This course gives CPAs the knowledge to help their clients plan for retirement by evaluating how much retirement income they will require and planning for how to reach their retirement goals.
- Help clients determine how much retirement income is necessary for the desired retirement lifestyle.
- Identify resources available for retirement.
- Understand how to build the three-legged retirement stool: employer retirement, savings, and Social Security.
- Develop Plan B when the ideal retirement goal is not achievable.
- Explain ways that clients can convert the equity in a home to retirement income.
- Explain how the value of a small business can be converted to retirement income.
- Explain survival possibilities and how first-to-die and last-to-die survival probabilities are used in retirement planning for married couples.
- Understand timing regarding the use of taxable retirement funds and nontaxable funds, and strategies to minimize income tax on Social Security.
- Recognize the role of various investment types, such as life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, equity holdings, and bonds in retirement planning.
- Summarize key points of recent research on the sustainability of retirement income and maintenance of desired retirement lifestyles
- Retirement planning using variables such as desired lifestyle, travel plans, housing plans, medical needs and family needs to customize a retirement plan unique to the client.
- Using the residence and other real estate as retirement assets through equity and rent.
- Using the small business as a retirement resource through creative retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, and converting the value of the business through sales within the family or to an outside party.
- Asset allocation, portfolio management, portfolio rebalancing, and investment selection concepts, before and after retirement, tax-saving investment transactions, and the optimal asset mix between retirement plans and taxable savings
- Developing a three-legged retirement stool of employer retirement, savings, and Social Security, and timing the use of the legs of the stool to maximize after tax retirement benefits.
- Distribution/asset liquidation planning including the pros and cons of various annuity options, guidelines/strategies using the minimum required distribution rules for qualified plans and IRAs, beneficiary elections, and the use of trusts
- Sustainable portfolio withdrawal rates during retirement for differing stock/bond/cash asset allocations, inflation rates, and tax rates both from tax deferred accounts and taxable accounts
- Analysis of the most current/important research on retirement planning and sustaining retirement income levels and lifestyles and the impact of the most recent tax laws, regulations, and rulings.