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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
January 2017

States Where Taxes Are Going Up in 2017

Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cut federal taxes, state taxes are rising across the U.S. as financially strapped states search for funds to repair deteriorating infrastructure and ...

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Healthy Living on a Budget
January 2017

De-Stress Your Life

Deep breathing, meditation and getting back to nature are among the best ways to relax and improve your health.

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Healthy Living on a Budget
January 2017

Master the Art of Meditation

A number of tools, classes and retreats can help you learn to meditate.

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Tax Planning
December 2016

How 6 Types of Retirement Income Are Taxed

Consider the tax tab your income sources will generate in retirement.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2016

Smart Year-End Tax Planning Tips for 2016

Moves you make between now and the end of the year can have a significant effect on how much tax you have to pay next April, particularly when it comes to investments you might hold outside a retirement ...

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Tax Planning
December 2016

State Taxes Spiral Upward

Hiking sales levies is a top way states aim to close budget gaps.

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Saving for Retirement
December 2016

How to Save for Retirement If You Don't Have a 401(k)

You may have options that are nearly as attractive—but you'll play by a different set of rules.

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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
December 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
January 2017

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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