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

The Difference Between Tax-Free and Taxable Investments

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Investors need to know the difference between tax-free and taxable investments. Tax-Free Investments One way to have tax-free investments is to own state or municipal bonds. The interest paid on these bonds is not taxable income on your federal income … Read more

The Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Good Debt For most folks one of their primary goals is to be Debt Free.  With that said, there will be times when it is appropriate to borrow money. Good Debt is borrowing to purchase a home. If managed appropriately, … Read more

Make Your Checks Payable to the Smith Family Education Fund…

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This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Really? It’s difficult enough when someone passes away.  It’s even more difficult when someone passes away with minor children.  It’s unbelievable when someone with minor children passes away and has not appropriately planned for the funding of their education.   It’s … Read more

The Difference Between a Roth IRA Contribution and a Roth Conversion

Roth IRA   The Roth IRA (“Roth”) is an excellent tool to help provide for retirement funding.  Here are 3 Proven Reasons You Need a Roth IRA. The Roth is a younger investor’s best vehicle to use.  Unlike the IRA, the Roth is not income tax deductible.  This means contributions to a Roth are made … 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