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Sandra Block

Senior Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

9 Items You Might Be Surprised Are Taxable

If you work for a living, you know that your wages are taxable, and you’re probably aware that some investment income is taxed, too. But the IRS doesn't stop there. If you’ve picked up some extra ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

7 Smart Ways to Lower Your Taxable Income

Reducing your taxable income is one of the most effective ways to lower your taxes, with some moves doing double duty as both deductions themselves and as a means to slide under income thresholds at which ...

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Tax Planning
November 2016

Smart Year-End Tax Moves to Limit Your 2016 Tax Bill

Take these steps by New Year’s Eve to keep more money in your pocket and put less in Uncle Sam’s next year.

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Employee Benefits
November 2016

Employers Expand Paid Family Leave

It's not just for new moms and dads anymore.

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Kip Tips
November 2016

Top Off Tax-Advantaged Accounts by Year's End

Stash more cash in retirement and college savings plans.

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Buying & Selling a Home
November 2016

Using Your IRA to Buy Real Estate

There are other ways to invest in real estate in your IRA that won’t jeopardize your account’s tax-advantaged status.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2016

States With the Scariest Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy. In 2016, as much as $5.45 million in assets is exempt from federal estate taxes—double that for a married couple; in 2017, ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees 2016

Retirees have special concerns when evaluating state tax policies. For instance, the mortgage might be paid off, but how bad are the property taxes—and how generous are the property-tax breaks for seniors? ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2016

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees 2016

Retirees have special concerns when evaluating state tax policies. For instance, the mortgage might be paid off, but how bad are the property taxes – and how generous are the property tax breaks for ...

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Healthy Living on a Budget
October 2016

How to Stay Fit After 40

The older you get, the more important it is to stay in shape. The key is finding exercise regimens that help and don’t hurt.

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Health Care & Insurance
September 2016

Where Trump and Clinton Stand on Tax Breaks for Dependent Care

Trump unveils a new tax deduction for families with up to 4 children or providing elderly care. Clinton wants a 10% household income cap on child care expenses.

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Travel
September 2016

For a Healthy Vacation, Take a Walk

Walking tours offer an up-close and personal view of your destination, with a bonus: You can indulge in gourmet meals without worrying about your waistline.

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IRAs
September 2010

How to Avoid the Penalty for Early Withdrawals From Your IRA

Tapping your money early has lots of traps, but they can be avoided.

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2016

The Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.

The Internet has given rise to a mobile workforce of telecommuters, independent contractors and entrepreneurs who can work where they want to live, instead of living where they have to work. But if you ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2016

The Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.

Lots of people fret about how much they have to pay Uncle Sam, but he’s not the only tax man you have to worry about: Your state can squeeze you for plenty of taxes, too. State income taxes or property ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2016

Tax-Smart Ways to Lower Your RMDs in Retirement

Most of us invest in a 401(k) or similar savings plan because we want to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But there are short-term benefits, too. Contributions are excluded from taxable income—a lucrative ...

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Travel
June 2016

Bid on an Upgrade to First-Class Air Travel

Airlines are holding auctions that let you strike a deal to fly up front.

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