Many middle-income Americans age 50 and older have significant gaps in their understanding of how federal taxes will impact their retirement finances. In fact, they know more about how lottery winnings are taxed than the mainstays of their retirement income.
Adults aged 50 and older in this income bracket could face negative tax implications as they near and enter retirement. Among other consequences, they risk incorrectly estimating future income from their retirement accounts, paying penalties on withdrawals, missing allowable deductions and other consequences.
With its newest study, Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement looks at the impact of taxes and tax knowledge on Americans’ retirement finances. Download the Full Study
The research for this report was conducted in February 2014 for the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement by the independent research firm The Blackstone Group. A nationwide sample of 1,000 Americans ages 50 and older, who have an annual household income of between $25,000 and $75,000, participated in the internet-based survey on questions relating to federal taxes. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.