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A Child-Care Tax Break for Working Parents

[Question]My husband and I will be having our first baby this spring, and we'll be paying for child care after I return to work a few weeks later. Should I sign up for the dependent-care flexible spending account...

10 Things You Need to Know About Health...

Despite all of the attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare this year, the law still stands. If you buy health insurance on your own, you have six weeks starting November 1 to sign up for 2018 coverage on...

Charitable Giving Is a Family Affair

[Question]I'd like to set up a donor-advised fund so my family can contribute to charities as a group. Does one person have to control the fund, or can several family members donate to it and get a tax break for...

Raising Cash to Make Hurricane Damage Repairs

[Question]My house was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. I received an advance payment from my insurer for a few thousand dollars, but I need more money to start making repairs. What is the best way to come up with...

How to Report a Tax-Free Transfer From Your...

[Question]I have to take a $20,000 required minimum distribution from my Vanguard IRA this year. I'd like to give $5,000 tax-free to a charity and withdraw the remaining $15,000 for myself. A Vanguard rep said it...

You Can Contribute More to Your 401(k) in 2018

[Question]How much will I be able to contribute to my 401(k) and IRA in 2018? Also, are the income limits to be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA increasing? SEE ALSO: The Power of Boosting 401(k)...

4 Ways RMDs Are Different for 401(k)s and for IRAs

[QUESTION]Are there any differences in the RMD rules for 401(k)s and for IRAs?[ANSWER]The basic rules are similar: You generally must take required minimum distributions from traditional IRAs and 401(k)s every...

6 Ways to Prevent Water Damage This Winter

[QUESTION]What can I do to avoid water damage this winter? I know my policy doesn't cover flooding, but does it pay for other types of water damage claims?[ANSWER]Yes. Homeowners insurance covers water damage,...

Medicare Part D Beneficiaries May Pay Less for...

[QUESTION]What will be happening with the Medicare Part D doughnut hole in 2018? Will it continue to close?[ANSWER]The Medicare Part D doughnut hole -- the coverage gap in Medicare prescription-drug coverage in...

File the FAFSA Now for More Financial Aid in...

[QUESTION]My son is a senior in high school, and we'll be applying to colleges this fall. When can I hand in my federal financial aid application, and what information do I need to fill it out?[ANSWER]The...

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