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Rocky Mengle

Tax Editor

Mengle 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.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
January 2019

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

Retirees relocate for lots of different reasons, from the weather to proximity to grandchildren. Moving from a pricey part of the country to one with low housing prices could also lower your expenses and ...

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Tax Tips
January 2019

Will the Government Shutdown Delay My Tax Refund?

Despite the shutdown, the IRS says it will provide refunds to taxpayers without delay. We’re not so sure.

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Tax Tips
January 2019

Are Estimated Taxes Still Due Despite the Government Shutdown?

Don’t think you can skip your January 15, 2019 estimated tax payment, for 2018’s fourth quarter, just because IRS employees are furloughed.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2019

Which Baseball Team Should Manny Machado and Bryce Harper Sign With – If They Care About Taxes?

We’re still in the middle of baseball’s hot stove season – the sport’s offseason, when franchises juggle their rosters via trades and free-agent signings. There are dozens of free agents looking ...

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Tax Tips
January 2019

When Is the Earliest You Can File Your Tax Return in 2019?

Like to file your taxes early? Good news: The IRS will begin processing 2018 tax returns on time, despite the government shutdown.

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Tax Tips
January 2019

Tax Day 2019: When Is the Last Day to File Taxes?

Most taxpayers must file federal income tax returns by April 15. However, there are some exceptions to the familiar tax filing deadline.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2019

Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Newly Divorced

If you’re recently divorced, add your tax situation to the long list of complications you need to deal with. For starters, if you haven’t already done so, you need to file a new W-4 form with your ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
January 2019

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2018?

Many taxpayers will be in a lower tax bracket when they file their 2018 tax return. However, the marriage penalty could still burn high-income couples.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2018

10 Ways the IRS Could 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 ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2018

Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees

Because federal tax law reaches deep into all aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that the rules that affect us change as our lives change. This can present opportunities to save or create costly ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2018

Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions for the Self-Employed

You finally did it! You quit your old job and ventured out on your own. But, as you know, hanging out a shingle can be scary. The success of your business is in your hands when you’re self-employed, ...

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QUIZ
March 2017

Tax Deductions: Can You Tell If These Are Legit?

If trying to keep track of all the new federal tax law changes makes your head spin, you’re certainly not alone. Many popular deductions were repealed or scaled back. On the other hand, a lot of ...

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Tax Planning
November 2018

Bitcoin Tax Payments Allowed in Ohio

Businesses can use bitcoin to pay 23 separate taxes in the state.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2018

These 10 states impose the highest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s 2018 analysis of state taxes. One treats Social Security benefits just like Uncle Sam does—taxing up to 85% of your benefits. ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2018

These 10 states impose the lowest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s 2018 analysis of state taxes. All of them exempt Social Security benefits from state taxes. Most exempt at least a portion ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks and Deductions

Yes, tax reform eliminated or pared back a lot of popular write-offs. It’s also true that many more people will now take the standard deduction instead of itemizing. But there are still plenty of hidden ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

States With Tax Proposals on the Ballot in 2018

Note: We have updated this slide show with results. See the top of each state to learn whether the measures were approved or rejected. Ballot initiatives are one of the purest forms of democracy. Citizens ...

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