Tax planning is not defined (or regulated) quite as clearly as tax advice. Tax planning can be defined as the analysis of a specific situation or longer term financial plan with the goal of reducing someone’s tax liability.
Some choose to define this as ensuring a taxpayer’s tax liability in a given year is as low as possible. However, taking a longer view may adjust that slightly to ensuring that a taxpayer’s lifetime tax liability is as low as possible. As any advisor (or accountant) knows, it may be advantageous to pay some taxes in one year – even if you don’t need to – if that means paying significantly less in future years.
So…What is the Difference Between Tax Advice and Tax Planning?
In short, tax advice is more concrete and definitive than tax planning. Tax advice says, “You should do this or that” and, as a result, carries with it more of the liability issue of being wrong, because you “told” someone to do something. Tax planning is more suggestive of possibilities and not necessarily as definitive. It is more conceptual, with the general tone of conversations being “What might this look like? What if we did this? Etc.”
Tax advice is offered by accountants, not advisors, but we can work with your CPA to validate our planning so we can help you implement your tax savings!
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