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Exploring Options for Tax Payments

A closer look at ways to generate liquidity while keeping your portfolio intact this tax season

Tax season can create a liquidity crunch for almost anyone, including high-net-worth families and investors. Whether you pay both business and personal taxes, need to maximize prior-year retirement account contributions or have property taxes coming due, you may need a liquidity solution that doesn’t disrupt your long-term financial goals.

If you need to find funds for tax payments, and you do not have sufficient cash savings, you have several options. Selling securities can provide cash within a few days, but it may disrupt your investment strategy and create a new tax liability for the current year. Consider whether a borrowing solution could be useful to help you pay for tax payments. Speak with your advisor about the range of potential credit solutions. Paying taxes with a credit card may come with high interest rates and potential fees. A short-term bank loan may take more time than you have before your taxes are due. Below are a few credit solutions you could ask your advisor about.

A Loan Management Account® (LMA® account) 1 and a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) are two convenient alternatives available from Bank of America® that may allow you to leverage existing assets as collateral for a flexible line of credit and maintain your current wealth management strategy.

Loan Management Account® (LMA® account) 1

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

If you have a significant portfolio of eligible investments, this option allows you to borrow against the value of your pledged securities. An LMA account can:

  • Give you on-demand access to the cash you need for taxes or other large purchases without having to sell your investments.
  • Help you avoid the tax consequences of selling appreciated investments.
  • Offer competitive interest rates with no application fee or annual fees.

If you have available equity in a home you own, this option allows you to borrow against the equity without taking out a traditional mortgage. A HELOC can:

  • Give you on-demand access to the cash you need, secured by your home.
  • Serve as a revolving credit line during the draw period that can be used for large purchases or expenses.
  • Often offer a lower interest rate than some other common types of loans.

How does an LMA Account work?

When you open an LMA account, your total available credit will be based primarily on the combined value of all your eligible assets used as collateral. Your financial advisor can help you open the account.

  • You can easily access funds, generally within one day of approval.
  • Choose from both variable-rate and fixed-rate loans2 and manage multiple loans through a single account.
  • An LMA has no annual fee and no minimum balance required after your credit line is established, so you can access funds at any time.
  • You can continue to manage your brokerage accounts even though you've used them as collateral, subject to certain restrictions.
  • Note that securities-based financing involves special risks and is not for everyone. Be sure you consider these risks before borrowing (see below).

How does a HELOC work?

When you open a HELOC, your total available credit will be based on a percentage of your home’s value, less any amount you still owe on the home.

  • Your advisor will introduce you to a Bank of America Wealth Management lending specialist who will help submit your application.
  • You can convert some or all of your variable-rate balance to a fixed-rate. 2
  • After you are approved and your line of credit is opened, funds will be available anytime online, by phone, at Bank of America financial centers, via a Visa® Access Card, or with no-access-fee checks.
  • Borrow as little or as much as you need up to your available credit limit throughout your draw period; your available credit is replenished as you repay the outstanding balance, so you can borrow against it again if you need to.
  • You can manage your account and make payments online or using the Bank of America mobile app.

Loan Management Account® (LMA® account) 1

If you have a significant portfolio of eligible investments,this option allows you to borrow against the value of your pledged securities. An LMA account can:

  • Give you on-demand access to the cash you need for taxes or other large purchases without having to sell your investments.
  • Help you avoid the tax consequences of selling appreciated investments.
  • Offer competitive interest rates with no application fee or annual fees

How does an LMA Account work?

When you open an LMA account, your total available credit will be based primarily on the combined value of all your eligible assets used as collateral. Your financial advisor can help you open the account.

  • You can easily access funds, generally within one day of approval.
  • Choose from both variable-rate and fixed-rate loans 2 and manage multiple loans through a single account.
  • An LMA has no annual fee and no minimum balance required after your credit line is established, so you can access funds at any time.
  • You can continue to manage your brokerage accounts even though you've used them as collateral, subject to certain restrictions.
  • Note that securities-based financing involves special risks and is not for everyone. Be sure you consider these risks before borrowing (see below).

 

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

If you have available equity in a home you own,this option allows you to borrow against the equity without taking out a traditional mortgage. A HELOC can:

  • Give you on-demand access to the cash you need, secured by your home.
  • Serve as a revolving credit line during the draw period that can be used for large purchases or expenses.
  • Often offer a lower interest rate than some other common types of loans.

How does a HELOC work?

When you open a HELOC, your total available credit will be based on a percentage of your home’s value, less any amount you still owe on the home.

  • Your advisor will introduce you to a Bank of America Wealth Management lending specialist who will help submit your application
  • You can convert some or all of your variable-rate balance to a fixed-rate. 2
  • After you are approved and your line of credit is opened, funds will be available anytime online, by phone, at Bank of America financial centers, via a Visa® Access Card, or with no-access-fee checks.
  • Borrow as little or as much as you need up to your available credit limit throughout your draw period; your available credit is replenished as you repay the outstanding balance, so you can borrow against it again if you need to.
  • You can manage your account and make payments online or using the Bank of America mobile app.

