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Rocky Mengle

Tax Editor

Rocky has more than 20 years of experience covering tax developments. He came to Kiplinger from Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and, before that, he worked for Kleinrock Publishing. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA in History from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

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May 2020

FAQs on Stimulus Payments by Prepaid Debit Card

You might be one of the nearly 4 million Americans who finds a debit card in their mailbox. If so, don't automatically think it's some sort of scam or junk mail. It might actually be the stimulus check ...

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February 2020

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for 2020

Between intensified Washington gridlock and election year politics, just a few months ago we were expecting 2020 to be a quiet year in terms of tax law changes. But, boy, were we ever wrong! The government ...

See More From: Tax Planning

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May 2020

Mid-Year Changes to Your Health Plan, FSA or HSA

You probably never heard of COVID-19 when you picked this year's health insurance policy at work. You couldn't have planned for the coronavirus pandemic when you signed up for a 2020 flexible spending ...

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March 2019

Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers

Owning a home is part of the American Dream. Whether you fancy a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, a suburban Cape Cod with a white picket fence, or a downtown condo in the sky, there's just something ...

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April 2020

Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans

With 24/7 COVID-19 coverage, it's sometimes hard to remember that this is an election year. But we'll be voting (by mail?) in less than six months. That means President Trump and Joe Biden don't have much ...

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Tax Tips
May 2020

The IRS is Now Taking Phone Calls About Stimulus Checks (But Service is Limited)

You can finally talk to an IRS representative on the phone if you have stimulus check questions.

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May 2020

HEROES Act Provisions That Could Become Law

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Even though there were tough negotiations, Republicans and Democrats in Washington were able to quickly pass the first few coronavirus economic stimulus bills. But ...

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May 2020

How a Second Stimulus Check Could Differ from Your First One

Here we go again! Congressional efforts to pass another economic stimulus package officially began when the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions ...

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Tax Tips
May 2020

Don't Miss Today's Stimulus Check Direct Deposit Deadline (Hint: You Have Until Noon)

The IRS set a deadline for getting stimulus check payments by direct deposit. If you don't act by noon today, you'll receive a paper check (which takes longer to arrive).

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Tax Tips
April 2020

Is a Second Round of Stimulus Checks for $2,000 Each Month in Our Future?

Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats are putting together the next stimulus package right now. They might include a proposal that has already been circulating in Congress to provide a second round of monthly stimulus checks.

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May 2020

10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check

Trying to keep track of all the what's, when's and why's about stimulus checks will make anyone's head spin. This is especially true for Social Security recipients, who have had to deal with the IRS's ...

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Tax Tips
April 2020

Where's My Stimulus Check? Use the IRS's "Get My Payment" Portal to Get an Answer

The IRS has a stimulus check portal that lets you track the status of your payment. You can also enter your bank account information to get your payment by direct deposit (but you need to act quickly).

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Tax Tips
May 2020

Where's My Paper Stimulus Check? Some People May Have to Wait Until September

The IRS is reportedly sending out 5 million paper checks per week. At that pace, some checks might not arrive for months.

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April 2020

Who is Not Getting a Stimulus Check

Millions of Americans have already received a stimulus payment (either by direct deposit or paper check). But if nothing shows up in your bank account or mailbox, it might be because you're not eligible ...

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May 2020

Economic Aid for Millennials

The coronavirus pandemic is killing our economy, and millennials are being hit particularly hard. Financially speaking, the generation is one of the most vulnerable groups, because they haven't had as ...

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Tax Tips
May 2020

What to Do If You Get a Stimulus Check for a Dead Person

The IRS now has specific guidance on what to do if you receive a stimulus check for a deceased person.

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Tax Tips
May 2020

Do People in Jail Get a Stimulus Check?

The IRS released guidance on what people incarcerated in jail or prison should do if they receive a stimulus check.

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