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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

Tax Planning
December 2018

Year-End Tax Moves to Save Under the New Tax Law

Sandy schools Ryan on last-minute strategies to reduce your tax bill. The duo discuss the buzz surrounding cannabis stocks and play a game of financial fact or fiction on “use it or lose it” deals.

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SLIDE SHOW
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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SLIDE SHOW
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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Stocks & Bonds
November 2018

Where Should I Put My Money Now?

Senior editor Anne Smith joins the show to talk investor moves in an uncertain market. Ryan and Sandy review holiday tipping protocol and share tales of their wackiest PR pitches.

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Social Security
November 2018

Social Security: Now or Later?

Delaying benefits will increase the size of your checks, but it’s not the best strategy for everyone.

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Smart Buying
November 2018

How to Score Holiday Deals on Black Friday and All Season Long

Hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey interview online editor Andrea Browne Taylor about holiday shopping tips and tricks. The pair also discuss the basics of bear markets and dish about deals that aren’t as good as they seem.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees

If you spent your career in the military, you’ve probably lived all over the U.S. and around the world. But before you put down roots in retirement, find out how much of your hard-earned pension will ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

Last-Minute Tax Tips to Lower Your 2018 Tax Bill

Moves you make between now and the end of the year can have a significant effect on how much tax you have to pay next April, particularly when it comes to investments you might hold outside a retirement ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2018

9 States With the Scariest Death Taxes

Unless you’ve just won one of this year’s mind-boggling lottery jackpots, you probably don’t have to worry about federal estate taxes. The tax overhaul increased the amount of assets that is exempt ...

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Family Finances
November 2018

A Money Smart Divorce

Whether your divorce is amicable or rancorous enough to inspire a country music song, it’s important to pay attention to taxes when dividing your assets.

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Smart Buying
November 2018

Best Money Software and Web Sites

Here's how to save more the next time you shop for household goods, buy auto insurance, purchase prescription drugs plus more.

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SLIDE SHOW
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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Tax Planning
October 2018

How Much Tax You Will Pay on Your Lottery Winnings

The federal government wants to take a bite of that big Mega Millions payout. Your state might, too.

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SLIDE SHOW
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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SLIDE SHOW
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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401(k)s
October 2018

Secrets of the 401(k) Millionaires

The bull market helped boost balances, but these workers also save more and avoid borrowing against their savings.

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Making Your Money Last
August 2018

How to Create Your Own Pension

With an immediate annuity, you could get a monthly paycheck for life.

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