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You Can Now Freeze -- and Unfreeze -- Your...

[Question]I remember reading a while back that everyone starting this fall will be able to freeze their credit report for free. Is this change effective now, and what do I need to do to get my free...

How Preexisting Conditions Can Affect Medigap...

[Question]Is it true that an insurance company can factor in preexisting conditions when deciding whether to offer you a medigap policy or when setting the premiums?[Answer]That's correct. Many people don't...

Key Documents You Need to Take With You in an...

[Question]In your last column, you talked about how to prepare for a hurricane, and you mentioned gathering key documents. What documents are those?[Answer]Many of them you likely already carry around with you....

How to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

[Question]I see that Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit the Southeast hard later this week. Is there anything I can still do to protect myself?QUIZ: Does Insurance Really Cover That? [ANSWER]It's not too...

How a Grandparent's Help With College Tuition...

[Question]I read your column about how you can avoid the gift tax limits by paying a grandchild's tuition directly to the college. But wouldn't this affect the student's eligibility for financial aid?[Answer]Yes,...

Two Key Estate-Planning Documents You Need

[Question]What's the difference between a health care proxy and a living will? Should I get both?[Answer]A health care proxy (also known as a health care power of attorney) lets you designate someone to make...

Paying IRA Investment Management Fees

Are the money-management fees I pay for my IRA still tax-deductible under the new tax law? - G.R., Darien, Conn.SEE ALSO: New Tax Plan: Planning for New Tax Rates, Tax Brackets and Deductions Investment...

How to Use Funds From Multiple FSAs

My husband is covered under my workplace health insurance, but both of our employers offer a flexible spending account. Can we contribute to each of our FSAs, and can he use money from both accounts to pay for...

Tax Strategies for Charitable Giving

Can I still get a tax break for donating to charity in 2018? I know the new tax law changed the rules. - T.W., Mountain City, Tenn. You still get a tax break for charitable donations if you itemize deductions on...

How to Help Pay a Grandchild's Tuition

I plan to pay my grandson's college tuition by making payments directly to the university. Are these payments subject to limits or gift taxes? - R.V., Waco, TexasSEE ALSO: Kiplinger's Best College...

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