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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.
HSA Limits and Minimums
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HSA Limits and Minimums

Annually adjusted contribution limits and other requirements must be met if you're covering health care costs with a Health Savings Account.
September 21, 2020
Child Tax Credit Would Go Up Under Biden Proposal
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Child Tax Credit Would Go Up Under Biden Proposal

Some families would see their tax credit jump from $2,000 to $3,600 per child under Joe Biden's plan. But there are a couple of important catches.
September 18, 2020
Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans
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Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans

With the economy in trouble, tax policy takes on added importance in the 2020 presidential election. So, let's take a look at what Joe Biden has said …
September 18, 2020
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
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Oregon Wildfire Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes
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Oregon Wildfire Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes

The tax relief is currently available to Oregon wildfire victims in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties.
September 17, 2020
Stimulus Check Update: 9 Million Americans Could Still Claim a Payment
Coronavirus and Your Money

Stimulus Check Update: 9 Million Americans Could Still Claim a Payment

The IRS is sending out letters to people who didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return encouraging them to claim a stimulus check if they're eligible.
September 17, 2020
What Trump's Payroll Tax Cut Will Mean for You
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What Trump's Payroll Tax Cut Will Mean for You

President Trump issued an executive order to suspend the collection of Social Security payroll taxes. How much could it save you?
September 17, 2020
Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today
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Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today

The deadline for 2020 third quarter estimated tax payments is here. Get your payments in by midnight tonight.
September 15, 2020
Estimated Tax Payments Are Due September 15
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Estimated Tax Payments Are Due September 15

The deadline for 2020 third quarter estimated tax payments is almost here. Get your payments in now.
September 14, 2020
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When Are 2020 Estimated Tax Payments Due?
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When Are 2020 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…
September 11, 2020
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Will There Be a Second Stimulus Check?
Coronavirus and Your Money

Will There Be a Second Stimulus Check?

Despite support from President Trump and key Congressional leaders, the odds of getting another $1,200 stimulus check this year are fading fast.
September 10, 2020
Uncle Sam’s Bite of Social Security
Financial Planning

Uncle Sam’s Bite of Social Security

Retirement surprise: As much as 85% of Social Security benefits are subject to tax when provisional income exceeds $34,000 on a single return or $44,0…
September 10, 2020
IRS Extends Tax Due Dates for Hurricane Laura Victims
Tax Breaks

IRS Extends Tax Due Dates for Hurricane Laura Victims

Victims of Hurricane Laura have until the end of the year to file tax returns and make tax payments.
August 31, 2020
How Workers Face Double Taxation Under Trump's Payroll Tax Break
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How Workers Face Double Taxation Under Trump's Payroll Tax Break

There's a catch if your Social Security payroll taxes are deferred under President Trump's recent executive order, which kicks in on September 1.
August 31, 2020
Deferred Payroll Taxes to Be Paid in 2021
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Deferred Payroll Taxes to Be Paid in 2021

The IRS says Social Security payroll taxes that aren't collected this year under President Trump's executive order will have to be withheld and paid e…
August 29, 2020
Election 2020: President Trump's Tax Plans
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Election 2020: President Trump's Tax Plans

The president hasn't provided details about second-term tax plans if he wins the election, but he has dropped a few hints over the past few months.
August 29, 2020
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Tax Relief for Hurricane, Wildfire, Flood and Other Natural Disaster Victims
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Tax Relief for Hurricane, Wildfire, Flood and Other Natural Disaster Victims

Deductions for lost or damaged property, filing and payment extensions, and fee waivers can help taxpayers hit by a hurricane, wildfire, tornado, eart…
August 25, 2020
IRS Will Pay Stimulus Check Money Diverted for Child Support Payments
Coronavirus and Your Money

IRS Will Pay Stimulus Check Money Diverted for Child Support Payments

Checks will go to people who had all or part of their stimulus check diverted to pay their spouse's past-due child support.
August 25, 2020
11 Tips on How and When to File an Amended Tax Return
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11 Tips on How and When to File an Amended Tax Return

What to do if you discover a mistake on a previous tax return (and other reasons for filing an amended return).
August 25, 2020
Deadline for Returning RMDs to Retirement Accounts is Approaching Fast
Coronavirus and Your Money

Deadline for Returning RMDs to Retirement Accounts is Approaching Fast

Retirees who took a required minimum distribution earlier this year need to act quickly if they want to avoid taxes on the money they withdrew.
August 24, 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
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Millions of Americans Will Receive a Tax Refund Interest Check from the IRS
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Millions of Americans Will Receive a Tax Refund Interest Check from the IRS

Payments will go to people who filed their tax return by July 15 and received a refund in the past three months or are still waiting for a refund.
August 18, 2020
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Kamala Harris's Tax Policy Proposals
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Kamala Harris's Tax Policy Proposals

Since she could be a heartbeat away from the presidency next year, you might want to know where Kamala Harris stands on taxes.
August 15, 2020
Stimulus Check Relief for Spouses of Deceased People is Coming
Coronavirus and Your Money

Stimulus Check Relief for Spouses of Deceased People is Coming

The IRS will be sending new stimulus checks to widows and widowers who didn't get their original payment.
August 15, 2020
Veterans with Children Get Second Chance for Extra $500 Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

Veterans with Children Get Second Chance for Extra $500 Stimulus Check

The IRS set a new deadline for VA benefit recipients who didn't get an extra stimulus check payment for dependent children.
August 14, 2020
Social Security Recipients Get More Time to Request Extra $500 Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

Social Security Recipients Get More Time to Request Extra $500 Stimulus Check

The IRS is reopening the registration period for seniors who didn't receive the additional payment for dependent children earlier this year.
August 14, 2020
How a Second Stimulus Check Could Differ from Your First One
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How a Second Stimulus Check Could Differ from Your First One

The HEROES Act, which the House passed in May, would authorize another round of stimulus checks. While the new payments would be similar to the first …
August 11, 2020