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Sandra Block

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Latest Features

Saving for Retirement
April 2019

The Future of Retirement

Kiplinger's Retirement Report editor Rachel Sheedy joins podcast hosts Sandra Block and Ryan Ermey to discuss the changing landscape of retirement saving. The pair also share smart ways to spend your tax refund and explain all the fuss about the yield curve.

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

How to Appeal Property Tax

Home values have risen across the country, which means many homeowners' property taxes are going up, too. The average annual property tax for owner-occupied single family homes nationwide in 2017 was $3,399, ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
April 2019

Tax Day 2019: Money-Saving Tips for Everybody (Even If You've Already Filed)

Our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block walk you through all the last-minute advice you need to file your taxes -- from common errors to avoid to filing an extension to free filing software. The pair also discuss Tax Day consumer deals and freebies you don't want to miss.

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

Fortunately for drivers, the federal government’s gas tax hasn’t budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. However, every state and the District of Columbia add their own taxes, too, ranging from ...

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Technology
April 2019

What Happens If Big Tech Breaks Up?

Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block are joined by Kiplinger Letter tech expert John Miley to discuss the ramifications of breaking up major tech companies such as Facebook and Google. The pair also delve into strategies for those who can't pay their tax bills on time.

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Tax Tips
April 2019

Tax Tips for Last-Minute Filing

As you rush to meet the tax filing deadline, here are some pointers to bring your stress level down.

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Careers
April 2019

How to Make a Million (or More!)

Four success stories — and guidance on how you, too, could reach this milestone.

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Family Finances
April 2019

How to Raise Money-Smart Kids

Our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block are joined by Raising Money-Smart Kids author and Kiplinger editor-at-large Janet Bodnar to discuss how parents can help provide their children with a sound financial foundation. The pair also review common scam tactics in honor of April Fool's Day.

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Family Finances
March 2019

Get Your Home and Finances in Order This Spring

Professional organizer Heather Cocozza joins hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to discuss how decluttering can save you time and money. Also, Sandy explains why you should set up an online Social Security account. The pair then wraps ups with some wacky PR pitches.

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Financial Planning
March 2019

How to Achieve Financial Independence

Hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey discuss the financial independence movement with ChooseFI founder Brad Barrett. In addition, Sandy breaks down tax breaks for the middle class, and the pair debates whether it’s worth it to purchase travel insurance.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2019

7 Free Programs for Filing Your Taxes

There are more ways than ever to prepare and e-file your tax return at no charge. Most of the major tax-software providers offer free versions of their products for taxpayers with straightforward returns ...

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Paying for College
March 2019

Understanding the Cost of College

Kiplinger's staff writer and higher education guru Kaitlin Pitsker explains how parents and students can choose the best school that fits their financial needs. Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block also discuss how to reclaim forgotten money, as well as the ins and outs of credit freezes.

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Buying & Selling a Home
March 2019

Tips to Buy or Sell Your Home in 2019

Kiplinger's real estate expert Pat Mertz Esswein helps home buyers and sellers navigate the current housing market. Also, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey share which financial habits they're giving up during Lent, as well as play a game of Financial Fact or Fiction.

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Wealth Management
March 2019

Smart Ways to Handle an Inheritance

A bequest could change your life, but don’t quit your day job.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2019

States Without State Sales Tax

Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia impose a sales tax to raise revenue. In addition, local sales tax is collected in 38 states. The combined levy can be hefty. In Tennessee, for example, the ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2019

How 11 Types of Retirement Income Get Taxed

When you’re planning for retirement, it’s fun to contemplate all the cruises, rounds of golf and restaurant meals you have ahead of you. You've earned it! However, many retirees don’t take into consideration ...

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ETFs
February 2019

What You Should Know About ETFs

Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block are joined by senior investing editor Kyle Woodley, who explains exchange-traded funds for investing newbies and pros alike. The pair also discusses the differences in popular tax software and delves into a travel-themed edition of Deal or No Deal.

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