Estate & Retirement Planning

Your future can be more secure with the help of a Smith Schafer advisor. Because we understand your individual tax situation and changing state and federal estate tax laws, we can help you determine the appropriate immediate and long-term financial strategies. Then we point you to the right resources.

Plan ahead. Gain peace of mind.

We combine individual consulting with a view of generational and business holdings and interests, ensuring that your strategy is comprehensive, risk aware and growth focused. Make sure you have enough saved for retirement, and that the money goes to your chosen heirs and causes. You may be surprised what your estate is worth, so smart planning now could save thousands of dollars later. Our estate and retirement professionals can show you ways to plan for your future while reducing your current and future tax obligations. 

Estate & Retirement planning Services:

Estate Planning Services

Planning for the distribution of your financial resources and property can be difficult. Smith Schafer CPAs take a comprehensive approach so you can be assured your wishes will be honored. We can help with:

  • Define Estate Plan Goals
  • Review Wills, Trusts & Retirement Plans
  • Asset Restructure
  • Estimate Estate Taxes
  • Identify Tax Savings
  • Succession Planning
  • Valuations
  • Gifting & Charitable Planning

Retirement Planning Services

The sooner you start planning for retirement, the better. Specialized guidance and support from Smith Schafer CPAs can help you develop a plan that delivers a secure retirement and peace of mind during your pre-retirement years. We can help with:

  • Review Income & Expenses
  • Recommend Tax Efficient Financial Tools
  • Determine Tax-deferred Retirement Vehicles
  • Calculate Withdrawal Percentage
  • Create Income Plan
  • Distribution Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Risk Management
  • Wealth Management

Contact us today to explore a broad range of tax savings opportunities that will help you make well-informed decisions regarding the future of your estate or business.

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Estate & Retirement Planning Resources

Important Estate Tax Portability Update Announced

Important Estate Tax Portability Update Announced

If the federal estate tax exemption is cut approximately in half in 2026, as is currently scheduled, it may create significant issues for Minnesota taxpayers. The matter becomes especially challenging when one considers what may happen if the portability election is not made.

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ESOPs & Succession Planning for your Transportation company

ESOPs & Succession Planning for your Transportation company

This article will provide insight on employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) and how they can be an option for succession planning for transportation companies. An ESOP can provide many benefits, such as tax savings for owners and the business and increasing the culture of ownership by involving employees who have shown service and loyalty.

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