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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.
Retirees who earned too much money in the past may now qualify for this credit.
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Write-offs for business expenses will help offset your self-employed income.
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To minimize the sting of higher rates, see if you can get credit for taking a remedial driving course.
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A charity doesn't have to pay taxes on the gift. And if you leave your heirs taxable investments instead, they probably won’t owe taxes on them, either.
If your modified adjusted gross income in 2015 was above a certain amount, you'll face a high-income surcharge on your premium.
Many firms that used to give employees until March to spend FSA funds now allow only $500 to be carried over to the New Year.
If you decide you want it later, you'll have to pay a monthly late penalty for life.
If you share your user name or password with a person or service, you may have a tougher time getting the brokerage firm to pay a claim.
You can stash as much as you earned for the year in a Roth, up to $5,500 plus an extra $1,000 if you’re 50 or older.
If your child turns 21 and is still a full-time student, the account can still get hit with taxes.
Beware: Your credit score could take a hit.
A health savings account can be a powerful financial tool to cover medical expenses and save for the future.
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The maximum amount of earnings on which you pay Social Security taxes is rising to $127,200, up from $118,500 in 2016.