Case Design

Marketing Consultant


We consulted with a client and implemented a tax savings plan starting in 2015. The client had left their W-2 job, and transitioned to a consulting role and was self-employed, and the spouse had other significant W-2 income. The client quickly began generating about $300,000 annually in consistent income in the new venture, had no employees, and all expenses were reimbursed, generating approximately $115,000 in annual tax liabilities.

Retirement contributions were already maxed out, itemized deductions, college benefits were being limited, and every year the client had an increasing amount due at tax return filing and felt like they could never catch up with the increasing burden.

Fortunately, they called one of our Managing Directors at Redwood Tax Specialist

The Plan

The client was particularly in favor of tax deferral, and being in the markets with a more aggressive investment strategy. Based on the client’s preferences, cash flow needs, and budget, we designed their custom tax plan:

  • A focused retirement strategy contributing approximately $250,000 annually into retirement.
  • An optimized corporate structure to reduce the rates and provide an opportunity for enhanced reimbursements and deductions for previously non-deductible items.
  • An income shift to college age children to pay for college tax-free.
  • Implementation of an insurance strategy through the business to make the payments tax-deductible.

The Results

Combined Federal & State taxes were reduced from approximately $160,000 per year to:

2015 – $92,826  
2016– $28,824  
2017 – $680  
2018 – $26,427  

Over a four-year period, the strategies reduced taxes by $491,243. These savings created additional funds to be re-invested in the client’s equity-based savings plan, generating an additional six figures in investment capital gains from money that would have been paid to the IRS!

This client is on target to increase net worth by $1 million in five years, just by implementing a tax reduction plan for the business.