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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

Tax Tips
April 2017

Tax Tips for Procrastinators

As you rush to meet the filing deadline, don't overlook money-saving tax breaks — particularly if there's no need to hurry.

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Practical Economics
April 2017

How a Border Tax Would Affect You

A plan to limit imports could raise prices but also create more jobs.

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Tax Tips
March 2017

Another Marriage Penalty for Taxpayers

A new reason to stick to cohabitation -- if you and your devoted have a giant mortgage.

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Tax Tips
March 2017

Last-Minute Tax Tips to Lower Your 2016 Tax Bill

You still have time to cut your taxes — and make smart moves to lower next year's as well.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Guide to 7 Top Tax Software Programs, 2017

The tax software business is getting as crowded as the cereal aisle at your local grocery store, and that’s good news for do-it-yourself taxpayers. New entrants are offering deals, forcing veteran players ...

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Healthy Living on a Budget
February 2017

Tools and Tactics to Help You Sleep Better

Some workarounds for the growing number of people susceptible to sleep disorders.

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Family Finances
February 2017

Expats Find a Home for Their Money at State Department's Credit Union

The State Department’s credit union opens its doors to Americans overseas.

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Roth IRAs
February 2017

Make a Tax-Free Move From a 401(k) to a Roth IRA

Here's what you need to know about how to properly make the switch.

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Saving for Retirement
February 2017

Why the Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Savers Is Here to Stay

No matter what Trump does, big financial firms have already made the transition.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Tax Breaks the Middle Class Can Claim

If you believe that tax breaks are for millionaires and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS. In recent years, lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

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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QUIZ
February 2017

Test Your Tax IQ: Surprising Things Taxed by the IRS

You know that income from your job is taxable, and you’re probably aware that the Powerball winnings you dream of are taxable, too. But you may be surprised by the list of other things the IRS ex...

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

7 Ways to File Your Taxes for Free

Most do-it-yourself filers prepare their own taxes for one and only one reason: They want to save money. But tax software isn’t cheap, and hidden costs can sometimes blindside you. You might be forced ...

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Tax Planning
February 2017

5 States Where Taxes Are Rising

Taxes are going up in 2017 on residents of these states.

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Healthy Living on a Budget
February 2017

Smart Strategies to Get More Sleep

Do more than just count sheep to pay down your sleep debt.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 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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