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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
You and a spouse can contribute a total of $6,900 to an HSA in 2018, plus a catch-up contribution if you’re 55 or older. And thanks to a quirk in the law, an adult child covered under the family’s high-deductible health policy may also be able to contribute $6,900 to his or her own HSA.
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High earners using a "backdoor" strategy to open a Roth IRA can trigger taxes if they own other IRAs.
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Relatives can contribute to a child's 529 college-savings plan, and in many cases they can get a tax deduction on their gift.
If you end up unhappy with the Medicare Advantage plan you signed up for, you may be able to switch before next year's open enrollment.
The standard premium for Medicare Part B won't change next year, but some recipients will still end up paying more.
You may be able to postpone taking your first required distribution from an IRA until the following year, but that can trigger a bigger tax bill.
Retailers will add hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers for the holidays. How to find a job—and possibly turn it into a permanent position.
Members of the military have a lot of special financial challenges that most people don’t encounter. However, they have access to many special benefits, tax breaks and legal protections that can make ...
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Service members who joined armed forces in recent years must decide whether to stay in the military’s old retirement system or join the new one. Here’s how to choose the system that’s best for you.
Health savings accounts provide a triple tax break to consumers. Contribution limits are going up slightly in 2018, but so are deductibles for eligible policies.
New parents and those with pre-teens can save on taxes (for now) when paying for child care by signing up for an employer's dependent-care flexible spending account.
If you're signing up for Obamacare for 2018, you'll have less time to buy coverage for next year, but here's help finding the right policy more quickly.
Mopping up—and drying out—after the hurricanes was only the first challenge. Now the victims have to struggle through recovery.
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Whether or not you live in a high-risk area for flooding, you might consider getting the extra coverage.
In high-risk areas, you can face equally high costs for wind coverage. But a few smart home improvements can help you save money.