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  • Writer's pictureBrian R. Schobel, CPA

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies: Optimizing Your Tax Outcomes

As the year winds down, it's crucial for both businesses and individuals to review their tax situation. Strategic planning can greatly affect your tax liabilities. Here's a condensed guide to making the most of year-end tax moves:

Income and Expenses Review: Assess your annual income and expenses. If you're facing higher income than expected, think about ways to defer additional income or fast-track deductions.

Retirement Contributions: Max out contributions to retirement accounts. It's a step towards a secure future and reduces your taxable income.

Harvest Investment Losses: Consider offloading underperforming investments to counterbalance capital gains, which can lower your taxable income.

Tax Credits: Stay informed about federal and state tax credits. Certain credits, like those for energy efficiency, can offer considerable savings.

Strategic Gifting: Reduce your taxable estate by gifting assets to loved ones, keeping within the annual exclusion amount to avoid tax implications.

Prepay Deductible Expenses: If you foresee a higher tax bracket next year, prepaying deductible expenses might be advantageous.

Check Your Withholding: Major life changes can affect your tax situation. Ensure your withholding aligns with your current circumstances.

Charitable Contributions: Donations to certified charities can trim your taxable income. Always retain necessary receipts and documentation.

Invest in Business Equipment: Businesses can reap deductions from equipment purchases, thanks to specific tax codes like Section 179.

Stay Tax Law Savvy: Tax laws evolve. Stay updated to leverage any new benefits or prepare for changes.


Year-end tax planning can significantly influence your tax bill. Adopting these strategies, tailored to your situation, can lead to beneficial outcomes during tax season.

Need Expert Guidance?

Tax planning can be intricate. If you're seeking expert advice, BRS CPA is ready to assist. Reach out and let's optimize your tax strategy together.

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