Kenn B. Tacchino

Kenn B. Tacchino, JD, LLM

  • Boettner/Gregg Endowed Professor
  • Editor of Journal of Financial Service Professionals

Affiliated Programs


  • BA, Political Science & History 
    Muhlenberg College (PA)
  • JD, Law 
    Western New England University (MA)
  • LLM, Tax 
    Widener University (PA)
  • RICP, Retirement Income Planning 
    The American College (PA)

About Me

I am dedicated to helping students become professionals who are able to serve their clients with expert knowledge. I am committed to engaging students in class through an interactive learning environment.

I am a professor of taxation and financial planning at Widener University and the five-time winner of the School of Business Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. I also served as the chairperson of the department of economics, finance, and taxation.

I have been the editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals since 2001. I was formerly a full-time faculty member and a consultant to The American College. I was also a contributing author to two textbooks for the college. I was the former director of the New York Life Center for Retirement Income at the American College.

Under my leadership and with the help of leading industry experts, the New York Life Center created a popular website on retirement income and the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation. 

Research Interests

I primarily research and write about retirement and pension planning topics. I have over 100 published articles. An article I authored on calculating retirement needs helped to change how people determine the amount they need to retire.

Media Expertise

  • Retirement/financial planning
  • Accumulation models
  • Taxation



Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Publications (Last three)

  • “How Middle-Income Clients Can Decrease Taxes by Strategically Using the Qualified Charitable Distribution Strategy," Benefits Quarterly, Third Quarter, 2022
  • "Crisis Create Retirement Planning and Retirement Plan Adjustments," Journal of Financial Service Professionals, January 2022
  • “Exploring the Financial Planning Decisions Related to Greater Access to Retirement Funds Via the CARES Act,” Journal of Financial Planning, June 2020

Latest Textbook

  • "Retirement Plans & Retirement Planning, " Published by The Society of Financial Service Professionals, 2023

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP), Financial Planning Association (FPA), American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) 


  • Distinguished University Professor Award (2018-2020)
  • Distinguished SBA Service Award (2017-2018)
  • Distinguished SBA Research Professor Award (2008-2009)
  • CFP Article Award (1997)


In the Media