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Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Senior associate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Proud West Virginian. I read a lot of books.

Retirement: How to help the grandkids pay for college - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — Anyone old enough to have grandchildren remembers when it was possible to earn enough money from summer and part-time jobs to cover college tuition. Now unless your grandchildren create the next Snapchat, that's probably not going to be an option for them. The most effective way to help your grandkids is to invest in a 529 college-savings plan.

Kiplinger: You can claim Social Security benefits if you're divorced - Tulsa World: Money Power

Retirement: claiming Social Security if you're single or widowed - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — If you're single, you have fewer options than your married friends. But you can still take steps to increase your lifetime benefits. Single retirees who never married don't need to concern themselves with survivor benefits. That gives single beneficiaries a less compelling reason to postpone claiming benefits after full retirement age.

Family finances: Can high earners contribute to a Roth IRA? - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — The law blocks Roth IRA contributions for singles whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $131,000 in 2015 and for married couples whose MAGI exceeds $193,000. But there are ways to trim MAGI (for most taxpayers, MAGI and AGI are the same).

Retirement: when you should apply for Social Security - Tulsa World: Money Power

tulsaworld.com — Figuring out when to apply for Social Security isn't as complicated as unraveling the human genome. It just seems that way.

Fresh Approaches to Student Debt

kiplinger.com — Over the past year, I've been helping to counsel an acquaintance-I'll call her Debbie-who has been trying to escape from student-loan hell. Back in the late 1980s, Debbie borrowed money to go to a four-year college. After struggling with her grades and being put on academic probation, she switched to a community college.

Least tax-friendly states for retirees

finance.yahoo.com — These states impose the highest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger's 2014 analysis of state taxes. Five of them treat Social Security benefits just like Uncle Sam--taxing up to 85%. Exemptions for other types of retirement income are limited or nonexistent. (To see how retirement income is taxed by state, go to the Retiree Tax Map.)

Retirement: Should I invest in a deferred-income annuity? - Tulsa World: Business

tulsaworld.com — Deferred-income annuities, also known as longevity annuities, provide a guaranteed source of income when you reach a certain age.

Retirement: the fine print on CCRCs - Tulsa World: Money Power

10 least tax-friendly states in the U.S.

finance.yahoo.com — Considering a move to another state? Not so fast. Be sure to weigh state taxes when calculating the difference in cost of living. Here is our updated 2014 list of the ten least tax-friendly states. Our choices remain the same as last year. Almost all these states levy property taxes well above the national median of $1,324.
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May 26, 2015

IRS says thieves used agency's transcript service to steal information from 100K taxpayers. ow.ly/NsE3Y

May 26, 2015

@Slate calculator estimates how much $$$ you'd have if you invested money you spent on your wedding. ow.ly/NrDJ6

May 26, 2015

It looks like the battle over B.B. King's estate is going to get ugly really fast. ow.ly/NrqLh

May 26, 2015

Win a "free" lunch or dinner with a political candidate? Prepare to pay a hefty tax bill. ow.ly/NrpsS

May 26, 2015

Just back from Vancouver Island, which is beautiful and thanks to the strong dollar, a bargain. ow.ly/Nr29V

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