David Muhlbaum

David Muhlbaum

Senior Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

David Muhlbaum has worked for Dow Jones Newswires and America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting, taxes, and automotive issues. He is a co-host of Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast. 

Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)
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Tax Breaks

Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)

If, like most people, you claim the standard deduction instead of itemized deductions on your return, there are still many other tax deductions availa…
March 5, 2021
Having the Money Talk with Your Parents, with Cameron Huddleston
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Financial Planning for Alzheimer's

Having the Money Talk with Your Parents, with Cameron Huddleston

Managing your parents' finances can be a difficult situation. Doing so if you haven't laid down a plan for how to do it is worse.
March 2, 2021
Love and Money with Financial Planner Mari Adam
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Getting Married

Love and Money with Financial Planner Mari Adam

Financial planner Mari Adam helps couples work together to have a good relationship with each other – and their finances. Also, some twists for 2020 t…
February 25, 2021
33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes
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retirement

33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

Even with the federal exemption from death taxes raised, retirees should pay more attention to estate taxes and inheritance taxes levied by states.
February 24, 2021
Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
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Tax Breaks

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

We rated every state, plus Washington, D.C. on how retirees are taxed. We considered taxes on Social Security and other retirement income, tax exempti…
February 23, 2021
Why Pay Money to File Your Taxes?
Tax Breaks

Why Pay Money to File Your Taxes?

Far more people could be filing their federal returns for free; maybe even their state taxes. Also, the latest from Brandon Copeland and the not-so-se…
February 17, 2021
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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taxes

10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes

COVID-19 has made us appreciate driving our cars more, but filling up the tank will cost you more in these state.
February 9, 2021
Unpacking the GameStop Blowup with Kyle Woodley
Markets

Unpacking the GameStop Blowup with Kyle Woodley

Senior investing editor Kyle Woodley breaks down the latest short squeeze and its broader implications. Also, General Motors says it’s going all-elect…
February 9, 2021
Handling Taxes and Insurance When Working from “Home”
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Tax Breaks

Handling Taxes and Insurance When Working from “Home”

Working remotely in a new state, maybe even a new country? That can lead to complications, particularly when it comes to taxes. Also: why the IRS is s…
February 2, 2021
Taxes on Retirees — What’s New?
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Budgeting

Taxes on Retirees — What’s New?

In this episode of Your Money's Worth, senior tax editor Rocky Mengle talks about the latest update of the Kiplinger Retiree Tax Map. Will states with…
January 26, 2021
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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state tax

The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families

Failing to consider state and local taxes before moving your family to another state could cost you thousands of dollars each year.
January 25, 2021
The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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state tax

The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families

If a move from one state to another is in your future, you could save big bucks by relocating to one of these states where the tax bite is light for m…
January 25, 2021
10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
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retirement

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

When it comes to state and local taxes, retirees in these states are likely to pay more than retirees in other states.
January 24, 2021
10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
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retirement

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

If you want your retirement savings to last longer, consider moving to one of these states that impose the lowest taxes on retirees.
January 24, 2021
Jim Patterson on The Kiplinger Letter’s 2021 Forecasts
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Economic Forecasts

Jim Patterson on The Kiplinger Letter’s 2021 Forecasts

What to expect from the U.S. economy, the new Congress and next administration, as well as the outlook for bitcoin, self-driving trucks and more.
January 19, 2021
Is a Fix Coming Soon for Social Security?
Smart Buying

Is a Fix Coming Soon for Social Security?

Social Security has funding problems the COVID-19 pandemic has made worse. What are the prospects for the next Congress and administration doing somet…
January 12, 2021
James K. Glassman’s Stock Picks for 2021
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Kiplinger's Investing Outlook

James K. Glassman’s Stock Picks for 2021

Kiplinger columnist James K. Glassman has been picking 10 stocks a year for decades now. We talk about what’s on his 2021 list, and how previous picks…
January 7, 2021
Save Money With an Electric Car
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Buying & Leasing a Car

Save Money With an Electric Car

Although some are still a pricey luxury, we found EVs that are fun, affordable and eligible for tax incentives.
December 26, 2020
Doug Glanville on Race, Sports — and Personal Finance
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personal finance

Doug Glanville on Race, Sports — and Personal Finance

Kiplinger contributor (and former Major League Baseball player) Doug Glanville shares insights from years playing the game — and investing. Also, what…
December 22, 2020
11 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
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Tax Breaks

11 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

Tax breaks aren't just for the rich. There are plenty of them that are only available to middle- and low-income Americans.
December 17, 2020
State Taxes on the Middle Class, with Rocky Mengle
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Tax Breaks

State Taxes on the Middle Class, with Rocky Mengle

Every year Kiplinger ranks all 50 states for their tax-friendliness. For 2020, Senior Tax Editor Rocky Mengle has put the focus on the middle class. H…
December 15, 2020
11 Winter Car Maintenance Tips
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Buying & Leasing a Car

11 Winter Car Maintenance Tips

There's more to getting your car ready for winter than figuring out where the scraper went.
December 9, 2020
Kiplinger's Tax Map for Retirees: About Our Methodology
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retirement

Kiplinger's Tax Map for Retirees: About Our Methodology

Here's how we put together our Retiree Tax Map and related content.
December 9, 2020
Your Year-End Financial To-Do List
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Your Year-End Financial To-Do List

We know you've got a lot to tackle, but these are the must-dos you should review before the year runs out on you.
December 9, 2020
5 States With No State Sales Tax
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Tax Breaks

5 States With No State Sales Tax

Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon do not impose a state sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low ta…
December 2, 2020
Where to Invest in 2021 with Anne Kates Smith
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investing

Where to Invest in 2021 with Anne Kates Smith

Kiplinger Executive Editor Anne Kates Smith joins us to talk about her 2021 outlook for stocks, market sectors, and even some specific stocks. Also, …
December 1, 2020
How Holiday Shopping Happens in a Pandemic
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Smart Buying

How Holiday Shopping Happens in a Pandemic

Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year will be like never before. DealNews analyst Julie Ramhold joins us to talk about how to navigate sale season. …
November 24, 2020