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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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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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SLIDE SHOW
June 2019

Tax Plans: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Who will face President Trump in the 2020 election? So far, 24 Democrats have thrown their hat into the ring. However, now that the first round of Democratic primary debates is over, expect a few candidates ...

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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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SLIDE SHOW
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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Tax Tips
April 2019

Miss the Tax Deadline? What to Do If You Forgot to File Taxes

If you owe Uncle Sam money, filing your tax return late (or never) can come with costly complications.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2019

How the IRS Would 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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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

How You Might Be Cheating on Your Taxes

Whether we're pointing out frequently overlooked tax breaks, explaining how retirement income is taxed or providing tools that help you adjust your tax withholding, the editors here at Kiplinger want you ...

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Tax Tips
April 2019

Tax Day 2019: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

Federal income tax returns are due April 15 for most taxpayers. However, some people have a little extra time. Are you one of them?

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Tax Tips
April 2019

When Are 2019 Estimated Tax Payments Due?

If you're making estimated tax payments, pay close attention to the due dates. You could be penalized by the IRS if you miss a deadline.

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Tax Tips
April 2019

How to Get an Extension for Filing Your Tax Return

Can't file your tax return by April 15? Don't panic. It's easy to ask the IRS for more time.

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