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.
IRS Extends Tax Deadlines for Alabama and Kentucky Storm Victims
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Tax Breaks

IRS Extends Tax Deadlines for Alabama and Kentucky Storm Victims

Following FEMA's recent disaster declarations for severe storms in Alabama and Kentucky, victims of the storms in those states get more time to file a…
May 7, 2021
9 Reasons to File a Tax Return Even If You Don't Have To (Hint: They're Due Soon!)
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9 Reasons to File a Tax Return Even If You Don't Have To (Hint: They're Due Soon!)

Although you might not be required to file a tax return, it might be wise to file one anyway. Here are a few reasons why.
May 7, 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.
May 6, 2021
9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (It's Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)
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9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (It's Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)

Between due dates for extension requests, IRA or HSA contributions, and other deadlines, there's more to do by May 17 than just filing your federal in…
May 4, 2021
Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
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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 3, 2021
Tax Day 2021: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?
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Tax Day 2021: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

Like last year, the IRS pushed the tax deadline back this year because of the pandemic. But your 2020 federal tax return is now due soon.
May 3, 2021
3 Reasons Not to Fear the Biden Tax Hikes
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Politics

3 Reasons Not to Fear the Biden Tax Hikes

A lot of people are getting all worked up over President Biden's plan to raise taxes. Here are some reasons to chill.
May 3, 2021
Kentucky Derby: Tax Tips for Gambling Winnings and Losses
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taxes

Kentucky Derby: Tax Tips for Gambling Winnings and Losses

If you picked the right horse and won some money on the Kentucky Derby, don't forget that the IRS wants a cut of your winnings.
May 2, 2021
7 Ways Biden Plans to Tax the Rich (And Maybe Some Not-So-Rich People)
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Politics

7 Ways Biden Plans to Tax the Rich (And Maybe Some Not-So-Rich People)

How would wealthier Americans pay more in taxes under President Biden's American Families Plan? Let us count the ways.
April 30, 2021
Taxes Aren't Due Yet, But You Might Want to File Now Anyway
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tax deadline

Taxes Aren't Due Yet, But You Might Want to File Now Anyway

Even though this year's tax deadline has been extended, there are still plenty of good reasons to file your taxes now.
April 30, 2021
More Monthly Child Credit Payments, Higher Child Care Credit, and Other Tax Breaks in Biden's Latest Plan
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Tax Breaks

More Monthly Child Credit Payments, Higher Child Care Credit, and Other Tax Breaks in Biden's Latest Plan

President Biden's American Families Plan extends several popular tax credits that benefit low-income and middle-class families.
April 29, 2021
Biden Hopes to Eliminate Stepped-Up Basis for Millionaires
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Tax Breaks

Biden Hopes to Eliminate Stepped-Up Basis for Millionaires

As part of his American Families Plan, President Biden wants to change the way capital assets are taxed when you die.
April 28, 2021
Biden Calls for Capital Gains Tax Hike
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Politics

Biden Calls for Capital Gains Tax Hike

As expected, President Biden included a capital gains tax increase for millionaires in his American Families Plan.
April 28, 2021
What are "Plus-Up" Payments (And Will You Get One)?
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Coronavirus and Your Money

What are "Plus-Up" Payments (And Will You Get One)?

Some people who already received a third stimulus check will get an additional payment from the IRS. Will you be one of them?
April 27, 2021
Who's Not Eligible For a Third Stimulus Check
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Who's Not Eligible For a Third Stimulus Check

Not everyone will get a third stimulus check. See if you're on the list of people who aren't eligible for a third-round payment.
April 23, 2021
What Are the Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2020 and 2021?
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capital gains tax

What Are the Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2020 and 2021?

Which tax rate applies to your long-term capital gains depends on your taxable income.
April 22, 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.
April 21, 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.
April 21, 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…
April 21, 2021
Does President Biden Want to Raise YOUR Taxes?
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taxes

Does President Biden Want to Raise YOUR Taxes?

President Biden's "social infrastructure" plan is expected to include tax increases for some Americans. Will you be one of them?
April 21, 2021
8 Reasons Why Your Third Stimulus Check Could Be Delayed or Denied
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Coronavirus and Your Money

8 Reasons Why Your Third Stimulus Check Could Be Delayed or Denied

The IRS has already delivered millions of third-round payments. If you're still waiting for your money, here's why your third stimulus check could be …
April 17, 2021
Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today
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Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today

The deadline for 2021 first quarter estimated tax payments is here. Get your payments in before midnight tonight (April 15).
April 15, 2021
What to Do If Your Third Stimulus Check is Lost, Stolen or Destroyed
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Coronavirus and Your Money

What to Do If Your Third Stimulus Check is Lost, Stolen or Destroyed

If your third stimulus check is lost in the mail, or something else happens to it before you get it, you can ask the IRS to trace your payment. Here's…
April 13, 2021
Social Security Recipients Are Finally Getting Their Third Stimulus Check
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Social Security Recipients Are Finally Getting Their Third Stimulus Check

The IRS is finally sending third stimulus check payments for Social Security and other federal beneficiaries who didn't file a 2019 or 2020 tax return…
April 13, 2021
Who Should Return Their Third Stimulus Check to the IRS?
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Who Should Return Their Third Stimulus Check to the IRS?

Some people who receive a third stimulus check are required to send it back to the IRS. Others can return it voluntarily.
April 12, 2021
Your Third Stimulus Check: How Much? When? And Other FAQs
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Your Third Stimulus Check: How Much? When? And Other FAQs

The IRS is sending out another round of stimulus payments. Here's what you need to know about the third stimulus check with your name on it.
April 10, 2021
Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?
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tax refunds

Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?

The IRS has $1.3 billion in refunds from 2017 waiting to be claimed. Is any of that money yours?
April 5, 2021