 

Risks

LMA Borrowing
Securities-based financing involves special risks. Clients should review their LMA Loan Agreement and related documents and disclosures carefully and consult with their own independent tax and legal advisors.

Some risks to consider include:

  1. A decline in the value of collateral assets may require the client to provide additional funds or securities to avoid a collateral maintenance call. Clients can lose more funds than are held in the collateral account. The LMA account is a full recourse loan and the account holder will be liable for any deficiency.
  2. The Bank can force the sale or other liquidation of any securities or other investment property in the collateral account and, unless otherwise required by law, can do so without first contacting the account holder.
  3. The account holder is not entitled to choose which securities in the collateral account are liquidated or sold.
  4. The Bank can change its collateral maintenance requirement at any time without notice to clients.
  5. Clients are not entitled to an extension of time to satisfy the Bank’s collateral maintenance requirement.
  6. There may be adverse tax or other consequences to clients if securities are sold or otherwise liquidated by the Bank.
  7. The LMA account is an uncommitted facility, although loans to individuals and trusts may be committed in an amount not to exceed $100,000. The Bank may demand full or partial repayment at any time, and any commitment may be immediately terminated.
  8. For fixed-rate advances and term loans, principal payments made in advance of the end of the applicable fixed-rate period, whether voluntarily or involuntarily (due to demand or liquidation by the Bank), may be subject to a substantial breakage fee as determined by the Bank.
  9. Some restrictions on the use of LMA account proceeds may apply under the terms of loan documents and applicable laws and regulations. The LMA account cannot be used to purchase marketable securities unless specifically agreed by the Bank.

 

HELOC

  • Interest rate risk–As a variable-rate loan, interest rates and payments can change. Clients should carefully consider these risks before borrowing.
  • Potential repayment volatility – For clients who opt for an initial interest-only payment period, at the end of this period, they will still owe the original amount borrowed, and the monthly payment will increase significantly and may result in "payment shock" — even if interest rates stay the same. If you want to make interest-only payments, you should discuss with your Wealth Management Lending Officer what the payments will be after the end of the interest-only period.
  • HELOC funds may not be used to purchase, carry or trade securities or repay debt incurred to purchase, carry or trade securities.

 

Learn more

Your Merrill advisor can help you consider your available options, open an account if appropriate and choose the best loan structure for your needs. Consult your legal or tax advisor for additional guidance on tax implications of current liquidity options and planning for future tax liabilities. 3

3 questions to ask your financial advisor

  1. How can I keep my financial strategy on track while still generating liquidity for taxes?
  2. What are the risks of using my home equity to cover my tax expense?
  3. What are the pros and cons associated with these liquidity options?

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1 The Loan Management Account (LMA account) is a demand line of credit provided by Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Equal Opportunity Lender. The LMA account requires a brokerage account at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and sufficient eligible collateral to support a minimum credit facility size of $100,000. All securities are subject to credit approval and Bank of America, N.A. may change its collateral maintenance requirements at any time. Securities-based financing involves special risks and is not for everyone. When considering a securities-based loan, consideration should be given to individual requirements, portfolio composition and risk tolerance, as well as capital gains, portfolio performance expectations and investment time horizon. The securities or other assets in any collateral account may be sold to meet a collateral call without notice to the client, the client is not entitled to an extension of time on the collateral call and the client is not entitled to choose which securities or other assets will be sold. The client can lose more funds than deposited in such collateral account. The LMA account is uncommitted and Bank of America, N.A. may demand full repayment at any time. A complete description of the loan terms can be found within the LMA account agreement. Clients should consult their own independent tax and legal advisors. Some restrictions may apply to purpose loans and not all managed accounts are eligible as collateral. All applications for LMA accounts are subject to approval by Bank of America, N.A.

2 Fixed-Rate Loan Option at account opening: You may convert a withdrawal from your home equity line of credit (HELOC) account into a Fixed-Rate Loan Option, resulting in fixed monthly payments at a fixed interest rate. The minimum HELOC amount that can be converted at account opening into a Fixed-Rate Loan Option is $15,000 and the maximum amount that can be converted is limited to 90% of the maximum line amount. The minimum loan term is 1 year, and the maximum term will not exceed the account maturity date.

Fixed-Rate Loan Option during loan term: You may convert all or a portion of your outstanding HELOC variable-rate balance to a Fixed-Rate Loan Option, resulting in fixed monthly payments at a fixed interest rate. The minimum outstanding balance that can be converted into a Fixed-Rate Loan Option is $5,000 from an existing HELOC account. The minimum loan term is 1 year, and the maximum term will not exceed the account maturity date. No more than three Fixed-Rate Loan Options may be open at one time. Rates for the Fixed-Rate Loan Option are typically higher than variable rates on the HELOC.

3 Before taking out any mortgage or line of credit, borrowers should consult their tax advisor to understand the implications of each of their options.

Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A., and affiliated banks, Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.  Equal Housing Lender. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

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