right tax specialists know, understand, and stay informed with changes on the Tax Code so they can ensure you’re compliant with the law while reducing your tax liability. They advise you how to spend and report before you do anything. These plans can go as far as 20 years into the future, and update annually along with any tax law changes.

This money-saving tax style isn’t for everyone. Usually, business owners or those with several or complicated income paths utilize this strategy. Most professionals will provide you with a blueprint with their suggestions and how to spend wisely.

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While tax planning may cost more upfront, it can also save you much more than traditional tax preparation. Tax professionals spend more time researching and analyzing because it is unique to your situation. This can also ensure you’re staying on the good side of the IRS through the extensive knowledge and research of the professionals while keeping more in your wallet. Lastly, they are typically more aware of creative approaches to tax-reduction that your CPA would not necessarily know about. A CPA is knowledgeable about how to file your taxes and follow the letter of the law, but they are not a tax attorney, a financial consultant, or an investment advisor. These jobs are separate because they have different areas of expertise.


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Without a proper custom analysis, it’s hard to say which is best for your situation. For a quick decision, consider this: if you have a simple tax situation, tax preparation may be a better option but if you have a complicated tax situation or own a business, tax planning could be more efficient (and provide more savings long term). If you feel you’re not making the most of your tax reductions, meeting with a tax professional could help.

If you aren’t sure which to choose, let us help! At RGA, we offer comprehensive tax planning that is fully customized to your situation, past and future spending, and complies with the entire 6,550-page IRS Tax Code. Many of our clients saved tens of thousands when switching to tax planning. We offer complimentary tax strategy consultations so we can potentially figure out your best option. Click the button below, call 1-800-467-8152, or email to schedule a time to chat about your tax concerns.


If you’re good in the tax department, but are curious how you could optimize your retirement or financial plan, let’s talk. You can select from any of these options:

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