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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
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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Making Your Money Last
August 2018

Make Your Money Last Through Retirement

Create a stream of income that will see you through retirement.

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Tax Prep & Filing
August 2018

New IRS "Shorter Form" Is Little Help

Most paper filers using the new 1040 will need to refer to supplemental schedules.

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Saving for Retirement
July 2018

Geneva, Ill.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health

It’s close to Chicago, sure, but this Illinois city works to set itself apart.

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Kiplinger Bookshelf
July 2018

Tax Breaks
July 2018

Some Self-Employed Taxpayers Get a Big Break Under New Law

The new tax law allows many self-employed workers to deduct up to 20% of qualified business income.

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Social Security
July 2018

Relax, Your Social Security Benefits Are Safe

But it's still important for you to pace your claiming strategy in order to get the most money you can.

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Financial Planning
June 2018

If You're 65 and Still Working, Avoid Pitfalls and Maximize Benefits

If you plan to delay retirement, watch out for these benefit traps.

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2018

33 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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Tax Tips
April 2018

Last-Minute Tax Tips for Procrastinators

As you rush to meet the filing deadline, don't overlook money-saving tax breaks. This could be your last year to claim some.

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Kip Tips
April 2018

What You Must Know About the Fiduciary Rule

Be sure your financial pro is looking out for your best interest.

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Financial Planning
April 2018

Find the Right Financial Advice at the Right Price

The best financial adviser for you should work to serve your unique needs.

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Financial Planning
April 2018

The Best Financial-Planning Options for Families Saving for Retirement and College

When you have competing priorities, you may need more assistance sorting through your financial picture.

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