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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
Semiretired or part-time workers saving money in an IRA or other retirement plan may qualify for an often-ignored tax credit that will lower their tax bill.
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Federal rules allow you to roll over money from an IRA to an HSA once in your life. But you may forfeit a tax break by doing so.
Identity thieves are getting more sophisticated at tricking taxpayers into revealing their personal information. Here are some scams you may encounter this tax season and ways to tell fact from fraud.
The new federal tax law allows families to use 529 college plans to pay tuition for kindergarten through high school. But doing so before state laws are revised to reflect the new rules could trigger a tax and a penalty.
Contributing to a young worker's Roth IRA can help a student start saving for retirement, although the timing of this gift could affect financial aid for college.
As the Roth turns 20, the new tax law gives it an edge for savers.
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New rules make it easier to leave money in the low-cost Thrift Savings Plan.
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Even the best-laid plans for retirement can suddenly go awry if a major life event strikes. For example, a sudden job loss, a marital break-up or becoming a caregiver for an ailing parent or spouse can ...
How to tell if you’ve saved enough to retire when you want, and what to do if you haven’t.
Under the new tax law, families with a 529 college-savings plan can now roll that money into a tax-friendly ABLE account to help a child with a disability.
We tell you how much you can contribute to an HSA in the year you sign up for Medicare, plus other ways to coordinate HSAs and Medicare.
It can take a while to sort out who's at fault, but if you file a claim with your insurer, it will ensure you get the money to make repairs.
When it comes to taking the first required minimum distribution from your IRA or making tax-free withdrawals for charitable donations, the rules can be tricky.
The reduction in tax rates under the new tax law could make contributing to a Roth IRA more attractive even for those nearing retirement.
In an audit, the IRS may deny your charitable write-offs if you don't have a record of your contributions.
Basic rules for charitable deductions stay the same under the new tax law, but a near doubling of the standard deduction may change people's giving.
One big reason: Advanced safety features cost more to repair or replace.
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