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David Muhlbaum

Senior Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Muhlbaum made the leap from print to electronic journalism in 1995 after a stint at Dow Jones Newswires taught him about working in real time. He moved to America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting and taxes. He also writes about cars and car maintenance, for which his degree in American literature from Middlebury College qualifies him not one bit.

Latest Features

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March 2019

Ways YouTube Can Save You Money on DIY Projects

Online videos can walk even the most fumble-fingered among us through routine tasks, from fixing a leak to mending a garment. With a hint of bravery and your smartphone at your side, there’s plenty of ...

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March 2019

11 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don't)

Funny thing about our federal system of government: There’s that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there’s an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted ...

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February 2019

10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

If you believe that tax breaks are reserved for hedge fund managers and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS. Lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives ...

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February 2019

States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raised the federal exemption from estate taxes to $11.2 million per person, or $22.4 million for a married couple, so the vast majority of taxpayers won't have to worry about ...

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January 2019

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

Retirees relocate for lots of different reasons, from the weather to proximity to grandchildren. Moving from a pricey part of the country to one with low housing prices could also lower your expenses and ...

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Drive Time
January 2019

Teenagers Can Be a Pain (to Insure)

A number of insurers offer discounts for good grades or completing a defensive driving course, but the price of covering teens remains high.

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November 2018

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2018

These 10 states impose the highest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s 2018 analysis of state taxes. One treats Social Security benefits just like Uncle Sam does—taxing up to 85% of your benefits. ...

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November 2018

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2018

These 10 states impose the lowest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s 2018 analysis of state taxes. All of them exempt Social Security benefits from state taxes. Most exempt at least a portion ...

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October 2017

Winter Car Care and Maintenance Tips

Perhaps the first frost has already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper. As you adjust to the chill, give a thought to your ride, and check out these nine tips that will keep your ...

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October 2018

Best States for Low Taxes: 50 States Ranked for Taxes, 2018

2018 is the first year of the new tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It will reduce federal taxes for millions of taxpayers, with the average family saving more than $1,000 in 2018. But state taxes are ...

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October 2018

The Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2018

The economy is booming, with the unemployment rate at the lowest level in nearly 50 years. Wages have remained relatively stagnant, though, and for many workers, the only way to get a raise is by changing ...

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October 2018

The Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will reduce federal taxes for millions of taxpayers, with the average family saving more than $1,000 in 2018. State taxes are another story. Most states use federal definitions ...

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September 2018

Claim These Tax Deductions Even If You Don't Itemize

One of the biggest changes the new tax law brings is a near doubling of the standard deduction to $12,000 on single returns, $18,000 for head-of-household filers and $24,000 on joint returns … up from ...

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Drive Time
August 2018

How a Mouse Ate My Car

Our world is full of wonderful furry creatures. They just need to stay the heck away from our vehicles already.

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July 2018

8 Jobs That Will Be Replaced by Robots Soon

The fear of machines taking our jobs dates back hundreds of years, to the Luddites of England, who fought mechanical weaving tools in the early 19th century. But it has gotten new life as the combination ...

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Drive Time
June 2018

A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life

If you travel more than, say, 150 miles from home more than a few times a year, I don’t see an electric car working as your primary vehicle.

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May 2018

6 Money-Saving Car Accessories for Everyone

It’s okay, we get it: There are plenty of people for whom the car is simply a conveyance of necessity—a vessel, not a ride. Yours will not be pimped (and only begrudgingly washed), and the car-parts ...

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