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

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

3 Proven Reasons You Need a Roth IRA

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA To be eligible for a Roth IRA you need to have earned income from wages or from self-employment.  Additionally higher income earners are not eligible.  Married couples filing a joint return with a modified adjusted gross income of less than … 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

When You Should Take Your Required Minimum Distribution Early

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Required Minimum Distribution The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS’) requires taxpayers to begin to take their Required Minimum Distribution (“RMD”) from their IRA’s and 401(k) plans by April 1st following the year they turn 72. Failure to take this RMD will … 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

No Deposit. No Return.

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA What does this mean? If you don’t put something in (deposit) you won’t get something out (return). Isn’t that the truth? This applies whether you want to learn to play the guitar, improve your culinary skills or learn how to … Read more

The Difference Between a Roth IRA and an IRA

  The Roth IRA and an IRA both offer different tax advantaged ways to save for retirement. If you are serious about your retirement plan take these 5 Easy Steps to Retirement. Roth IRA   In 2019, investors are allowed to fund a Roth IRA up to $6,000 per year. Additionally investors age 50 and … 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