Ask Kim

Kim Lankford answers your questions about managing money -- specifically, insurance and taxes -- twice a week.

October 25, 2016

Contributing to Retirement Accounts When You Haven't Fully Retired

Some part-timers can keep socking money in a 401(k) and avoid required minimum distributions. It depends on your plan's rules.

See More On: Saving for Retirement

October 24, 2016

How Much Social Security Benefits Will Go Up in 2017

After no cost-of-living increase in 2016, benefits will rise 0.3% 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

Show More Stories