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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

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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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Financial Planning
April 2018

The Best Financial-Planning Options for Near-Retirees

The closer you get to retirement the more likely you are to need all the help you can get.

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Financial Planning
April 2018

The Best Financial-Planning Options for Single Savers

At this stage of life, a robo adviser with a low minimum asset requirement may be sufficient, but you might also consider a financial planner who charges a flat fee or by the hour for extra help with broader planning.

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April 2018

States With the Highest Sales Taxes

Before you embark on a shopping spree in any of the 10 worst states for sales taxes, make extra room in your budget. These states' sales tax rates are high, and local sales taxes can push the tab even ...

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March 2018

5 States With No State Sales Tax

There are 45 states plus the District of Columbia that impose a state sales tax on retirees and other residents. In addition, local sales tax is collected in 38 states. The combined levy can be hefty. ...

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March 2018

7 Ways to File Your Taxes Free

There are more ways than ever to prepare and e-file your tax return at no charge. Most of the major tax-software providers offer free versions of their products for taxpayers who file a Form 1040EZ, and ...

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Tax Tips
March 2018

Smart Moves for Your 2017 Tax Return

This is may be your last chance to claim some tax deductions. We help you make the most of them.

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March 2018

8 States with the Highest Income Tax Rates

If you’re looking to lower your tax bill in retirement, you’ll probably want to think hard before retiring to one of these eight states. California, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon ...

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March 2018

Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2017 Tax Return

Late last year, Congress passed legislation that will cut tax rates, limit or eliminate some popular deductions, and double the standard deduction. As a result of the changes, the percentage of taxpayers ...

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March 2018

9 States with No Income Tax

Many states exempt some retirement income, but if you retire to one of these nine states, you don’t have to do the math. Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington ...

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February 2018

37 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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February 2018

13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

Are Social Security benefits taxable? You better believe it. Uncle Sam taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income, and several states tack on a state tax of their own. Vermont, for one, ...

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February 2018

Tax Breaks for Middle Class Taxpayers

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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