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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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Tax Tips
March 2020

Will You Get a Bigger Stimulus Check If You File Your Tax Return Now?

It depends. You'll have to compare numbers from your 2018 and 2019 returns…but we have a tool that makes this much easier.

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Saving Money
March 2020

Your 2020 Stimulus Check: How Much? When? And Other Questions Answered

People have a lot of questions about the economic stimulus checks that will be mailed soon. We have answers.

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Tax Tips
March 2020

Will You Get a Bigger Stimulus Check by Waiting to File Your Tax Return?

Perhaps. Use our Stimulus Check Calculator to find out.

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Saving Money
March 2020

How Much Stimulus Check Money Will You Get?

That's the question on everyone's mind. However, there's not an across-the-board answer. Here's why.

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Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
April 2017

The RMD Solution to the Hassle of Filing Estimated Taxes in Retirement

If you don't need the money to live on, wait until December to take your RMD and ask the sponsor to withhold a big chunk for the IRS.

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Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
March 2019

The Deadline for Your First RMD Is April 1

Time is running out if you turned 70½ in 2019 and haven't yet withdrawn funds from your retirement account. (The IRS hasn't pushed back this deadline for the coronavirus crisis—yet.)

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Tax Tips
January 2020

Tax Day 2020: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

Thanks to the coronavirus, there's a new deadline for filing your 2019 federal income tax return.

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Saving Money
March 2020

Raise Your Hand If You're Waiting for a Coronavirus Stimulus Check

It's looking more and more like Americans will be getting coronavirus relief checks from Uncle Sam. But do you know how much you'll get and when you'll get it?

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Measures That Could Help You in 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is crushing the U.S. economy. The stock market is tanking (we're now in a bear market), businesses are closed, unemployment claims are spiking, consumer spending is ...

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Tax Tips
March 2020

Tax Credits Included in Coronavirus Paid Leave Law

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act creates tax credits to help employers required to provide sick and family leave benefits and self-employed people who can't work because of the coronavirus.

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Tax Tips
April 2018

Calculating Taxes on Social Security Benefits

Uncle Sam can tax up to 85% of your Social Security benefits if you have other sources of income, such as earnings from work or withdrawals from tax-deferred retirement accounts.

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Tax Tips
April 2019

How Long Should You Keep Tax Records?

Save your tax documents at least until the time limit for an audit runs out—and hold on to some records even longer.

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Tax Tips
April 2017

How to Handle an IRS Audit of Your Tax Return

Don't panic! Keys to success include being well prepared, establishing credibility right from the start, and keeping your wits about you.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

States That Don't Have State Sales Tax

Many people don't factor in sales taxes when they're looking at the tax-friendliness of different states. That's a mistake. Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia impose a sales tax. In addition, ...

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2019

Tax Tips for Gambling Winnings 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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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

States Without Income Tax

Everyone hates paying taxes. So why don't we all live in one of the nine states without an income tax? Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming don't ...

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Tax Tips
March 2020

Free Coronavirus Testing and Treatment Won't Affect HSA Deduction

Anyone with a high-deductible health plan that covers medical expenses related to COVID-19 before plan deductibles have been met can still contribute to a health savings account.

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