The Truth About Taxes and Retirement

The Truth About Taxes and Retirement

Welcome to The Truth About Taxes & Retirement Podcast with J. Barry Watts from SavingYouTaxes.com. In this podcast, Barry puts four decades of experience as a Tax Strategist and Retirement Designer to work in helping business owners find ways to reduce income taxes immediately and helping people approaching retirement reduce or eliminate the taxes they will pay on their retirement income—sometimes achieving the zero percent tax bracket

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May 22, 2024 35 mins

Does the word “taxes” make you feel intimidated and overwhelmed right away? If yes, you’re not alone! It’s completely understandable. After all, the US tax code is 70,000+ pages long. As someone who deals with taxes daily, J. Barry Watts is here to enlighten you about some tips and strategies you might not know regarding taxes (so it feels less scary to you). Barry discusses: Connect With Barry Watts:

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Do you ever feel that taxation is skewed against the average citizen? Or that wealthy people don’t pay their fair share? It’s because they know how to use the tax code to their advantage! In this episode, J. Barry Watts peels back the layers of the tax system and explains how to apply the tax code’s provisions to your benefit — just like the wealthy. Barry discusses: Connect With Barry Watts:

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What do you need to feel confident in retirement? Is it $1 million? $2 million? Actually, it’s not about how much money you accumulate, but rather having a retirement income plan. Join J. Barry Watts for an insightful conversation about converting your lifetime savings into a consistent income source that lasts until the end of your life. Barry discusses: Resources: Connect With Barry Watts:

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Do you have insurance to secure your family’s financial future? If yes, when was the last time you reviewed your policy? It’s Life Insurance Awareness Month! Let’s look at how insurance plays a crucial role in your overall retirement plan. In this episode, J. Barry Watts delves into the intricacies of life insurance and the difference between death insurance and life insurance. Barry discusses: Connect With Barry Watts:

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The U.S. national debt has reached $32 trillion! There is only one way to pay off this massive debt — by raising taxes. In fact, tax rates will likely see a sharp rise on January 1st, 2026. In this episode, J. Barry Watts explains how you can tackle the rising tax problem with an effective strategy that many people overlook. Barry discusses: Resources: Connect With Barry Watts:

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What do you think is your number one expense in retirement? (Hint: It’s not healthcare.) If you said taxes, you guessed it right! Healthcare costs pale in comparison to what you pay in taxes during retirement. In this episode, J. Barry Watts helps you understand strategic tax planning, how it differs from tax compliance, and how the right team of experts can make it incredibly simple for you — so you can pay less taxes now and in r...

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Have you ever seen a rat’s nest? It is tangled, messy, and unorganized. Your retirement can end up looking just like a rat’s nest if you don’t plan properly! Your Social Security, pension, taxes, Medicare…everything entangled into a chaotic mess. In this episode, J. Barry Watts shares a six-step process to untangle the retirement rat’s nest, so you can retire with clarity and confidence. Barry discusses: Connect With Barry Watts:

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August 16, 2023 29 mins

Are you struggling to navigate Medicare? You’re not alone. The complex web of rules, acronyms, and jargon involved in this enigmatic government program leaves many scratching their heads! In this episode, J. Barry Watts demystifies Medicare and helps you make informed decisions for choosing the right plan and meeting your healthcare needs cost-effectively. Barry discusses: Connect With Barry Watts:

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You can’t afford to run out of money in retirement! When you’ve quit your job and stopped receiving a paycheck, you must protect your nest egg for the rest of your life. In this part three of a three-part series called The Three Don’ts of Retirement, J. Barry Watts shares how to build a retirement income plan and avoid running out of money. Barry discusses: Resources: Connect With Barry Watts:

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Do you think taxes are going up or down over the course of your retirement?  After surveying thousands of people, we found that overpaying in taxes is one of the greatest concerns among those preparing for retirement. In this part two of a three-part series called The Three Don’ts Of Retirement, J. Barry Watts explores ways to reduce your total tax bill throughout your retirement, especially with the current income tax rates expect...

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Many people think about a nursing home when we talk about long-term care.  But long-term care could also be care in your home. It could also include adult day care, or assisted living.  While it may not be a pleasant topic to think about, it is essential to ensure you receive the care you need while reducing the financial and emotional burden on your loved ones! In this episode, J. Barry Watts explains how to plan for your long-ter...

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Having a guaranteed lifetime income (your paychecks) during retirement can help you cover your basic living expenses, so you can focus on what’s left — the playchecks. In this episode, J. Barry Watts speaks with retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Tom Hegna, who is now a retirement expert, best-selling author, public TV host and international speaker. Together, they share ways to build reliable sources of retirement income and min...

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Insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Some people who need it don’t always want it, while others who want it may not necessarily need it. Plus, a lack of understanding of insurance and how it works could lead to poor decisions and increased reluctance. In this episode, J. Barry Watts discusses the common types of insurance plans, their tax benefits, and when one plan might be preferred over another. Barry discusses: Connect ...

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March 22, 2023 31 mins

After accumulating wealth for years, you want it to be inherited by the right beneficiaries when the time comes. (Instead of your ex-spouse from 10 years ago!) If you are the one inheriting the IRA, you want to minimize the tax liability on your inheritance. In this episode, J. Barry Watts explains the most tax-efficient way to handle inherited IRAs and setting up your IRA for optimal distribution to your loved ones. Barry discusse...

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When it comes to taxes, some legislations can feel incredibly complex to the average American, such as the recently passed SECURE Act 2.0 — which was 4,000 pages long! But don’t worry. In this episode, J. Barry Watts highlights the key changes in this new legislation and breaks down how they affect people who have IRA accounts, 401(k)s, or other types of qualified retirement plans. Barry discusses: Connect With Barry Watts:

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February 22, 2023 48 mins

“The things I teach in classes, seminars, and the podcast are the things we practice in our own lives…financially and personally.” — J. Barry Watts. In a previous episode, Barry spoke with his wife about money and marriage. Today, Barry invites his beloved daughters to the hot seat! In this episode, J. Barry Watts joins his daughters Madison and Sydnie Watts, who share their experience of growing up in the Watts household and how i...

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Are you curious about how to instill the importance of budgeting and money management into your marriage? In this episode, J. Barry Watts brings on his wife Kelly Watts to dive into the magic of budgeting and managing money. She shares her experiences with organizing the family’s finances, how she keeps track of their spending, determining categories by analyzing past spending patterns and her advice for seniors and kids. Barry and...

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Elections have consequences. The electoral decision in November has significant consequences for business owners, retirees, and tax payers.  In this episode, J. Barry Watts is joined by Congressman–Elect Eric Burlison from Missouri to discuss how the election has and will continue to impact the money in your pocket. They share their thoughts about the consequences of a divided government on our country’s future. Eric and Barry disc...

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How are we supposed to know how much money we need to live our retirement years comfortably? Is it a million dollars? Can you get by on less? How do we even go about determining this?  In this episode, J. Barry Watts explains what you need to figure out when looking to retire regarding that number in your bank account. We want to help you retire with confidence, dignity, and create a legacy for generations to follow, allowing you t...

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October 19, 2022 20 mins

Retirement is a process with a number of stages.  In this episode, J Barry Watts discusses the four key stages of retirement: Anticipation, Liberation, Reinvention and Reflection. He breaks down every stage of retirement in detail to help you identify what stage you are currently in, and gives you navigational tips for that stage and prepares you to transition to the next stage.  Barry explains: The details of every stage of retire...

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