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Sandra Block

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Latest Features

Family Finances
February 2019

Couples and Money

Love is in the air, and Kiplinger senior editor Eileen Ambrose joins the podcast to talk about how to best manage financial issues with your significant other. Also, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey chat about the best and worst career paths over the next decade.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2019

10 Surprising Things That Are Taxable

If you work for a living, you know that your wages are taxable, and you’re probably aware that some investment income is taxed, too. But the IRS doesn’t stop there. If you’ve picked up some extra ...

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SLIDE SHOW
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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SLIDE SHOW
February 2019

States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits

Some retirees are surprised to learn that Social Security is taxable. The federal government taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income. Most states, however, exempt Social Security from ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
February 2019

Why It Pays to File Your Taxes Now

It's tax season, and co-host Sandy Block explains why taxpayers should file sooner rather than later. Then, she and fellow co-host Ryan Ermey discuss holiday debt hangover and share more wacky PR pitches. This leads the pair to dish on virtual pawn shops and meaningless market indicators.

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Tax Planning
January 2019

Our Guide to Saving on Your 2018 Taxes

We help you navigate the ins and outs of the new tax law and get the biggest refund—or lowest tax bill—possible.

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Stocks & Bonds
January 2019

Undervalued Stocks Worth a Look

Kiplinger's senior associate editor John Waggoner returns to discuss top mutual fund managers' favorite undervalued stocks with podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey. The pair also delves into sports gambling (and make a few prop bets) just in time for the Super Bowl. Sandy and Ryan wrap things up with a new edition of "Deal or No Deal?" aimed at online shoppers.

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Saving Money
January 2019

How to Manage a Financial Windfall

With host Ryan Ermey dreaming of winning big on the legendary game show Jeopardy!, he and fellow host Sandy Block discuss strategies for dealing with a financial windfall. Plus, advice on updating your retirement plan, as well as a lesson on market indexes.

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SLIDE SHOW
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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SLIDE SHOW
January 2019

8 Tax Deductions Eliminated (or Reduced) Under the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered tax rates and nearly doubled the standard deduction, which is expected to reduce taxes for about 65% of taxpayers, according to the Tax Policy Center. But an estimated ...

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Social Security
January 2019

Will the Government Shutdown Delay My Social Security Benefits?

Offices remain open and monthly Social Security checks will go out on time despite the partial shutdown.

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Travel
January 2019

How to Book Luxury Travel for Less

Podcast hosts Ryan and Sandy welcome Kiplinger's associate editor and resident travel expert Miriam Cross to talk tips for traveling in style on a tight budget. The pair also discuss retail return policies and try to stump each other in a new edition of Financial Fact or Fiction.

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Economic Forecasts
January 2019

The Fastest-Growing Jobs and Industries of the Next Five Years

Jim Patterson, managing editor of The Kiplinger Letter, reveals the best opportunities for workers, businesses and investors in the next half-decade. Our podcast hosts also share their financial New Year’s resolutions and wrap up with a game of Deal or No Deal.

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Saving for Retirement
January 2019

Countdown to Retirement

For a smooth ride to retirement, take these financial steps when you have 10 years, five years and one year to go.

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Saving Money
January 2019

Countdown to Retirement: 10 Years Away

For a smooth ride to retirement, take these financial steps when you have 10 years to go.

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Saving Money
January 2019

Countdown to Retirement: 5 Years Away

For a smooth ride to retirement, take these financial steps when you have 5 years to go.

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Saving for Retirement
January 2019

Countdown to Retirement: 1 Year Away

For a smooth ride to retirement, take these financial steps when you one year to go.

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