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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.
Surviving spouses may be able to exclude a portion of home-sale profits if they meet certain criteria.
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Money that's left in these college-saving funds are subject to income taxes and an early-withdrawal penalty, except in some circumstances.
Start by looking up the insurer’s complaint volume and how quickly those complaints were resolved.
The rules are different for HSAs and retirement accounts.
If you live in a state that doesn't have one of these new tax-advantaged plans yet, you can open one in another state.
If you need additional help covering medical expenses, here's what you need to know.
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You can use the money tax-free to cover care for dependents of all ages while you work.
Sellers who use Redfin cut the commission to the selling agent by half—or more.
You might be able to request a transcript from the IRS.
Generally, you can roll over an IRA to an HSA if you haven't signed up for Medicare yet. But it gets complicated if you're within a year of Medicare eligibility.
It doesn’t matter when your birthday is. You can start catch-up contributions anytime during the year you turn 50.
Retirees can give up to $100,000 to charity tax-free from an IRA and have it count as their required minimum distribution for the year. Here’s what you need to know.
Consider trading annuity contracts to save thousands each year.
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Some workers may be too old to contribute to a traditional IRA.
Take the sting out of the cost of your insurance premiums.
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Money withdrawn from an IRA in the student’s name is hit hard by the federal financial aid formulas.