Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle

Tax Editor, -
Rocky has more than 20 years of experience covering tax developments. He came to Kiplinger from Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and, before that, he worked for Kleinrock Publishing. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA in History from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.
5 States With No State Sales Tax
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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
It's ITIN Renewal Time!
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It's ITIN Renewal Time!

Beat the rush and avoid refund delays by renewing your ITIN before the end of the year if it's about to expire.
November 23, 2020
Stimulus Check Deadline is Today
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Stimulus Check Deadline is Today

If you haven't already received a stimulus check, you need to act now if you want your payment this year.
November 21, 2020
9 States with No Income Tax
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9 States with No Income Tax

If you choose to live in these states, every penny you earn is safe from state income tax (although two of the states do tax some dividends and intere…
November 20, 2020
Louisiana's Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane and Pandemic Recovery is Underway
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Louisiana's Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane and Pandemic Recovery is Underway

Holiday shoppers can avoid Louisiana sales tax on purchases of most items during the state's newest tax-free period.
November 20, 2020
Social Security Recipients, Veterans Must Act Now to Get Extra $500 Stimulus Check
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Social Security Recipients, Veterans Must Act Now to Get Extra $500 Stimulus Check

The deadline for seniors and veterans to request an additional $500 stimulus check for a dependent child is almost here. Here's how you can claim your…
November 18, 2020
Some College Students Can Still Get a Stimulus Check
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Some College Students Can Still Get a Stimulus Check

Since the deadline is right around the corner, quick action is needed for college students who are eligible for a stimulus check.
November 17, 2020
13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits
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13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

You may have dreamed of a tax-free retirement, but if you live in these 13 states, your Social Security benefits are subject to a state tax. That's on…
November 16, 2020
The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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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…
November 16, 2020
Kiplinger's Tax Map for Middle-Class Families: About Our Methodology
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Kiplinger's Tax Map for Middle-Class Families: About Our Methodology

The research behind our judgments.
November 16, 2020
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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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.
November 16, 2020
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees
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The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees

Unfortunately, some states aren't very generous when it comes to helping retired veterans at tax time.
November 15, 2020
20 Things You Need to Know About Getting Into a Military Service Academy
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20 Things You Need to Know About Getting Into a Military Service Academy

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy offer a tuition-free educat…
November 11, 2020
Will Joe Biden Raise YOUR Taxes?
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Will Joe Biden Raise YOUR Taxes?

During the campaign, Joe Biden promised that he would raise taxes for some people. Will you be one of them?
November 10, 2020
Bad News on IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021
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Bad News on IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021

Retirement savers will be disappointed with the contribution limits for next year, but at least more people will qualify for retirement tax breaks in …
November 5, 2020
Watch Out for Stimulus Check Texting Scam
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Watch Out for Stimulus Check Texting Scam

Scammers are sending text messages that trick people into disclosing bank account information to get a $1,200 stimulus check.
November 4, 2020
Sales Tax Holidays in 2020
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Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

Seventeen states are having sales tax holidays this year. If you plan your shopping around these tax-free periods, you can save big on back-to-school …
November 2, 2020
Louisiana Adds Sales Tax Holiday to Help Hurricane and Pandemic Recovery
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Louisiana Adds Sales Tax Holiday to Help Hurricane and Pandemic Recovery

Holiday shoppers can avoid Louisiana sales tax on purchases of most items during the November tax-free period.
November 2, 2020
HSA Contribution Limits and Other Requirements
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HSA Contribution Limits and Other Requirements

Annually adjusted contribution limits, health plan minimum deductibles, and limits on out-of-pocket medical expenses must be met if you're covering he…
October 29, 2020
Stimulus Check Deadline Extended
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Stimulus Check Deadline Extended

The IRS is giving people who didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return more time to claim a stimulus check.
October 27, 2020
What's the Standard Deduction for 2020 vs. 2021?
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What's the Standard Deduction for 2020 vs. 2021?

Most Americans claim the standard deduction on their tax return instead of itemized deductions.
October 27, 2020
Estate Tax Exemption Amount Goes Up for 2021
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Estate Tax Exemption Amount Goes Up for 2021

As the estate tax exemption amount increases, fewer estates are subject to the federal tax.
October 27, 2020
The 2021 Capital Gains Tax Rate Thresholds Are Out – What Rate Will You Pay?
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The 2021 Capital Gains Tax Rate Thresholds Are Out – What Rate Will You Pay?

Which tax rate applies to your 2021 long-term capital gains will depend on your taxable income.
October 27, 2020
IRS Releases Income Tax Brackets for 2021
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IRS Releases Income Tax Brackets for 2021

The tax rates didn't change, but the tax bracket income ranges for the 2021 tax year are adjusted to account for inflation.
October 27, 2020
What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020?
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What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020?

Depending on your taxable income, you can end up in one of seven different federal income tax brackets – each with its own marginal tax rate.
October 27, 2020
Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans
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Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans

With the economy still in trouble, tax policy takes on added importance in the 2020 election. So, let's take a look at what Joe Biden wants to do abou…
October 22, 2020
Tax Relief Available for California Wildfire Victims
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Tax Relief Available for California Wildfire Victims

Residents and businesses impacted by the California wildfires get more time to file and pay taxes.
October 19, 2020