|Salary||R120,000 p.a.||R30,000 p.a.|
|House||R800,000 with R420,000 mortgage|
|Children||Chloe age 7, Isabel 3 and Oliver age 10|
|Insurance||Adequate general & personal insurance|
The Process and Solution
A review of the couple’s most current tax return revealed how much taxable income was being generated from investments.
- The planners discovered interest that was taxed as ordinary income. They suggested investing in bonds, which incur no tax on interest.
- The planners also uncovered additional taxes because capital gains were derived on an annual basis from mutual fund distribution. Applying the best use of monies concept for their investment allocation and considering the new net investment income tax, the planners suggested tax-efficient investment strategies to help minimise taxes from capital gain distributions on an ongoing basis.
The next step was to review the husband’s company benefits. His employer, a large pharmaceutical firm, paid not only his salary, but a bonus and short and long-term incentive-based compensation, as well. SA Financial Planners helped make sure he was maximising his pension plan contributions, including its catch-up provisions.
- They reviewed his stock options, restricted stock awards, deferred compensation and performance awards. Considering their client’s anticipated retirement date, they helped coordinate the timing of when company incentive stock awards should be sold with overall income and tax objectives.
- They discussed the possibility of taking some compensation now and deferring a portion past his retirement date. A long term plan was established which optimised value from the company incentives while minimising taxes.
The planning helped to minimise the couple’s tax liability and a more tax-efficient investment strategy maximised the after-tax value from the client’s company benefits.
The Moral of the Story: Taxes, though inevitable, can be minimised.