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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

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
August 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
August 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
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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Tax Tips
June 2016

How to Handle Taxes on Company Stock

Shares from your employer can equal a big payout, but it pays to know the rules.

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Politics
June 2016

4 Ambitious Ideas for Tax Reform

These proposals will outlast election-year rhetoric.

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Family Finances
July 2016

Disinheriting a Child and Other Good Reasons to Get a Living Trust

Assets placed in a living trust go directly to your heirs when you die, bypassing probate.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2016

Naples, Fla.: A Great Small City for Retiring in Good Health

Retirees are drawn here thanks to the city's low taxes, growing cultural scene, beaches and diverse real estate market.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2016

Billings, Mont.: A Great Small City for Retiring in Good Health

This town offers retirees city living that's not too far from the great outdoors.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2016

Columbus, Ohio: A Great Large City for Retiring in Good Health

Would-be residents will find a walkable city with a variety of affordable housing options.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2016

Augusta, Ga.: A Great Small City for Retiring in Good Health

This city known for the Masters golf tournament appeals to many -- from sports enthusiasts to nature lovers.

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Saving for Retirement
May 2016

What Women Need to Know About Money

Use our six strategies to weave a financial safety net that lasts a lifetime.

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Rethinking Retirement
May 2016

3 Ways Husbands Can Help Their Wives Build a More Secure Retirement

How to help your spouse save more and maximize Social Security benefits.

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