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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.

Latest Features

Tax Breaks
January 2020

Maryland Governor Proposes Major Tax Cut for Retirees

Gov. Hogan hopes $1 billion in additional tax relief will make it more affordable for retirees to stay in Maryland.

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Tax Tips
January 2020

How Early Can You File Your Tax Return in 2020?

If you're an early bird when it comes to filing your taxes, start gathering your receipts now. The IRS will begin processing 2019 tax returns soon.

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Tax Tips
January 2020

Tax Day 2020: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

Unlike last year, all Americans must file their federal income tax return by the same date in 2020.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2020

What Every Worker Needs to Know About the New W-4 Form

The IRS had plenty of unhappy customers during the 2019 filing season. A lot of people who got tax refunds in previous years were shocked to discover that they had to pay taxes when they filed their 2018 ...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2019

Tax Plans: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Who will face President Trump in the 2020 election? Right now, 12 Democrats are in the race…and that number is dropping fast (Cory Booker just bowed out). It's been a crazy contest so far, and it will ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

How the SECURE Act Will 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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QUIZ
March 2017

Tax Deductions: Can You Tell If These Are Legit?

The tax code is chock full of tax deductions that can save you a boatload of money. But there's also a lot of bad information about tax deductions floating around. For instance, a friend might tell...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees

For new retirees—especially those on a fixed income—it's more important than ever to take full advantage of every tax break available. Afterall, you have to stretch out your retirement savings to cover ...

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Tax Tips
December 2019

Year-End Tax Tip: Withdraw Your Required Minimum Distribution

If you're age 70½ or older, take your RMD now to avoid a big penalty.

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Tax Tips
December 2019

Year-End Tax Tip: Give Cash Gifts to Family and Friends

'Tis the season for giving. So why not take advantage of the annual gift tax exclusion before ringing in the new year.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

Most Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions

You have to claim all the write-offs you're entitled to if you really want to cut your income tax bill to the bone. Unfortunately, though, people often miss great tax-saving opportunities because they ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

How Snowbirds Can Be Taxed as a Florida Resident

Shorter days, leafless trees and frost on the ground are all signs that it's time for snowbirds to head south for the winter. Of course, I'm not talking about real birds—"snowbirds" are people who live ...

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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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Tax Prep & Filing
November 2019

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?

The IRS unveiled the 2020 tax brackets, and it's never too early to start planning to minimize your future tax bill.

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Tax Tips
November 2019

'Jeopardy James' Wins Again...and Ups His 2019 Tax Bill

After winning the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions, James Holzhauer will owe the IRS and California even more on April 15.

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Tax Tips
November 2019

Year-End Tax Tip: Renew Your Expiring Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Beat the rush and avoid refund delays by renewing your ITIN before the end of the year.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees, 2019

If you spent your career in the military, you've probably lived all over the U.S. and around the world. But before you put down roots in retirement, find out how much of your hard-earned pension will be ...

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