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.

Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
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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.
September 23, 2022
Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
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Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

We rated every state, plus the District of Columbia, on how retirees are taxed. Some of the results might surprise you.
September 23, 2022
What Are the Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2022 vs. 2021?
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What Are the Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2022 vs. 2021?

The tax rate that applies to a capital gain depends on the type of asset, your taxable income, and how long you held the property sold.
September 22, 2022
What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2022 vs. 2021?
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What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2022 vs. 2021?

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.
September 20, 2022
Hurricane Fiona: Tax Relief Available for Puerto Rico Victims
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Hurricane Fiona: Tax Relief Available for Puerto Rico Victims

FEMA's recent disaster declaration opens the door for extended federal tax filing and payment deadlines for victims of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico.
September 20, 2022
Save More on Green Home Improvements Under the Inflation Reduction Act
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Save More on Green Home Improvements Under the Inflation Reduction Act

Tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements are extended and expanded by the Inflation Reduction Act.
September 16, 2022
Reminder: Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today
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Reminder: Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today

The deadline for submitting your third estimated tax payment for 2022 is here, so get your payments in before it's too late.
September 15, 2022
6 RMD Changes We Could See This Year
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6 RMD Changes We Could See This Year

Congress is considering two bills that would make major changes to required minimum distributions. Could your RMDs be affected?
September 13, 2022
When Is Your First RMD Due?
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When Is Your First RMD Due?

If you turn 72 in 2022, you still have plenty of time to take your first RMD. But you might be better off taking it now.
September 13, 2022
Big Changes to the Saver's Credit Could Be on the Way
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Big Changes to the Saver's Credit Could Be on the Way

Congress is considering legislation that would turn the Saver's Credit into a government match to your retirement plan contributions.
September 9, 2022
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
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Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class

If your income isn't too high, the Saver's Credit can help lower your tax bill if you contribute to a retirement account now.
September 9, 2022
Arizona Storm Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes
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Arizona Storm Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes

Certain tax filing and payment deadlines are extended for residents and businesses impacted by the recent severe storms in Arizona.
September 9, 2022
When Are 2022 Estimated Tax Payments Due?
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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…
September 9, 2022
2022 Tax Calendar: Important Tax Due Dates and Deadlines
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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.
September 9, 2022
Mississippi Water Crisis Victims Get Tax Relief from IRS
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Mississippi Water Crisis Victims Get Tax Relief from IRS

Upcoming tax filing and payment deadlines are extended for residents and businesses impacted by the Mississippi water crisis.
September 7, 2022
33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes
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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.
September 2, 2022
Will a Gas Tax Holiday or Suspension Lower Gas Prices Near You?
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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…
September 2, 2022
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 previously filed tax return (and other reasons for filing an amended tax return).
August 30, 2022
Bonus Tax Refunds Will Be Sent Soon – Will You Get a Check from the IRS?
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Bonus Tax Refunds Will Be Sent Soon – Will You Get a Check from the IRS?

The IRS is sending more than $1.2 billion in tax refunds to people and businesses hit with late-filing penalties during the pandemic.
August 26, 2022
13 Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers
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13 Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers

Owning (or buying) a home is expensive. But at least there are some tax deductions, credits, and exclusions that can help you recoup some of those cos…
August 20, 2022
Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2022 Tax Year
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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.
August 19, 2022
Inflation Reduction Act Boosts Obamacare Tax Credit
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Inflation Reduction Act Boosts Obamacare Tax Credit

Enhancements to the premium tax credit are extended for three more years under the Inflation Reduction Act.
August 17, 2022
Tax Due Dates Pushed Back for Missouri Storm and Flood Victims
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Tax Due Dates Pushed Back for Missouri Storm and Flood Victims

The IRS is extending tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers affected by the recent storms and flooding in Missouri.
August 12, 2022
Montana Storm and Flooding Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes
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Montana Storm and Flooding Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes

Certain tax filing and payment deadlines are extended for residents and businesses impacted by the Montana severe storms and flooding that started in …
August 5, 2022
New Mexico Wildfire and Wind Victims Get More Time to Pay Taxes
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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…
August 5, 2022
Tax-Free Weekend for Back-to-School Shopping
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Tax-Free Weekend for Back-to-School Shopping

Fight inflation with a tax-free weekend. Twelve states are holding (or starting) sales tax holidays this weekend!
August 5, 2022
Tax Relief Available for Kentucky Storm and Flood Victims
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Tax Relief Available for Kentucky Storm and Flood Victims

Upcoming tax filing and payment deadlines are extended for residents and businesses impacted by the Kentucky storms and flooding that started in July.
August 3, 2022