Roth IRAs—Is Your Income Really Too High?

I had a nice couple—let’s call them John and Sarah, both in their early 40s—come in to my office to discuss how to develop a sound retirement system. Sarah is self-employed and owns a small business here in town, while John is employed by a mortgage company in Taunton. They have two kids: Tommy who […]

The Journey Of Your Tax Refund

Once again, we find ourselves approaching tax time. That time when we are either excited to get back some of our hard-earned money, or disappointed to see that we owe even more than we’ve already paid. As we do our taxes, most of us have our eye on that one number, either the amount we […]

All IRAs Are Not Created Equal

If you have ever driven past our office on Teaticket Highway, you may be surprised to hear that four of us work in that small space. We do well with our tight quarters; we manage to work together without getting in each other’s way very often. Part of what makes it work is that we […]

Find Your Own Taxable ‘Sweet Spot’

In anticipation of my 50th birthday, I have challenged my three kids to race against me in the Falmouth Road Race next August. I have bet them each that I will beat them. So, about two months ago I began my quest to do just that. Each morning I have been exercising, trying to become […]

Hitting ‘Undo’ On A Roth Conversion

Over the past three years, we have discussed Roth IRAs a few times. We have reviewed what it means to have one, what the rules are that pertain to them, the implications of converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs and the possibility of re-characterizing those conversions. In light of the recent market volatility, I thought […]

Seeing The Whole Playing Field

I call them the “young ones,” newly retired couples typically in their early 60s who are anxious to plan their financial future. John and Barbara, a couple of “young ones” who retired here from Chicago, came to me for a second opinion on their investment and retirement plan. They are Cutter Family Finance readers and […]