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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.
Depending on where you live, state income taxes and property taxes could cost you thousands of dollars every year. High sales taxes or gas taxes could slowly drain your funds every time you pull out your ...
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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 ...
Ford, Kia and Cadillac make affordable alternatives to popular vehicles on the used-car market.
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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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Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy. In 2017, as much as $5.49 million in assets is exempt from federal estate taxes—double that for a married couple. In 2018, ...
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While the unemployment rate has hovered below 5% since mid-2016, wages have remained relatively flat, with average salary increases expected to increase just 3% in 2018. For many workers, the only way ...
When buying or leasing a new car, Kiplinger readers know to consider depreciation and residual value. In a purchase, the better your new ride holds its value, the more resale dollars you’ll eventually ...
Warren Buffett’s reputation as one of the world’s great investors is built not only on years of market-beating returns with his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, but also on his...
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What’s a bigger American tradition than the summer road trip? Before you load up Aunt Edna and hit the highway, better make sure the Family Truckster is up to the task. We’ve got some tips and tricks ...
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Retired federal employees often get a tax break for their service. But not here.
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Our tips will help even the least confrontational among you negotiate a price you wouldn't feel embarrassed disclosing to your neighbors.
Cyberthreats are where much of the action is for today’s military, but war planners haven’t forgotten the need to keep up with traditional ways of enhancing America’s defense: weapons and the means ...
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Roth accounts offer big advantages over traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.
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If you believe that tax breaks are for millionaires and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS.
In recent years, lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives ...
Leasing can put you in the car you really want. But don't let lower payments lull you into spending more than you should.