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Rocky Mengle

Tax Editor

Rocky has more than 20 years of experience covering tax developments. He came to Kiplinger from Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and, before that, he worked for Kleinrock Publishing. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA in History from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

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November 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees, 2019

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 be ...

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November 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

Whether you plan to retire at the beach, near the mountains or to some other dream destination, make sure you check out the local tax situation before packing your bags. If you don't, you might be unpleasantly ...

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November 2019

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

If you're thinking of moving to a different state in retirement, you'll want to consider climate, proximity to family and friends, access to quality health care, and a host of other important factors before ...

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November 2019

Best States for Low Taxes: 50 States Ranked for Taxes, 2019

No two states are alike when it comes to taxes. They all have their own rules, rates and special tax breaks. As a result, your overall state and local tax burden in one state can be thousands of dollars ...

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November 2019

Two Tax Breaks Trump Will Get by Moving from New York to Florida

President Trump isn't the only rich guy out there trying to slash his state and local tax bill by declaring a change of residency from New York to Florida. Thousands of other wealthy New Yorkers have tried ...

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Tax Tips
November 2019

Year-End Tax Tip: Max Out Your 401(k) Plan Contributions

You can still save more for retirement if you haven't reached the 2019 contribution limit yet.

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Tax Tips
November 2019

Year-End Tax Tip: Check the Withholding from Your Wages

If you've had too much or too little tax withheld from your paychecks, there's still time to submit a new Form W-4 to have your withholding adjusted for the rest of the year.

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Making Your Money Last
October 2019

State Taxes on Retirees Differ by Types of Retirement Income

Where you retire can have a big impact on your tax bills for Social Security, pensions, IRAs, 401(k)s and other income.

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October 2019

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Most people shouldn't be afraid of federal "death taxes." For 2019, only estates worth $11.4 million or more ($22.8 million or more for a married couple) are slashed by federal estate taxes, and only a ...

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October 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2019

This year's tax filing season was more nerve racking than most. It was the first time we had to deal with all the federal tax code changes made by the 2017 tax reform law. U.S. tax rates were lowered, ...

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October 2019

10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2019

The economy is looking better for workers these days. Unemployment rates are low, job growth is strong and wages are increasing. Still, to get a better job, you sometimes have to pack your bags and move ...

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Tax Tips
September 2019

Health Savings Account Limits for 2020

Annually adjusted contribution limits and other requirements must be met if you're covering health care costs with an HSA in 2020.

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Tax Prep & Filing
April 2019

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2019 vs. 2018?

If you're already looking ahead to April 15, 2020, here are the income tax brackets for the 2019 tax year. And thanks to "chained" indexing, some taxpayers might end up in a higher bracket.

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Tax Tips
September 2019

Tax Relief for Hurricane Dorian Victims

Deductions for lost or damaged property, filing and payment extensions, and fee waivers can help taxpayers impacted by the storm.

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Tax Tips
September 2019

Deduct Expenses for Long-Term Care on Your Tax Return

The IRS allows some limited tax breaks on medical expenses and insurance premiums related to long-term care.

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September 2019

Arizona Cities and Towns Ranked for Taxes

Arizona is a hot destination for retirees and other people looking to relocate—and I'm not talking about the weather. From July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, more than 83,000 people moved to Arizona from ...

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June 2019

Tax Plans: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Who will face President Trump in the 2020 election? Right now, 17 Democrats are in the race, but we've already seen several candidates drop out. As the battle continues, more candidates will give up or ...

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