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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.

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March 2019

March Madness: Tax Tips for Gambling Income and Losses

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament—better known, along with the women's tournament, as March Madness

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Tax Tips
March 2019

Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?

The IRS has $1.4 billion in refunds from 2015 waiting to be claimed. Is any of that money yours?

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March 2019

Kiplinger 2019 NFL Free Agency Tax Rankings

The NFL’s 2019 free-agency period is just about here! Hundreds of professional football players will be signing new contracts with new teams in the coming weeks and months. For many players, a new deal ...

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Tax Prep & Filing
February 2019

IRS Waives Penalties for Many Taxpayers Surprised by Under-Withholding

The underpayment penalty won’t apply if you paid at least 85% of your 2018 tax bill through withholding or estimated tax payments. Normally, 90% must be paid for the waiver.

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Tax Prep & Filing
February 2019

The One Simple Move Keeping Americans From Getting Bigger Tax Refunds This Year

Many taxpayers are worried about getting smaller tax refunds this year (or owing tax on April 15 for the first time). If that happens to you, it might be because your withholding was too low last year.

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February 2019

12 States That Won't Tax Your Retirement Income

You’ve worked hard all your life, and now you’re retired (or will soon retire). Unfortunately, there’s a pretty good chance that Uncle Sam is going to take a cut of your 401(k), traditional IRA or ...

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February 2019

States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raised the federal exemption from estate taxes to $11.2 million per person, or $22.4 million for a married couple, so the vast majority of taxpayers won't have to worry about ...

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February 2019

14 States That Won’t Tax Your Pension

Congratulations if you’re one of the lucky few who still have a traditional pension (a.k.a., a defined benefit plan). But once you’ve retired, remember that Uncle Sam generally taxes payments from ...

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February 2019

9 States Where You Can File Your State Tax Return After April 15

You probably already know that most Americans have to file their 2018 federal tax return by April 15, 2019 (as we told you earlier), but do you know when your state tax return is due? For most states ...

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Tax Breaks
November 2017

Where You Rank as a Taxpayer

Do the rich pay their fair share of taxes? How about you? Our handy tool will help you answer these questions.

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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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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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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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