Provisional Income and Retirement Planning

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Provisional Income

For more than two decades, Certified Financial Planner Robert M. Ryerson has worked with a team of tax, mortgage, and insurance professionals for the financial services firm New Century Planning. Robert M. Ryerson is a noted financial planning expert and has written articles for leading publications such as Forbes covering a number of important retirement topics, including required minimum distributions and provisional income.

Provisional income is a figure calculated by the IRS to determine if a Social Security recipient’s benefits should be taxed. Provisional income is derived by combining pension payments, IRA and 401(k) distributions, capital gains, and tax-free investments with 50 percent of the anticipated annual Social Security benefits. If this number exceeds $44,000 for a couple or $34,000 for an individual, only 15 percent of Social Security benefits can be collected tax-free.

If not planned for thoughtfully, provisional income can cause retirees to face unexpected penalties and taxes, which can reduce their living standards. With the assistance of a qualified financial planner, high-earning families and individuals can arrange their post-retirement income in order to minimize the tax liabilities.

Published by Robert Ryerson

A financial professional with more than three decades of experience, Robert Ryerson works closely with clients in the Freehold, New Jersey, area to meet their financial planning needs. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at New Century Planning, he focuses on retirement income planning, as well as estate administration, regularly assisting his clients with legacy and estate planning. He also advises them on health and disability insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Supplement Plans. Mr. Ryerson’s many years helping his clients navigate the complexities of retirement planning gave him a deeper understanding of the healthcare costs that retirees face. In 2013, he drew upon this knowledge to co-author the book What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You. Outside of his work at New Century Planning, Robert M. Ryerson is a regular fixture at workshops and seminars on retirement. He has delivered several keynote speeches on the often-confusing topic of required minimum distributions. Mr. Ryerson continues to share his financial expertise as a facilitator of online courses for Certified Public Accountants through The Society for Financial Awareness. In the early 2010s, Mr. Ryerson became concerned about the threat of identity theft after noting the many cybersecurity breaches suffered by major companies. He became a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) in 2014. He has since taught identity theft recovery courses at local community colleges. Mr. Ryerson also wrote a book on the topic entitled What’s the Deal with Identity Theft: A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in economics, Mr. Ryerson began his career in the financial services industry as a stockbroker. He obtained his CFP designation in 1991 and began working as an independent financial planner a few years later. In addition, he is a notary public.

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