Measuring the Tax Benefit of a Tax-Deferred Annuity
Journal of Financial Planning, Forthcoming
22 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2008 Last revised: 8 Sep 2009
Date Written: August 21, 2009
In this study, we show how to measure the size of tax benefit arising from the purchase of fixed annuities - both deferred and immediate. We demonstrate how the size of tax benefit available from tax deferral depends on five factors: (1) the length of time the annuity is held during the accumulation and decumulation phases of ownership; (2) whether a deferred annuity is annuitized (either by conversion or by a 1035 exchange) at the end of the surrender period, or taken as a lump sum distribution; (3) the level of yields; (4) tax rates on ordinary income; and (5) the differential between tax rates on ordinary income and tax-preferred treatment of dividends and capital gains. We provide a set of formulae that can be used to estimate the size of tax benefit arising from tax deferral under varied scenarios.
JEL Classification: G12, H24
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