Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Start saving for your future early and give yourself more time to become rich.
A new generation of annuities are simpler and cheaper.
Consider these moves to maximize your benefits.
Some retirees will work by choice, while many will work out of necessity.
New strategies to design the lifestyle you want and make sure you have the money to pay for it.
The first increase for inflation since 2009 offsets a Medicare premium hike.
Buy new office equipment before year-end to qualify for extra tax breaks.
Make people happy while you're still around to hear "thank you"...
Whether donating cash, clothes or a car, don’t forget to get a receipt.
Cut next year’s taxes by signing up for a flexible spending account today.
Go green and earn some green before year-end.
When the time comes to tap your tax-deferred retirement accounts, Uncle Sam will be waiting for his share.
Millions of taxpayers will be snared by the alternative minimum tax in 2011. Find out if you’re one of them -- and what to do about it.
Corporate pensions went from holding $250 billion in excess funds to being underfunded.
The first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009 could be offset by higher Medicare premiums.
It’s time to size up your plan. You may be in better shape than you think.
New rules will mean smaller pension payouts next year. Get it right the first time. There are no do-overs.
Slaughtering sacred cows is essential to stabilize this cornerstone of retirement.
Nina Olson isn’t a household name, but she referees disputes between taxpayers and the IRS and argues for tax reform.
Where the middle-income crowd can get help they can afford.
If you plan on relocating for retirement, you might want to avoid these states where taxes can eat into your nest egg.
Thinking of relocating in retirement? Check out these tax heavens.
A growing number of us are neither-nors -- neither ready to retire nor able to afford it.
Choosing the right time to collect benefits can boost your income by thousands of dollars a year.
Thousands haul in heirlooms and collectibles to learn the value of their treasures.
File your return on time anyway to minimize the penalties.
Workers must now use online tools to review annual tax and earnings records.
But the IRS Taxpayer Advocate says new tax-lien leniency doesn't go far enough.
We help you uncover all the breaks you might not find on your own.
You may qualify for a tax credit or deduction to ease the pain of paying for college—or paying back your student loan.
Taxpayers in the two lowest brackets will pay no tax on their 2010 capital gains.
Even modest retirement income can thwart your attempt to claim a parent as a dependent.
Knowing which accounts to raid first can stretch your savings.
Claim an energy tax credit for the home improvements you made last year.
Each qualifying child could slash your tax bill by up to $1,000.
Claiming an adult child as a dependent -- or deducting his or her health expenses -- can cut your tax bill.
Some married couples could boost their tax break by filing separate returns.
Attention all itemizers: The IRS is ready to receive your 2010 tax return.
Printed tax forms are no longer mailed to taxpayers.
Missing information can slow your tax-return preparation -- and your refund.
Use the simplest form to meet your needs and avoid errors.
Totting up your noncash donations can significantly boost your tax break.
If you don’t claim the Making Work Pay Credit on your tax return, you lose it.
Wealthier taxpayers win big on 2010 tax returns with unlimited itemized deductions.
Fewer years in retirement mean you won't need to save as much.
But you might have to wait longer to collect skimpier benefits.
It's time to rethink your image of retirement. Whether you're years or decades away, you can make the new reality work for you.