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Kevin McCormally

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.
Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Newly Divorced
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Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Newly Divorced

Filing taxes after a divorce can add yet another problem to an already long list of challenges. But here are some tips to make your return to single l…
September 18, 2020
Why You Need a Roth IRA
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Why You Need a Roth IRA

With this indispensable savings tool, your money grows tax-free, you can invest in almost anything and you get several cool perks.
August 19, 2020
The Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees
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The Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees

For new retirees—especially those on a fixed income—it's more important than ever to take full advantage of every tax break available.
May 4, 2020
The RMD Solution to the Hassle of Filing Estimated Taxes in Retirement
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The RMD Solution to the Hassle of Filing Estimated Taxes in Retirement

If you don't need the money to live on, wait until December to take your RMD and ask the sponsor to withhold a big chunk for the IRS.
March 23, 2020
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How to Handle an IRS Audit of Your Tax Return
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How to Handle an IRS Audit of Your Tax Return

Don't panic! Keys to success include being well prepared, establishing credibility right from the start, and keeping your wits about you.
March 12, 2020
Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions for the Self-Employed
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Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions for the Self-Employed

Have you recently gone into business for yourself? Check out these seven ways to make the tax law work for you.
February 13, 2020
Where You Rank as a Taxpayer
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Where You Rank as a Taxpayer

Do the rich pay their fair share of taxes? How about you? Our handy tool will help you answer these questions.
February 11, 2020
4 Back-From-the-Dead Tax Breaks for Your 2019 Return
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4 Back-From-the-Dead Tax Breaks for Your 2019 Return

There's a handful of tax breaks you may have heard about that keep coming back from the dead like zombies.
February 5, 2020
20 Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions
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20 Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions

You have to claim all the write-offs you're entitled to if you really want to cut your income tax bill to the bone.
January 6, 2020
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How to Get Next Year’s Tax Refund Now
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How to Get Next Year’s Tax Refund Now

It all starts with filling out a new W-4 form with your employer.
February 14, 2019
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The Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees
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The Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees

Because federal tax law reaches deep into all aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that the rules that affect us change as our lives change.
December 24, 2018
26 Ways the New Tax Law Will Affect Your Wallet
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26 Ways the New Tax Law Will Affect Your Wallet

The new year starts with a new tax law affecting every taxpayer in the land.
August 8, 2018
10 Things Boomers Must Know About RMDs From IRAs
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10 Things Boomers Must Know About RMDs From IRAs

Members of the Woodstock Generation are increasingly reaching the age at which “the establishment” demands they start unwinding their traditional IRAs…
July 23, 2018
Only Homo Sapiens Need Apply for New 529 College Savings Tax Break
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Only Homo Sapiens Need Apply for New 529 College Savings Tax Break

But you don’t have to wait for Congress to act to open a tax-advantaged plan to save for an unborn child or grandchild’s college education.
April 11, 2018
3 Tax Forms That Can Accidentally Raise Your Tax Bill
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3 Tax Forms That Can Accidentally Raise Your Tax Bill

Protect yourself from accidentally increasing your 2017 taxes by being misled by a member of the 1099 family.
April 9, 2018
New Pass-Through Tax Break for Retirement Income
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New Pass-Through Tax Break for Retirement Income

The new tax law rewards retirees and others running side gigs and small businesses with a 20% tax deduction on qualified business income.
April 3, 2018
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7 Tax Forms That Can Accidentally Increase Your Tax Bill
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7 Tax Forms That Can Accidentally Increase Your Tax Bill

March 9, 2018
New Tax Law: Tips for Filing Your 2017 Tax Return
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New Tax Law: Tips for Filing Your 2017 Tax Return

All the hoopla about the tax law signed by President Trump can obscure a sneaky little secret: The rules pertaining to the 2017 tax return you're work…
March 6, 2018
3 Back-From-the-Dead Tax Breaks Your Tax Software Doesn't Even Know About
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3 Back-From-the-Dead Tax Breaks Your Tax Software Doesn't Even Know About

You have to hand it to the U.S.
February 15, 2018
Under the New Tax Law, Is My Alimony Tax-Free?
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Under the New Tax Law, Is My Alimony Tax-Free?

The new policy goes into effect in 2019. Older divorces can be modified to follow the new rules—if both parties agree.
February 9, 2018
How Can I Deduct Home-Equity Interest Under the New Tax Law?
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How Can I Deduct Home-Equity Interest Under the New Tax Law?

Still want to tap your home equity and deduct the interest? Options remain.
February 9, 2018
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Capital Gains and the Kiddie Tax Under the New Tax Law
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Capital Gains and the Kiddie Tax Under the New Tax Law

Those paying the kiddie tax are in for higher rates that kick in at lower levels — but capital gains are still favored.
February 9, 2018
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What the New Tax Law Means for Students
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What the New Tax Law Means for Students

The rush is on to try to figure out what’s in all the nooks and crannies of the most sweeping tax overhaul in three decades.
February 8, 2018
How the New Tax Law Affects Retirees and Retirement Planning
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How the New Tax Law Affects Retirees and Retirement Planning

Tax lawyers, accountants and financial planners are burning the midnight oil trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the new tax law.
January 12, 2018
Big Change Afoot for the "Kiddie Tax" Under the New Tax Law
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Big Change Afoot for the "Kiddie Tax" Under the New Tax Law

Though the exemption remains the same, the rates are quite different.
January 12, 2018
An Investing Tax Break that Survived Under the New Tax Law
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An Investing Tax Break that Survived Under the New Tax Law

Forget about deducting management fees and tax-prep costs. But margin interest you still get.
January 12, 2018
Gaming the Mortgage Interest Deduction Under the New Tax Law
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Gaming the Mortgage Interest Deduction Under the New Tax Law

The rise in the standard deduction means far fewer people will be deducting mortgage interest.
January 12, 2018