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Rivan V. Stinson

Reporter
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Rivan joined Kiplinger on Leap Day 2016 as a reporter. A Michigan native, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 and from there freelanced as a local copy editor and proofreader, and served as a research assistant to a local Detroit journalist. Her work has been featured in the Ann Arbor Observer and Sage Business Researcher.

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Tax Planning
April 2019

How to Right Size Next Year’s Tax Return

Adjust your W-4 form to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you file your 2019 return.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2019

7 Free Programs for Filing Your Taxes

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 with straightforward returns ...

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Millennial Money
March 2019

Don’t Be Afraid to Do Your Own Taxes

Even if you have to pay for tax software, it’s cheaper than hiring a tax preparer.

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Technology
March 2019

America Lurches Toward a Cashless Future

Electronic payments are increasing, but a cashless economy has drawbacks.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2019

Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2018 Tax Return

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered tax rates, eliminated some popular tax deductions and nearly doubled the standard deduction, which will sharply reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize on their tax ...

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Travel
January 2019

Services to Speed TSA Security: What’s Worth It?

CLEAR uses biometrics to speed you through airport screening, but it’s pricey.

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Scams
January 2019

ID Thieves Exploit Snail Mail

A new mail tracking service provided by the United States Postal Service has a loophole that ID thieves can take advantage of.

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Mortgages & Refinancing
November 2018

Getting a Loan Could Get Easier

UltraFICO will benefit young people and retirees with limited credit history.

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401(k)s
August 2018

What Is a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan?

A 401(k) is a retirement plan sponsored by an employer that offers employees tax incentives to save money for retirement from their paychecks.

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Smart Buying
October 2018

Protect Your Online Purchases

Utilize free ship-to-store services or retail lockers to thwart porch pirates.

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Millennial Money
October 2018

Earn Extra Income With a Side Hustle

Many people choose a business that takes advantage of skills they’ve developed at a 9-to-5 job.

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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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Travel
October 2018

Online Travel Agencies Roll Out the Rewards

Travelers can score deep discounts or cash back on hotel rooms.

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Smart Buying
August 2018

Peer-to-Peer Payments Made Easier

These prepaid cards are linked to peer-to-peer accounts.

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Fund Watch
August 2018

Baron Global Advantage Bets Big on Tech

The managers for this large-company global stock fund scout for companies that invest aggressively for growth.

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Saving for Retirement
July 2018

Portland, Maine: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health

An old city bounded by water, Portland offers a small-town feel with big-city amenities, like Maine Medical Center.

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Kip Tips
July 2018

RVs for a Dollar a Day

Who says a dollar doesn’t go far? You can rent an RV for as little as a buck a day – and even get free gas.

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