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I often get emails that read,
I want to invest in so-and-so financial instrument so that I can avoid paying income tax. Do you think this [financial instrument] is a good option? Alternatively, can you suggest other financial instruments that will further help me avoid paying income tax?
In my opinion, paying income tax and investing in a financial instrument ought to be independent and mutually exclusive actions. You should invest in a financial instrument only if it helps you achieve your financial goals — and no, “I want to avoid paying income tax” is not a financial goal.
Pay income tax. Define your financial goals. Invest in the right financial instruments; if a financial instrument does qualify for income tax deductions/exemptions, you just got the best of both worlds!
What do you think?
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