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Semiretired or part-time workers saving money in an IRA or other retirement plan may qualify for an often-ignored tax credit that will lower their tax bill.
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Federal rules allow you to roll over money from an IRA to an HSA once in your life. But you may forfeit a tax break by doing so.
See More On: IRAs | Health Care & Insurance | Roth IRAs
Identity thieves are getting more sophisticated at tricking taxpayers into revealing their personal information. Here are some scams you may encounter this tax season and ways to tell fact from fraud.
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The new federal tax law allows families to use 529 college plans to pay tuition for kindergarten through high school. But doing so before state laws are revised to reflect the new rules could trigger a tax and a penalty.
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Contributing to a young worker's Roth IRA can help a student start saving for retirement, although the timing of this gift could affect financial aid for college.
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Under the new tax law, families with a 529 college-savings plan can now roll that money into a tax-friendly ABLE account to help a child with a disability.
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We tell you how much you can contribute to an HSA in the year you sign up for Medicare, plus other ways to coordinate HSAs and Medicare.
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It can take a while to sort out who's at fault, but if you file a claim with your insurer, it will ensure you get the money to make repairs.
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When it comes to taking the first required minimum distribution from your IRA or making tax-free withdrawals for charitable donations, the rules can be tricky.
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The reduction in tax rates under the new tax law could make contributing to a Roth IRA more attractive even for those nearing retirement.
In an audit, the IRS may deny your charitable write-offs if you don't have a record of your contributions.
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Basic rules for charitable deductions stay the same under the new tax law, but a near doubling of the standard deduction may change people's giving.
In a few states, you may need to thaw frozen credit reports before buying or renewing insurance policies.
See More On: Auto Insurance | Buying & Leasing a Car
Even if your son is on your family's insurance policy, he may be eligible to contribute to a HSA.
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Make 2018 the year you take the steps to save money on insurance, reduce your taxes, boost your retirement savings and protect yourself from identity thieves.
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How to lower medical costs, support hurricane victims and protect homes from disaster are among the issues readers asked me about most during the past year.
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When families are gathered for the holidays is a good time for adult children to broach the subject of their parents' housing and health care plans for the years ahead.
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