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October 22, 2016

How Much Social Security Benefits Will Go Up in 2017

After no cost-of-living increase in 2016, benefits will rise 0.03% in 2017. For the average recipient, that's about enough to buy an extra latte each month.

See More On: Social Security | Making Your Money Last

October 19, 2016

Tax-Free Interest on Savings Bonds for College Tuition

If you meet the age and income requirements, interest on your I and EE savings bonds is tax-free if you cash in the bonds to pay tuition and fees.

See More On: Paying for College

October 14, 2016

7 Things to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment This Year

Even if you've been happy with your Part D prescription-drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, compare your options for 2017.

See More On: Medicare

October 11, 2016

Tax Breaks for Child Care: Flexible Spending Accounts vs. Tax Credits

The higher your income, the better the FSA looks.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

October 7, 2016

How to Calculate Your Life Expectancy When Taking RMDs

If you're married, the IRS life-expectancy table you use depends on the age of your spouse.

See More On: Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

October 5, 2016

4 Smart Ways to Give to Charity

These strategies will help you stretch your tax savings.

See More On: Saving Money

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2016

Trends in Employer Health Benefits

Large employers are making changes to mitigate rising health care costs.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance | Employee Benefits

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2016

September 30, 2016

Don't Miss the Deadline to Undo a Roth Conversion

Sometimes it makes sense to cancel a conversion and get the chance for a do-over.

See More On: Roth IRAs

September 27, 2016

How the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap Will Affect You in 2017

The cost of prescription drugs will begin to drop for beneficiaries.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

September 24, 2016

Paying Taxes on a Home Sold After a Spouse's Death

Surviving spouses may be able to exclude a portion of home-sale profits if they meet certain criteria.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home

September 20, 2016

What Do I Do With Unused 529 Plan Money?

Money that's left in these college-saving funds are subject to income taxes and an early-withdrawal penalty, except in some circumstances.

See More On: 529 Plans | Financial Planning

September 16, 2016

How to Verify That New-to-You Auto Insurance Company Is Legit

Start by looking up the insurer’s complaint volume and how quickly those complaints were resolved.

See More On: Auto Insurance

September 14, 2016

Making Catch-Up Contributions to a Health Savings Account

The rules are different for HSAs and retirement accounts.

See More On: Saving for Retirement

September 9, 2016

How to Open an ABLE Account for a Special-Needs Child

If you live in a state that doesn't have one of these new tax-advantaged plans yet, you can open one in another state.

See More On: Family Finances

September 6, 2016

Dependent-Care Flexible Spending Accounts Aren't Just for Kids' Expenses

You can use the money tax-free to cover care for dependents of all ages while you work.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, October 2016

How Redfin Can Save You Money on the Sale of Your Home

Sellers who use Redfin cut the commission to the selling agent by half—or more.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home | Mortgages & Refinancing

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