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David Muhlbaum

Senior Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Muhlbaum made the leap from print to electronic journalism in 1995 after a stint at Dow Jones Newswires taught him about working in real time. He moved to America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting and taxes. He also writes about cars and car maintenance, for which his degree in American literature from Middlebury College qualifies him not one bit.

Latest Features

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October 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2019

This year's tax filing season was more nerve racking than most. It was the first time we had to deal with all the federal tax code changes made by the 2017 tax reform law. U.S. tax rates were lowered, ...

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October 2019

10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. 2019

The economy is looking better for workers these days. Unemployment rates are low, job growth is strong and wages are increasing. Still, to get a better job, you sometimes have to pack your bags and move ...

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October 2019

States That Don't Have State Sales Tax

Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia impose a sales tax to raise revenue. In addition, local sales tax is collected in 38 states. The combined levy can be hefty. In Tennessee, for example, the ...

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April 2019

10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

Fortunately for drivers, the federal government’s gas tax hasn’t budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. However, every state and the District of Columbia add their own taxes, too, ranging from ...

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August 2019

Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History

Mother Nature has certainly wreaked havoc over the years. Storms, floods, drought and fire have taken a toll, both in lives lost and property damaged. 2019 has been a fairly quiet year – so far. Much ...

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QUIZ
January 2015

Car Insurance: Are You Covered?

Auto insurance comes in many forms: liability coverage, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, gap insurance and more. Do you know the protections each provide for you and your car? Take our eigh...

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June 2019

The Safest Used Cars for $20,000 or Less

Shopping for a used car? Want it to be as safe as possible? Here's the hitch: The absolute safest vehicle is almost always a brand-new model. Each year, the latest cars boast more-effective active safety ...

See More From: Buying & Leasing a Car

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June 2019

The Safest Cars Under $30,000 or Less

You want to put yourself (and your loved ones) in the safest vehicle possible, right? Here’s the hitch: The absolute safest vehicle is almost always a brand-new model, which may cost more than you can ...

See More From: Buying & Leasing a Car

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May 2019

7 Car-Care Myths That Need to Die

Your Great-Uncle Frank may have gotten 150,000 miles out of his Studebaker, but the advice he handed down is probably out of date. There are many sayings and shibboleths to watch out for if you want your ...

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Drive Time
May 2019

New-Car Shopping for the Introvert: Still a Hassle

For new-car shoppers, the quest to find a fair, fixed price and complete the transaction online remains elusive.

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April 2019

10 Secrets of the Millionaires Next Door

We all know somebody like Mitch, your mass-transit-riding, brown-bagging coworker who has toiled in accounting for as long as you can remember. Did you know he owns a vacation house at the beach? Or the ...

See More From: Saving for Retirement

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March 2019

Ways YouTube Can Save You Money on DIY Projects

Online videos can walk even the most fumble-fingered among us through routine tasks, from fixing a leak to mending a garment. With a hint of bravery and your smartphone at your side, there’s plenty of ...

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March 2019

11 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don't)

Funny thing about our federal system of government: There’s that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there’s an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted ...

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February 2019

10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

If you believe that tax breaks are reserved for hedge fund managers and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS. Lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives ...

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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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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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Drive Time
January 2019

Teenagers Can Be a Pain (to Insure)

A number of insurers offer discounts for good grades or completing a defensive driving course, but the price of covering teens remains high.

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