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TO THE POINT: A tax-efficient retirement funding supplement


A successful couple (ages 45 and 43) are fast approaching retirement. Together, their household income is approximately $400,000/year. They have taken full advantage of their qualified plan opportunities, making the maximum contributions allowed by the IRS. After a recent review of their retirement plan, however, they decide that they need to contribute more toward their retirement. What are their options?


The couple is in a high-income tax bracket now and anticipate remaining in a high bracket throughout retirement. With qualified plans off the table, they want to know if there are alternative accumulation options available to them – with tax advantages.


Since the couple has a long horizon (10+ years), they are in good health, and they have an excellent positive cashflow, they may consider the following option:

  • Purchase an accumulation-focused, permanent, life insurance policy on one (typically the healthiest/youngest) or both of the individuals.

  • Policy is funded and set up to have the tax profile of a Roth account:

    • Premiums are paid with after-tax dollars.

    • Accumulation within the policy is tax-deferred. No increase in couple’s current tax liability, unlike typical taxable investments.

    • Policy distributions are set up to be received tax-free, further keeping their tax liability down during retirement.

  • The policy’s death benefit is received tax-free.



The table, below, contains actual illustration amounts for a typical permanent product provided by a leading life insurance carrier. Your numbers will, of course, be different.

Sample: Male, 45, Preferred Non-Tobacco Initial Death Benefit: $399,880

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