5 Reasons to Fund a 529 College Savings Plan

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA 1) College is Expensive Financing a college education today can be a big challenge.  Having written some checks for college I find it handy to have a cold six pack close by. According to the College Board, the average tuition … Read more

How to Use the Tax Code to Retire in Style

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA How do you envision your retirement?  Spending long, lazy days at the beach? Spending more time with your grandchildren? Going golfing or fishing a lot more?  Everyone has their own ideal retirement plan.  Want more help getting to your retirement?  … Read more

Things are More Expensive When You Pay For Them Yourself

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA We never gave our children an allowance when they were growing up.  I had an allowance when I was a kid.  Unfortunately for me my dad tied what I could get for an allowance to my grades.  He would say, … Read more

7 Reasons Why All Investors Over Age 70 1/2 Should Consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Our observation is that many people are very generous with the donations they make.  It sure helps that there is likely a tax deduction for this, no question.  Many people are accustomed to donating cash, writing a check to the … Read more

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA The Hunger Games was a bestselling novel that was subsequently made into a movie.  Both were awesome.  The setting is one where the Capital is abundant in riches.  The outlying 12 Districts are all living in poverty.  Every year there … Read more

“It’s Not About the Money”

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Don’t you just love it when a Major League athlete signs a huge contract with a new team and says, “It’s not about the money.” Bull Just to be clear: It’s always about the money!   Don’t get me wrong … Read more

7 Easy Year End Tax Saving Steps for Connecticut Taxpayers

  1) Fund a CHET 529 College Savings Plan   529 College Savings Plans are an effective way to save for a child’s or grandchild’s education.  The State of Connecticut allows Connecticut Taxpayers to fund a Connecticut Higher Education Trust (“CHET”) 529 College Savings Plan and take a State Income Tax Deduction.  Married couples filing a … Read more

3 Reasons Affluent Connecticut Residents Should Consider a Roth Conversion

  Affluent folks in Connecticut should consider doing a Roth Conversion.  What is a Roth Conversion? This is when a distribution is made from an IRA, taxed and then converted into a Roth IRA. Here are Five Reasons the Affluent Should Do a Roth Conversion. 1) Reduce Your Taxable Estate   When you do a … Read more