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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

December 2019

Surprising Things That Are Actually Taxable

If you work for a living, you know that your wages are taxable, and you're probably aware that some investment income is taxed, too. But the IRS doesn't stop there. If you've picked up some extra cash ...

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Saving Money
March 2020

Money Moves to Make Right Now in the Wake of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Physician and certified financial planner Carolyn McClanahan joins our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to discuss smart financial strategies in these uncertain times. Also, the pair delves into smart ways to spend your stimulus check.

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March 2020

Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check

The $2 trillion stimulus package agreed upon by lawmakers and the White House will, among other things, provide a direct payment of $1,200 to millions of American adults, plus $500 for most children. The ...

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Health Care & Insurance
March 2020

Does Your Health Insurance Cover the Coronavirus Test?

Our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey discuss what your health insurance may or may not cover during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the pair breaks down market basics to keep in mind amid market volatility and strategies for raising quick cash.

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Student Loans
March 2020

Coronavirus Fears Suppress Student Loan Interest Rates

The plunge in interest rates could reduce borrowing costs for students who take out federal loans for the 2020-2021 academic year—and their parents could get a break, too.

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Tax Tips
March 2020

Income Tax Returns and Payments Extended

The IRS has pushed back the April 15 tax return filing and tax payment deadline to help Americans struggling with the coronavirus crisis.

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Credit Reports & Scores
March 2020

What to Know About the New FICO Score

Credit expert Gerri Detweiler joins our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to talk about how the new FICO scoring system could affect your credit score. Also, the pair explains the history of bear markets and why you need to tax-diversify your retirement accounts.

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October 2019

States Without Income Tax

Everyone hates paying taxes. So why don't we all live in one of the nine states without an income tax? Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming don't ...

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February 2019

13 States Where Social Security Benefits Are Taxable

Are Social Security benefits taxable? You better believe it. Uncle Sam taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income, and several states tack on additional taxes of their own. Utah, for one, ...

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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 2018 was $3,498, ...

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Stocks & Bonds
March 2020

How to Invest Amid Coronavirus Panic senior investing editor Kyle Woodley joins hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to discuss risk-mitigating market strategies in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Also, the pair highlight virus-related scams to be aware of.

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February 2019

States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits

Some retirees are surprised to learn that Social Security is taxable. The federal government taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income. Most states, however, exempt Social Security from ...

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Tax Breaks
March 2020

States Lower Taxes to Court Retirees

The tax breaks range from property tax exemptions to tax-free retirement plan withdrawals.

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Buying & Selling a Home
March 2020

Where the Housing Market Is Headed economist Jeff Tucker joins hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey for a discussion on the housing market outlook for 2020. The pair also offers tips for saving at the pump, as well as investing strategies amid coronavirus market panic.

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Tax Prep & Filing
February 2020

Best Values in Tax Software tax editor Rocky Mengle breaks down our newly released tax software rankings. Also, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey discuss the ins and outs of trip insurance in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

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February 2020

The Best ETFs You've Never Heard Of investing guru Kyle Woodley returns to chat with hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey about the market's best lesser-known exchange-traded funds. Also, the cohosts review the leftover ramifications of the SECURE Act.

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Small Business
February 2020

How the SECURE Act Will Impact Your Retirement Plan's Ed Slott joins our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to explain how the SECURE Act could be impacting your retirement plans. Also, the cohosts offer up last-minute Valentine's Day deals for the procrastinators.

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