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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.
Before your drone takes to the sky, see if your insurer will cover any damages the unmanned aircraft may cause to others or their property.
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Medicare beneficiaries can see their premiums go up if their income rises, although for some that increase will be only temporary.
If you leave your job while you have an outstanding 401(k) loan, Uncle Sam now gives you extra time to repay it -- thanks to the new tax law.
You can convert tax-deferred money in a traditional IRA into tax-free cash by rolling it over to a health savings account and using it to pay for medical bills.
Your car insurance bill is probably one of your largest regular expenses—especially if you have teenage drivers.
To trim your premium, ask your insurer for a list of discounts, and let it know if you ...
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Your IRA administrator will send you a 1099-R, noting your entire distribution; you need to report it to Uncle Sam -- and call out what portion was used as a qualified charitable distribution -- on your 1040.
Determine whether it’s important for you to have tax-free money in retirement.
Here’s why it’s important to have a detailed log of your expenses while working with a charity.
These workarounds should help curb the Rx stalemate.
Your options range from conventional coverage to tapping your life insurance benefits.
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Even with today's simplified variable annuities, you need a good grasp of the pros and cons before putting part of your nest egg into one.
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Working parents may be able use their flexible spending account along with the child and dependent care credit to save on taxes when paying for child care.
You need the following forms to verify income, deductible expenses and charitable gifts when filing your income tax return.
You may need to pay income taxes on a portion of your Social Security benefits, based on your income. But knowing the rules and a few key strategies can help you minimize the tax hit.
Whether or not ...
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New rules in 2019 give consumers more time and options to change their Medicare Advantage plan if they don't like it.
Plus, find out about the partial shutdown's impact on health coverage for veterans and government employees.