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Sandra Block

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
January 2018

The Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.

Depending on where you live, state income taxes and property taxes could cost you thousands of dollars every year. High sales taxes or gas taxes could slowly drain your funds every time you pull out your ...

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Careers
December 2017

How to Make Your Encore Career Count

Your second act can give you a chance to use your talents and expertise for good.

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Tax Planning
January 2018

3 Worst States for Taxes on Retirees

High income taxes, sales taxes and taxes on Social Security and other retirement income make states such as Connecticut, Kansas and Minnesota especially tax-unfriendly for retirees.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2018

26 Ways the GOP's Tax Reform Will Affect Your Wallet

The new year starts with a new tax law affecting every taxpayer in the land. Now that a jubilant President Trump has signed the massive tax overhaul into law, it’s time for the number crunching to move ...

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Tax Planning
January 2018

3 Best States for Taxes on Retirees

No state income tax including no taxes on Social Security benefits help place Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming among the best places to retire in the U.S. in 2018.

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Social Security
December 2017

37 States That Won't Tax Your Social Security Benefits

Only 13 states will levy taxes on your monthly Social Security checks.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2017

House, Senate Tax Plans: How They Will Affect You

To paraphrase President Trump’s comment earlier this year about health care reform: Who knew tax reform could be so difficult? Last-minute glitches and furious horse trading added real drama to the ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2017

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2017

These 10 states impose the highest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s 2017 analysis of state taxes. One treats Social Security benefits just like Uncle Sam—taxing up to 85% of your benefits. ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2017

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2017

These 10 states impose the lowest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s 2017 analysis of state taxes. All of them exempt Social Security benefits from state taxes. Most exempt at least a portion ...

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Family Finances
November 2017

Make the Most of Your Donor Dollars

After a series of disasters, demand is intense. Here's how to give wisely.

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Tax Tips
November 2017

Smart Year-End Moves to Trim Your 2017 Tax Bill

Some of these year-end moves will be even more compelling if lower rates arrive in 2018.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2017

The States With the Scariest Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy. In 2017, as much as $5.49 million in assets is exempt from federal estate taxes—double that for a married couple. In 2018, ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2017

The Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.

While the unemployment rate has hovered below 5% since mid-2016, wages have remained relatively flat, with average salary increases expected to increase just 3% in 2018. For many workers, the only way ...

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Caregiving
October 2017

How to Provide Financial Help to Aging Parents

When it’s time to step in, avoid the stumbling blocks with these strategies.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2017

12 Ways to Generate Income in Retirement

When it comes to saving for retirement, maybe you've done everything right. You started early, maxed out your 401(k) plan, invested in a diversified portfolio and avoided costly mistakes, such as cashing ...

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Tax Tips
August 2017

How Much Tax You Will Pay on Your Lottery Winnings

The federal government wants to take a bite of that big Powerball payout. Your state might, too.

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Family Finances
August 2017

How to Track Down Your Forgotten Cash

States and government agencies are holding $40 billion. Is some of it yours?

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