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Susan B. Garland

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Retirement Report

Susan Garland is the former editor of Kiplinger's Retirement Report, a personal finance publication whose subscribers are retirees and those approaching retirement. Before joining Kiplinger in 2006, Garland was a freelance writer whose work appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Modern Maturity (now AARP The Magazine), Fortune Small Business and other publications. For 12 years, Garland was a Washington-based correspondent for BusinessWeek, covering the White House, national politics, social policy and legal affairs. Garland is a graduate of Colgate University.

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Best Cities, States & Places
November 2016

Communities Seek to Be Age Friendly

More retirees are looking for places to call home that can accommodate their wants and needs, but aren't assisted living facilities.

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Family Finances
October 2016

Raise Money for Personal Bills on Crowdfunding Sites

Before you move forward with setting up an online crowdfunding campaign, here's what you need to know.

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Caregiving
March 2016

A New Model for Nursing Home Care

'Green Houses' offer homier atmospheres and more individual attention from caregivers.

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Tax Prep & Filing
March 2016

Valuable Tax Breaks for Retirees

Make sure you take all the write-offs you deserve.

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Tax Planning
February 2016

States Targeting Snowbirds Fleeing to Tax-Friendlier Climates

Wealthy taxpayers who split time between states should be prepared to prove where their true home lies.

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Tax Planning
December 2015

Charitable Giving With an Impact

Wanting to do more than just handing over cash, many donors are taking an active role in ensuring their charitable gift will yield results.

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Estate Planning
December 2015

Create a Plan for an Adult Child With Disabilities

Setting up a special needs trust could help preserve your child's eligibility for benefits.

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Tax Breaks
December 2015

Get Tax Breaks for Charitable Giving

You can do good and trim your tax bill at the same time.

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Annuities
November 2015

New Annuity Product Provides an Income Stream for a Long Life

Federal rules now allow taxpayers to invest a portion of their retirement accounts into a longevity annuity.

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Making Your Money Last
November 2015

Year-End Moves Can Cut Retirees' 2015 Tax Bills

From tax-loss harvesting to donating appreciated stock, scour your financial picture to figure out the best ways to trim your taxes.

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Estate Planning
October 2015

Old Trusts Create Tax Issues for Heirs

The big changes in estate tax law in recent years can significantly affect estate plans that were put into place under old rules.

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Making Your Money Last
October 2015

Match Bond Income With Yearly Costs

Using a liability-driven investing strategy can help retirees account for projected spikes in spending.

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Medicare
October 2015

What You Need to Know About Enrolling in Medicare

If you are about to turn 65, get up to speed quickly on the rules. Missing an enrollment deadline can be costly.

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IRAs
July 2015

Retirees, Consider This Valuable New Strategy for Passing IRAs to Your Heirs

Depending on the tax rates of you and your children, a traditional IRA may net a larger inheritance.

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Financial Planning
June 2015

Childless Seniors Need to Build a Safety Net

It is critical to plan ahead. Among your tasks is to create a support system, build a team of professional advisers and find aging-friendly housing.

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Medicare
June 2015

A Costly Medicare Surprise Awaits Retirees

Days spent in the hospital as an outpatient, rather than being officially admitted, can leave Medicare patients with bigger bills.

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Making Your Money Last
May 2015

Retirees, Should You Buy or Rent When Downsizing?

Run the numbers to compare both options, although nonfinancial factors play into the decision, too.

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