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Rocky Mengle

Tax Editor

Rocky has more than 20 years of experience covering tax developments. He came to Kiplinger from Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and, before that, he worked for Kleinrock Publishing. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA in History from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

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October 2019

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Most people shouldn't be afraid of federal "death taxes." For 2019, only estates worth $11.4 million or more ($22.8 million or more for a married couple) are slashed by federal estate taxes, and only a ...

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October 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2019

This year's tax filing season was more nerve racking than most. It was the first time we had to deal with all the federal tax code changes made by the 2017 tax reform law. U.S. tax rates were lowered, ...

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October 2019

10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2019

The economy is looking better for workers these days. Unemployment rates are low, job growth is strong and wages are increasing. Still, to get a better job, you sometimes have to pack your bags and move ...

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Tax Tips
September 2019

Health Savings Account Limits for 2020

Annually adjusted contribution limits and other requirements must be met if you're covering health care costs with an HSA in 2020.

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Tax Prep & Filing
April 2019

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2019 vs. 2018?

If you're already looking ahead to April 15, 2020, here are the income tax brackets for the 2019 tax year. And thanks to "chained" indexing, some taxpayers might end up in a higher bracket.

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Tax Tips
September 2019

Tax Relief for Hurricane Dorian Victims

Deductions for lost or damaged property, filing and payment extensions, and fee waivers can help taxpayers impacted by the storm.

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Tax Tips
September 2019

Deduct Expenses for Long-Term Care on Your Tax Return

The IRS allows some limited tax breaks on medical expenses and insurance premiums related to long-term care.

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September 2019

Arizona Cities and Towns Ranked for Taxes

Arizona is a hot destination for retirees and other people looking to relocate—and I'm not talking about the weather. From July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, more than 83,000 people moved to Arizona from ...

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June 2019

Tax Plans: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Who will face President Trump in the 2020 election? Right now, 19 Democrats are in the race, but we've already seen a few candidates drop out. As the battle continues, more candidates will give up or fade ...

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August 2019

Tips on How and When to File an Amended Tax Return

It's well past April 15. So, unless you applied for an extension, the stress and frustration of filing your federal tax return should be a distant memory by now. But what if you suddenly realize there's ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
August 2019

IRS Automatically Waives Withholding and Estimated Tax Penalty for Thousands of Taxpayers

This new round of penalty relief applies to anyone who was eligible for, but didn't claim, previously offered assistance.

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August 2019

Florida Cities and Towns Ranked for Local Taxes

A lot of people, especially retirees, are moving to Florida for the sun, sand, affordable housing…and the lack of an income tax. But don't think for a second that no state income tax means no taxes at ...

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July 2019

Things to Know to Get Into a Service Academy

Each year, Kiplinger ranks the U.S. colleges and universities that provide the best value. Even though the military service academies—West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
July 2019

Want to Know How Complicated Our Tax System Is? Check Out the IRS's "Taxpayer Roadmap"

The roadmap, which looks like a subway map, makes navigating the tax system as clear as mud.

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July 2019

How the SECURE Act Could Impact Retirement Savings

With the decline of traditional pensions, most of us are now responsible for squirrelling away money for our own retirement. In today's do-it-yourself retirement savings world, we rely largely on 401(k) ...

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July 2019

How the IRS Will Be More Taxpayer-Friendly

Let's face it…the IRS isn't the most popular government agency out there. It's not just that they take your money. They also have a (undeserved?) reputation for tough stances on deductions and credits, ...

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Tax Tips
June 2019

Taxes on Fireworks: Is Your State a Dud?

A handful of states impose special excise taxes on the sale of consumer fireworks.

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