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Make Sure You Have Proof to Support Your...

[QUESTION]What records do I need to keep or receive from a charity to deduct my contributions when I file my 2017 taxes?[ANSWER]The records you need depend on the type and the size of the gift. It's important to...

New Tax Law Offers Added Incentive to Make...

[QUESTION]I heard that the new tax law changed some of the rules pertaining to charitable giving. Can I still make a tax-free transfer from my IRA to charity and have it count as my required minimum distribution?...

12 Smart Financial Moves for the New Year

January is the perfect time to make a few key financial moves that can help you throughout the year and make it easier to reach your goals. Here are a dozen steps to save money, take advantage of new financial...

Personal Finance Columnist Kim Lankford's Best...

The financial news has recently been dominated by the new tax law, but so many of the columns based on questions from readers throughout the year are still relevant and timely. Here are the nine most valuable...

Can Your Adult Child Contribute to a Health...

[Question]My son is 22 and works full-time, but he's still covered by our family health insurance policy. Can he contribute to a health savings account? - M.B., Woodstock, Conn.See Also: FAQs About Health Savings...

Will a Credit Freeze Boost Car Insurance Premiums?

[Question]I've heard that insurers use credit data to set premiums, but I froze my credit reports after the Equifax data breach. Will this affect my car insurance rates? -C.M., New York City[Answer]All states...

Talking to Older Parents About Their Plans for...

[Question]My siblings and I are going to be traveling home for the holidays to see our parents, and we'd like to start talking with them about what they want to do if they need care in the future. But that's a...

Smart Ways to Spend Down Your Flexible...

[Question]My employer changed our flexible spending account rules so we can now roll over $500 from one year to the next. Do I still have until March 15 to use the rest of the money, or do I have to use all but...

Charitable Giving Can Begin at Home with a...

[Question]My husband and I have a donor-advised fund, and we're going to make a big donation before the end of the year. I'd like to get my children and grandchildren involved in giving to charity. Is there a way...

How Much Are Those Old Baseball Cards Worth?

[Question]I was going through my old baseball card collection and wanted to give some of the more valuable cards to my nephew as a gift. What's been happening to the value of baseball cards, and which types tend...

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