How to Beat the Crooks to Your Tax Refund

The sooner you file your 2016 return, the less likely the bad guys will get to your money before you do.

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Around the Kiplinger offices, I’m often referred to (facetiously in most cases, I think) as the “bad Kevin,” to distinguish me from another Kevin on staff who is held in much higher regard. But, if you want to meet a “Bad Kevin” with a capital B, consider Kevin Brown. He just might be every honest taxpayer’s worst nightmare.

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Kevin McCormally
Chief Content Officer, Kiplinger Washington Editors
McCormally retired in 2018 after more than 40 years at Kiplinger. He joined Kiplinger in 1977 as a reporter specializing in taxes, retirement, credit and other personal finance issues. He is the author and editor of many books, helped develop and improve popular tax-preparation software programs, and has written and appeared in several educational videos. In 2005, he was named Editorial Director of The Kiplinger Washington Editors, responsible for overseeing all of our publications and Web site. At the time, Editor in Chief Knight Kiplinger called McCormally "the watchdog of editorial quality, integrity and fairness in all that we do." In 2015, Kevin was named Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President.