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David Muhlbaum

Senior Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Muhlbaum made the leap from print to electronic journalism in 1995 after a stint at Dow Jones Newswires taught him about working in real time. He moved to America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting and taxes. He also writes about cars and car maintenance, for which his degree in American literature from Middlebury College qualifies him not one bit.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
September 2018

Claim These Tax Deductions Even If You Don't Itemize

One of the biggest changes the 2017 tax reform law brought was a near doubling of the standard deduction. It’s up to $12,200 on single returns for 2019 ($12,400 for 2020). Bulking up the standard deduction ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2020

The Best Cars for Senior Drivers

Older drivers shopping for new cars have one trend going for them and one that’s a problem. In their favor: The increasing popularity of small SUVs means far more vehicles have a seat that’s at just ...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2019

The Safest Used Cars for $20,000 or Less

Shopping for a used car? Want it to be as safe as possible? Here’s the hitch: The absolute safest vehicle is almost always a brand-new model. Each year, the latest cars boast more-effective active ...

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Drive Time
March 2020

How to Clean and Maintain Your Car in the Coronavirus Era

First things first: Let’s disinfect that small, enclosed space.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

States That Don't Have State Sales Tax

Many people don't factor in sales taxes when they're looking at the tax-friendliness of different states. That's a mistake. Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia impose a sales tax. In addition, ...

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Drive Time
March 2020

Should You Buy Your Next Car New or Used?

There are cases when it’s better to buy new than used. Look for low-priced cars with high resale value.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2019

11 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don't)

Funny thing about our federal system of government: There’s that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there’s an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted ...

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Drive Time
December 2019

Minivans: What’s Not to Like?

The minivan has been unfairly displaced by the three-row SUV as the family hauler of choice.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

Middle Class Tax Breaks and Deductions

If you believe that tax breaks are only available for hedge fund managers and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you're probably paying too much to the IRS. The fact is that lawmakers have enacted dozens ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

Gas-Saving Tips That Actually Work

The price of gasoline today isn’t exceptional — well off the $3+ spikes seen in the early part of this decade. On the other hand, a gallon of regular gas is still significantly higher (when accounting ...

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QUIZ
December 2019

The Winter Driving Quiz

Does the prospect of driving on winter’s slippery roads fill you with trepidation, or do you relish the opportunity to release your inner ice racer when the white stuff falls?

Take our quiz...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees, 2019

Retirees relocate for lots of different reasons, from the weather to proximity to grandchildren. Moving from a pricey part of the country to one with low housing prices could also lower your expenses and ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

Winter Car Care and Maintenance Tips 2019

Perhaps the first frost has already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper (or like many in the midwest, you've already needed to dig out your car). As you adjust to the chill, give ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

Whether you plan to retire at the beach, near the mountains or to some other dream destination, make sure you check out the local tax situation before packing your bags. If you don't, you might be unpleasantly ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

If you're thinking of moving to a different state in retirement, you'll want to consider climate, proximity to family and friends, access to quality health care, and a host of other important factors before ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

Best States for Low Taxes: 50 States Ranked for Taxes, 2019

No two states are alike when it comes to taxes. They all have their own rules, rates and special tax breaks. As a result, your overall state and local tax burden in one state can be thousands of dollars ...

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Drive Time
October 2019

Why Winter Tires Trump All-Wheel Drive

Really want to get there safely when it’s slippery out? Get more grip with dedicated winter tires.

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