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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.
Adding a teen driver to your plan will raise premiums, but there are things you can do to help reduce them.
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You don’t have to be college-age to use the money tax-free, but there are stipulations.
When your brokerage firm miscalculates your required minimum distributions, you have recourse.
Don't dismiss a minor error. It could be the sign of something more serious.
An umbrella insurance policy can protect your assets and future earnings from expensive lawsuits. This type of policy increases the liability limits beyond the coverage offered by your auto and homeowners ...
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Hold onto your tax documents at least until the time limit for an audit runs out—and keep some records even longer.
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Investing in travel insurance can help recover some costs when your vacation gets ruined by a natural disaster, medical emergency or other catastrophe.
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.
Before your child turns 18, you should check with your broker about the account's age of majority and termination.
Some retirement accounts will accept contributions for 2018 up until the April tax deadline.
Even if your Medicare premiums are automatically deducted from your Social Security check, you can take tax-free withdrawals from a health savings account to reimburse yourself for them.
If you didn't take out the correct required minimum distribution because your brokerage firm made a mistake, the IRS may show some leniency.
Your travel insurance might help with some costs if your trip was delayed because of the recent grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes.
Many workers will be hitting the drugstore in the next few days to use up leftover flexible spending account money from 2018 so they don’t lose it.
You don’t have to pursue a college degree to be able to use tax-free money from a 529 college-savings plan to pay for classes.
You’ll face a stiff penalty and taxes if you tap your health savings account for non-medical expenses before the age of 65. After that, the rules change.
When you invest in an IRA, 401(k) or other tax-deferred plan, you make a deal with Uncle Sam: You get years of tax-deferred growth, but you have to start taking money out—and give a cut to the IRS—after ...
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