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What to Do With a 529 Plan When a Child...

[Question]I contributed to a 529 plan for my young son, who a few years later was diagnosed with autism and now may not attend college. Can I use the money for anything else without incurring a tax or penalty? I...

Your New Flood Insurance Options

[Question]Now that it's hurricane season, I've been thinking about buying flood insurance. I hear that there's a 30-day waiting period to get coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program. Are there any...

How Couples Can Share Long-Term-Care Benefits

[Question]How does a shared-benefit rider for long-term-care insurance work? Does it cost more than regular coverage?SEE ALSO: Retirement Planning Mistakes You'll Regret Forever [Answer]One of the big unknowns...

Tax Credits for College Costs

[Question]My daughter will be starting college this fall. Can we get a tax break for paying for college?[Answer]You may get a tax credit for paying her college tuition, depending on your income. SEE ALSO: Health...

Help with Tracking IRA Contributions

[Question]I received Form 5498 in the mail a few weeks ago from the brokerage firm where I have my traditional IRA. It shows the IRA contribution I made for last year, but it came after I filed my taxes, so I was...

Don't Sweat Small Changes in Your Credit Scores

[Question]Recently my credit score dropped from "exceptional" to "very good." I put a security freeze on all of my credit reports, and I closed out an auto loan around the same time. Did either of those actions...

Health Insurance for College Students

[Question]My son is about to graduate from high school and will be living at home until he moves away in late summer for college. Can he just stay on my health insurance policy when he's in college?[Answer]Health...

Free Credit Report Freezes

[Question]I'd like to freeze my credit record to protect against identity theft. I heard that Congress recently passed a law making credit freezes free. When can I get my free freeze?[Answer]Congress just passed...

Creating a Memorial Through a Scholarship

[Question] My family would like to establish an engineering scholarship in memory of my late uncle, who was an engineer and a veteran of World War II. How do we set up a scholarship, and how much do we need to...

Withholding Taxes From Social Security

[Question]I'm about to sign up for Social Security. Do I need to also sign up to have taxes withheld from my benefits?[Answer]You aren't required to have taxes withheld from your Social Security benefits, but...

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