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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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August 2019

Tips on How and When to File an Amended Tax Return

It's well past April 15. So, unless you applied for an extension, the stress and frustration of filing your federal tax return should be a distant memory by now. But what if you suddenly realize there's ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
August 2019

IRS Automatically Waives Withholding and Estimated Tax Penalty for Thousands of Taxpayers

This new round of penalty relief applies to anyone who was eligible for, but didn't claim, previously offered assistance.

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August 2019

Florida Cities and Towns Ranked for Local Taxes

A lot of people, especially retirees, are moving to Florida for the sun, sand, affordable housing…and the lack of an income tax. But don't think for a second that no state income tax means no taxes at ...

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July 2019

Things to Know to Get Into a Service Academy

Each year, Kiplinger ranks the U.S. colleges and universities that provide the best value. Even though the military service academies—West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
July 2019

Want to Know How Complicated Our Tax System Is? Check Out the IRS's "Taxpayer Roadmap"

The roadmap, which looks like a subway map, makes navigating the tax system as clear as mud.

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July 2019

How the SECURE Act Could Impact Retirement Savings

With the decline of traditional pensions, most of us are now responsible for squirrelling away money for our own retirement. In today's do-it-yourself retirement savings world, we rely largely on 401(k) ...

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July 2019

How the IRS Will Be More Taxpayer-Friendly

Let's face it…the IRS isn't the most popular government agency out there. It's not just that they take your money. They also have a (undeserved?) reputation for tough stances on deductions and credits, ...

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Tax Tips
June 2019

Taxes on Fireworks: Is Your State a Dud?

A handful of states impose special excise taxes on the sale of consumer fireworks.

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June 2019

Tax Plans: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Who will face President Trump in the 2020 election? Right now, 22 Democrats are in the race, but we've already seen a few candidates drop out. As the battle continues, more candidates will give up or fade ...

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Tax Tips
June 2019

How Much Tax Will James Holzhauer Pay on His 'Jeopardy!' Winnings?

The IRS and California will take about 46% of the game-show star's winnings.

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Tax Tips
May 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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May 2019

States With a Marriage Penalty in Their Tax Brackets

Of course, you marry for love...but the financial benefits of marriage are nice, too. Whether you're a newlywed or you've reached your golden anniversary, there are a number of money-saving advantages ...

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Tax Tips
May 2019

Want a Bigger Tax Refund Next Year? Check Your Withholding!

The number of withholding allowances you claim on your W-4 form can affect the size of your next tax refund. Start with our new withholding calculator.

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Tax Tips
May 2019

IRS Form W-4: How Many Allowances Should I Claim?

The answer to this question will affect both your paycheck and next year's tax refund, so it's important to get this tricky number and your withholding right.

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May 2019

Tax Tips for Gambling Income and Losses

The American gaming industry is booming. New casinos and sports betting parlors are popping up across the country, Las Vegas is thriving, lotteries are popular and online gambling is big. There are certainly ...

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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
April 2019

How Long Should You Keep Tax Records?

Hold onto your tax documents at least until the time limit for an audit runs out—and keep some records even longer.

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