When speaking with physicians, whether it is one on one, or in a group setting, two topics of conversation are a virtual constant, taxes and asset protection. Notwithstanding the litigious environment we live in, I can clearly see why physicians want to do whatever possible to protect their assets. Reducing taxes is something everyone wants to do.
Even if someone pays very little in taxes, they still want to pay less, so it only make sense that physicians want to keep more of what they make, especially after paying insurance and education costs. So if you would like protect your assets and pay less in taxes, read on.
Form a Physician Corporation
Establishing a Physician Corporation will allow you to pay various expenses from the corporation. Since these expenses are paid before you take your salary, they are deductible from your overall income, and are not taxed at all. Owning a Physician Corporation will also enable you to take advantage of other options which are only available to corporations. Pay Yourself a Salary – Of course you want to make as much money as possible, but in the end, it is really about how much you get to keep. By paying yourself the lowest possible salary, your overall tax burden will be lower, because you will not have to pay FICA taxes on the dividends you take from your Physician Corporation.
Contribute to Retirement Accounts
Your retirement accounts aid you in both reducing your taxes and protecting your assets. From a tax perspective, retirement plan contributions are not subject to income or FICA taxes, so the more you can contribute, the lower your tax bill. As it pertains to protecting your assets, in most states, retirement accounts are not subject to levy as payment in the event of a civil judgment. Therefore, the more you contribute to these plans, the more assets you have protected. Create a Physician
As the owner of your Physician Corporation, you are able to establish a Physician Pension for yourself. This does two things. First, it allows you to fund a retirement vehicle for yourself as an expense to the business. These funds are not taxed, and do not require you to take a significant salary in order to make the contributions. Second, as a retirement account, these funds are also protected from civil judgment in most states.
Hire a Physician Business Manager
At first glance, you may be saying to yourself that this is an unnecessary expense. With some additional time, you will come to realize that it takes some expertise and experience, and hiring a professional is well worth it. Protecting your assets and reducing your taxes is a full time job that takes expertise and experience. It also requires a disciplined approach that experience tells us is best implemented by someone other than yourself. After all, our experience has told us that more often than not, assets need to be protected from one ́s own spending habits, and perhaps those of a spouse or possible ex-spouse. Your Physician Business Manager will give you the facts; they will not tell you simply what you want to hear. While you may not always like the answer, you will appreciate the candor, and will always know that your best interests are always the first priority.
Trying to manage a significant income and sizeable assets on your own can be a daunting task and if not done properly can wind up unnecessarily costing you tens of thousands of dollars. After all, earning a significant income comes with a great deal of personal responsibility. If you feel like it may take more time and effort than you personally want to invest, don ́t be afraid to outsource it to a professional who will always look out for your best interests. You are a professional, and people look to you as an expert. You should not be hesitant in doing the same.
My Professional CFO, LLC, is a Business Management firm providing the highest level of service in three key areas of importance to Independent Contractor Physicians, Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.
We specialize in Corporation filings and ongoing Compliance, Accounting and Payroll, and Investment Management. Our professionals will assist you in forming the appropriate type of company for your situation and work with you to make sure your company remains compliant. We provide ongoing Accounting and Payroll services to make certain all bills are paid and necessary tax forms and withholding payments are made in a timely manner, as well as the set up and management of your retirement accounts.
We are not simply a document filing service; we are here to help you with the part of the business that you have to do, so you can focus on what you love to do.
Alan Conner, MBA – President of My Professional CFO, LLC has nearly 2 decades of experience working with professionals and small business during both the start-up and ongoing management. He has written countless business plans and has managed assets for both institutions and high net worth clients.
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