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P.O. Box 71
389 Shore Road
South Lyme, CT 06376

Sharon M. Dufresne & Associates

860-434-6655

 

Products & Services

Taxes
I am Enrolled Agent, tax specialist, in business for over 30 years. I specialize in individual and small business bookkeeping and tax preparation. I can take your information and produce financial statements, general ledgers and complete business and payroll tax returns. I do electronic filing. I am licensed to represent my clients at Internal Revenue Service, state and insurance audits.

Financial Services
I can provide you with valuable information to help you make important financial decisions, such as planning for retirement, buying a home, financing a college education, or investing for your family's future. I am committed to helping my clients address their long term financial goals and objectives.

Retirement Planning
People entering retirement are facing new concerns. As healthcare is improving and life expectancies rise, you are likely to live longer during retirement than past generations. Unlike your parents who likely had their retirement funded mostly with guarantees made by their employers and the government, the assets you have accumulated may be your primary source of cash flow. I can partner with you to create a plan considering the level of assets needed to fund your vision of retirement including likely income needs, potential tax implications and risks that can stand in the way of realizing your vision.

Education Planning
Funding your child's education may be one of the most important expenses you will face. A college education can greatly increase your child's earning potential over a lifetime. However, the longer you delay starting a college savings plan, the more money you may have to save. Although the most important considerations in choosing a college program are educational, there are financial ones as well. With my help, you and your family can help understand the costs of a college education and evaluate ways to help you start saving today.

Legacy Planning
Everyone should consider doing some estate planning, no matter how large or small your estate might be. However, estate planning can be a difficult process and can bring some emotional issues to light. Should you choose to put off proper planning now, it could cost your loved ones later. Estate taxes can devour the value of the estate that is intended for your heirs. Proper planning can eliminate this worry. I can help you develop a plan to maximize the amount you leave to your heirs and minimize the amount you leave to Uncle Sam.

Professional Money Management
Today's investment atmosphere presents many challenges. It is not easy to know what to do or where to turn when planning your financial future. Given this environment, more and more investors are turning to qualified financial advisors like me to assist them in creating a customized portfolio based on their individual needs.

Investment Management
Together, we can create an investment strategy that is designed just for you with your unique goals and needs in mind. I will build an investment plan that considers your investment goals, comfort level, expectations, and the effect of taxes on your portfolio. Because investment management is something that should be adjusted as your goals evolve and your portfolio changes, I will work with you on an ongoing basis to monitor your portfolio and rebalance it as needed.

Cash Flow and Debt Management
Without a clear picture of what money is flowing in and out each month, it is impossible to make informed decisions with respect to the other wealth management issues that affect you. Your debt level and credit history are also important barometers of your financial health. Good debt management ensures you have credit when you need it, make wise borrowing decisions, and avoid disaster if you become overextended. We can identify where your cash is going each month and evaluate potential opportunities to improve your cash flow through tax strategies and debt management.

Family Risk Management
Even the best investment plans can crumble if you have not properly prepared for the unexpected – risks that exist for every family such as disability, death, or a long-term-care need. I can evaluate your current risk plans to determine if they are adequately meeting your needs at this stage of your life and as you plan for the future. I will make suggestions that not only address your risk management needs but also consider the tax implication of these changes.

Business Planning
As a business owner, you likely face daily challenges such as having enough cash available to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, using the business as a vehicle to save for your and possibly your employees’ retirement, and protecting your business from a potentially devastating financial loss. I can help you evaluate and implement strategies that not only protect your business, but also take advantage of opportunities that could improve the cash flow, tax situation, benefits, and bottom line of your business.

Special Situations Planning
Throughout your life, as you pursue your long-term goals, some expected and unexpected needs will come your way, whether it is planning for a wedding, taking a spur-of-the-moment dream vacation, deciding to buy a second home or facing unexpected expenses due to unforeseen events. I am here to help you with situations that don’t always fit nicely into the other wealth management issues and determine a path to monitor your tax situation and get you through whatever financial challenges and opportunities arise.

Additional Services

  • Business Banking
  • Consumer Banking
  • Bonds
  • Stocks
  • Mutual Funds
  • Annuities
  • Bookkeeping
  • Life and Long-Term Care Insurance
  • IRA's, Rollovers, Conversions
  • Pension Plans