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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
Sign up for Medicare Part B no later than eight months after you leave your job or you could be hit with lifetime penalties.
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The amount of money that you recharacterize needs to be added back to your traditional IRA balance for year-end 2016 to calculate your 2017 required minimum distribution.
Income from your child's summer job can help fund a long-term financial plan.
Your student's room and board could be covered tax-free for an entire 12-month lease, even if he or she only takes classes for nine months of the year.
Most policies pay when you need help with two of six activities of daily living or you are cognitively impaired. And most have a waiting period of 60 or 90 days.
If you have the policy and death certificate when you file a claim, it may take as few as five business days to receive a check.
Gather evidence of your earnings and make a call to the Social Security Administration.
Know the rules for custodial assistance for your loved one.
Your IRA contributions don't affect your Simplified Employee Pension or solo 401(k) limits.
Hurricanes, tornadoes and strong summer storms can wreak havoc on your property and your budget. Take these steps to prevent a natural disaster from turning into a disaster for you.
Members of the military have a lot of special financial challenges that most people don’t encounter. However, they have access to many special benefits, tax breaks and legal protections that can make ...
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On the list of eligible items: sunscreen, lip balm and prescription sunglasses.
Take these seven steps before you leave on a trip to protect your identity and prevent hassles with your debit and credit cards.
This is a good time of year to trim trees that might cause problems, before the start of hurricane season on June 1.
A parent or other adult needs to manage a custodial account, but most brokerage firms offer the same investing choices, commissions and fees for custodial accounts as for regular accounts.
Besides benefiting the charity, you may save a bundle on income taxes, as well as stay below the income cutoff for some other taxes and charges.
There are two different ways to calculate the write-off. But to qualify, you must use your home office "exclusively and regularly" for your business.