The largest block of retirement savings in America is in ERISA qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans: totally tax deductible. But as a consequence of using an ERISA plan comes the loss of recoverable basis. All ERISA qualified plan income is taxed at ordinary income rates and is included in the provisional income test for Social Security benefit taxation. Taxes are the number one expense in retirement and can erode the cash flow necessary to meet essential retirement spending as well as restrict discretionary spending, i.e. no fun money  To combat the present 20 trillion dollar debt and 60 trillion in future obligations, taxes must go up and that’s not factoring in any budgetary spending increases. It is inevitable that Millennial retirees will pay a significant portion of their retirement plan dollars and Social Security benefits to taxes, perhaps up to 40%!  None of this includes the true cost of living that could impact the purchasing power of your retirement dollar. The qualified plan trap will ensnare many unsuspecting seniors fifty years from now. Many Millennials are convinced there must be a better way. And they’re right.  There are some little-known tax favored funding vehicles that you can take   Read more…