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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.
You can use money from a Coverdell education savings account tax-free for education expenses from kindergarten through college.
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If you had an eligible high-deductible health insurance policy last year, you have until this year's tax deadline to add money to an HSA.
If you are well under your allotted mileage limit, you may be rewarded.
You usually can't switch to another Medicare Advantage plan until open enrollment in the fall, but there are exceptions.
A group policy from work probably won’t replace enough of your income to meet your needs.
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If contacting the broker's superiors doesn't produce resolution, you could try escalating your complaint to FINRA or the SEC.
How they have already saved thousands of dollars toward their daughters' education.
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You may have to pay income taxes on distributions from inherited IRAs.
If you have a workplace retirement plan, you can still stash money in an IRA. You can even take a deduction for a traditional IRA contribution if your income is low enough.
When a sudden medical crisis occurs, health insurance claim specialists can assist with resolving bill payment issues.
You have until April 18 to contribute to an IRA for yourself and your spouse, a Roth IRA for your kid, and a health savings account.
A health savings account can be a powerful financial tool to cover medical expenses and save for the future.
If you e-file and have your refund deposited directly into your bank account, the money is likely to show up within three weeks.
You can withdraw money from your retirement savings to pay for a house, but the rules are different for Roth and traditional IRAs.
Retirees who earned too much money in the past may now qualify for this credit.
Write-offs for business expenses will help offset your self-employed income.
When your son or daughter enters high school, or even before, start shifting some of the money from aggressive funds into more-conservative ones.