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Kim Lankford answers your questions about managing money -- specifically, insurance and taxes -- twice a week.

May 25, 2018

Creating a Memorial Through a Scholarship

With the help of a college or community foundation, you can establish a scholarship in the name of a loved one that will help students in perpetuity.

See More On: Paying for College | Estate Planning

May 25, 2018

Free Credit Report Freezes

A new federal law will soon allow everyone to freeze -- and thaw -- their credit report free. A freeze can deter identity theft.

See More On: Credit Cards

May 16, 2018

Withholding Taxes From Social Security

Older taxpayers can avoid a big bill at tax time or a penalty for underpaying taxes by having the government withhold taxes from their Social Security benefits.

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May 11, 2018

Taxes When Using the Back Door Into a Roth IRA

The new tax law still allows high earners to contribute indirectly to a Roth IRA. But the tax bill for doing so will depend partly on whether they have other money in a traditional IRA.

See More On: Roth IRAs | IRAs | Saving for Retirement

May 9, 2018

How a Grandparent's 529 Account Affects College Financial Aid

Distributions from a grandparent-owned 529 savings plan could reduce a grandchild's financial aid. But using one of these strategies can limit the impact.

See More On: 529 Plans | Paying for College | Student Loans

May 9, 2018

Should You File a Small Auto Insurance Claim?

You could pay more in extra premiums than you receive from your insurer for the claim.

See More On: Auto Insurance | Family Finances

May 9, 2018

How to Bequeath a Health Savings Account

It's important to name a beneficiary on the account.

See More On: Estate Planning | Health Care & Insurance

May 9, 2018

Can My Teen Contribute to a Roth IRA?

Why it's never too early to start saving for retirement.

See More On: Roth IRAs | IRAs

May 4, 2018

How to Calculate Tax-Free and Taxable IRA Withdrawals

If you haven't filed Form 8606 with the IRS to track your nondeductible IRA contributions over the years, it will take a bit of detective work.

See More On: IRAs | Saving for Retirement | Tax Planning

May 1, 2018

How to Search for Old Savings Bonds

If you lost track of U.S. savings bonds purchased decades ago for you when you were a child, the Treasury Department can help you find them.

See More On: Saving Money | Banking | Family Finances

May 1, 2018

IRS Revises HSA Contribution Limit for 2018 -- Again

The maximum contribution families can make to health savings accounts for 2018 is $6,900, after the IRS reversed its March decision to lower the limit by $50.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance | Employee Benefits | Family Finances

April 25, 2018

Tapping an IRA for Charity

Donating by transferring money directly from an IRA to charity can lower your tax bill whether you file an itemized tax return or not.

See More On: Tax Planning

April 20, 2018

How Your Home Sale Will Be Taxed

Singles don't have to pay taxes on up to $250,000 in profits on the sale of their home, and couples can shelter twice that amount from taxes. But even if the gain is much higher, there are ways for home sellers to minimize the tax bite.

See More On: Tax Planning

April 17, 2018

Shopping for a 529 Plan for a Grandchild

When searching for a 529 college-savings plan for a grandchild, first check whether your state offers a tax break for your contributions.

See More On: 529 Plans

April 12, 2018

5 Last-Minute Ways to Cut Your Tax Bill

The tax deadline is just days away, but you still have time to reduce your tax bill or help a young worker get a jump-start on saving for retirement if you contribute to these five tax-friendly accounts.

See More On: Tax Planning | Tax Breaks | Tax Prep & Filing

April 11, 2018

Calculating Taxes on Social Security Benefits

As much as 85% of your Social Security benefits could be taxable if you have other sources of income, such as earnings from work or withdrawals from tax-deferred retirement accounts.

See More On: Social Security | Tax Planning

April 9, 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a Health Savings Account?

Even if you have a qualified health insurance policy only for a few months out of the year, you can still make a tax-deductible contribution to a health savings account.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

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