Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle

Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

In his current role as Senior Tax Editor, Rocky spends most of his time writing and editing federal and state tax content for Kiplinger.com. He also contributes to Kiplinger's Retirement Report and The Kiplinger Tax Letter.

Rocky has more than 20 years of experience covering tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, he was a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, where he concentrated on state and local taxes. In that role, he managed a portfolio of print and digital state income tax research products, led the development of various new print and online products, authored white papers and other special publications, coordinated with authors of a state tax treatise, and acted as media contact for the state income tax group (where he was quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets). Before that, Rocky was an Executive Editor at Kleinrock Publishing, which provided tax research products to tax professionals. At Kleinrock, he directed the development, maintenance, and enhancement of all state tax and payroll law publications, including electronic research products, monthly newsletters, and handbooks.

Rocky has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

Will a Gas Tax Holiday or Suspension Lower Gas Prices Near You?
picture of gas price sign with high prices
Tax Breaks

Will a Gas Tax Holiday or Suspension Lower Gas Prices Near You?

One way to bring down the price of gasoline is to establish a gas tax holiday. But will Uncle Sam, or your state government, suspend the gas taxes tha…
May 27, 2022
Where's My Refund? How to Track Your Tax Refund Status
picture of the words "where is your tax refund" printed under a torn piece of paper
tax refunds

Where's My Refund? How to Track Your Tax Refund Status

The IRS has an online tool that lets you track the status of your tax refund.
May 25, 2022
Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
picture of a Form 1099G for unemployment payments
state tax

Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide

Don't be surprised by an unexpected state tax bill on your unemployment benefits. Know where unemployment compensation is taxable and where it isn't.
May 23, 2022
Charitable Tax Deductions: An Additional Reward for the Gift of Giving
picture of a man making a charitable donation on his phone
Tax Breaks

Charitable Tax Deductions: An Additional Reward for the Gift of Giving

With a charitable tax deduction, you can donate to a good cause and cut your tax bill at the same time.
May 19, 2022
No Tax for Donating Leave to Ukraine Victims
picture of a smart phone with a "help Ukraine" on the screen
Tax Breaks

No Tax for Donating Leave to Ukraine Victims

Vacation, sick, or personal leave donated to help victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine won't be treated as taxable income.
May 19, 2022
10 States With the Highest Sales Taxes
picture of a calculator with "sales tax" on the screen
state tax

10 States With the Highest Sales Taxes

When both state and local taxes are considered, you'll pay more sales tax when shopping in these states.
May 17, 2022
9 States with No Income Tax
picture of computer keyboard button with "no taxes" written on it
Tax Breaks

9 States with No Income Tax

Your hard-earned money is safe from state income tax if you live in one of these states…but watch out for other state and local taxes.
May 17, 2022
12 States That Tax Social Security Benefits
picture of money and a Social Security card
social security

12 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

You may have dreamed of a tax-free retirement, but if you live in one of these states, your Social Security benefits may be subject to state taxes.
May 17, 2022
10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
picture of U.S. map made out of one-hundred dollar bills
retirement

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Retirees in these states are likely to have a higher overall state and local tax burden than retirees in other states.
May 16, 2022
5 States With No State Sales Tax
picture of cash register showing zero tax due
Tax Breaks

5 States With No State Sales Tax

A handful of states don't impose a sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low taxes.
May 16, 2022
Tax Day 2022: When Was the Last Day to File Your Taxes (For Most People)
picture of a tax form on a calendar with April 18 marked as "tax day"
tax deadline

Tax Day 2022: When Was the Last Day to File Your Taxes (For Most People)

Federal income tax returns were due April 18 for most of us. But some people have some extra time to file – are you one of them?
May 13, 2022
2022 Tax Calendar: Important Tax Due Dates and Deadlines
picture of ticking clock that says "time for taxes"
tax deadline

2022 Tax Calendar: Important Tax Due Dates and Deadlines

Know the tax deadlines that apply to you, so you don't get hit with IRS penalties or miss out on a valuable tax break.
May 13, 2022
New Mexico Wildfire and Wind Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes
picture of a burned house
Tax Breaks

New Mexico Wildfire and Wind Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes

Certain tax filing and payment deadlines are extended for residents and businesses impacted by the recent wildfires and straight-line winds in New Mex…
May 13, 2022
10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
picture of a U.S. map with coins on it
retirement

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Moving to a low-tax state in retirement can help make your retirement savings last longer.
May 12, 2022
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
drawing of a map of the United States with a coin being dropped in a slot on the map
state tax

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

It can cost you thousands of dollars each year if you fail to consider state and local taxes before moving your family from one state to another.
May 12, 2022
The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
drawing of mother, father and child cutouts on a map of the United States
state tax

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

If you're thinking about changing jobs and moving to a different state, you could save big bucks by relocating to one of these states where the tax bi…
May 11, 2022
HSA Contribution Limits and Other Requirements
picture of a clipboard with "health savings account" written on it
health savings accounts

HSA Contribution Limits and Other Requirements

Annually adjusted contribution limits and other requirements must be met if you're covering health care costs with a Health Savings Account.
April 29, 2022
HSA Contribution Limits for 2023 Are Out
picture of a HSA jar with money in it next to a piggy bank
health savings accounts

HSA Contribution Limits for 2023 Are Out

The IRS released the contribution limits, annual deductibles for health plans, and out-of-pocket expense limits for 2023 health savings accounts.
April 29, 2022
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2022 Tax Year
picture of note saying "New 2022 Tax Laws" on a one-hundred dollar bill
tax law

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2022 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2022 tax year. Smart taxpayers will start planning for them now.
April 29, 2022
What's the Standard Deduction for 2022 vs. 2021?
picture of the words "tax deduction" written with a fancy pen
Tax Breaks

What's the Standard Deduction for 2022 vs. 2021?

If you're planning ahead for next year's tax return, see if your 2022 standard deduction will be higher than it was for 2021.
April 28, 2022
When Are 2022 Estimated Tax Payments Due?
picture of part of IRS form 1040-ES
tax deadline

When Are 2022 Estimated Tax Payments Due?

If you're self-employed or don't have taxes withheld from other sources of taxable income, it's up to you to periodically pay the IRS by making estima…
April 28, 2022
Penalties for Filing Your Tax Return Late
picture of a notebook with "tax penalty" written on it
tax deadline

Penalties for Filing Your Tax Return Late

Stiff penalties await those who didn't file their return (or pay any tax owed) by the tax filing deadline.
April 20, 2022
What Happens if You Missed the Tax Deadline?
picture of man holding his head because he forgot something
tax deadline

What Happens if You Missed the Tax Deadline?

If you owe Uncle Sam money, filing your tax return late (or never) can cost you big bucks.
April 20, 2022
Need More Time to File Your Taxes? Here's How to Get an Extension
picture of a tax time stopwatch
tax deadline

Need More Time to File Your Taxes? Here's How to Get an Extension

If you can't wrap up your federal tax return by the annual deadline, it's easy to buy yourself more time by filing a tax extension.
April 20, 2022
10 Tax Deadlines for April 18 (Today is Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)
picture of April 2022 calendar with the 18th circled and marked with the words "tax day"
tax deadline

10 Tax Deadlines for April 18 (Today is Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)

Between requesting a tax extension, making IRA or HSA contributions, and meeting other tax deadlines, there's more to do today than just filing your f…
April 18, 2022
Top Off Your HSA Today and Lower Your Tax Bill (While There's Still Time)
picture of a piggy bank with a stethoscope
Tax Breaks

Top Off Your HSA Today and Lower Your Tax Bill (While There's Still Time)

If you haven't already contributed the full amount to your HSA for 2021, today is the last day to do so and reduce your taxes at the same time.
April 18, 2022
What Time is the Tax Deadline Today?
picture of a clock just before midnight
tax deadline

What Time is the Tax Deadline Today?

If you're waiting until the last possible minute to file your tax return, you should at least know how much time you have.
April 18, 2022