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How Working in Retirement Affects Social...

[QUESTION]I retired two years ago and started taking Social Security benefits at age 62. I'm 64 now, and I've just been offered a part-time job at my local library. How much can I earn before it lowers my Social...

Making Charitable Donations From Your...

[QUESTION]I know you can give your required minimum distribution from an IRA to charity tax-free. Can you also give your RMD from a 401(k) to charity?[ANSWER]No, the tax-free transfer of your RMD to charity only...

How Much Will You Spend on Health Care in...

[QUESTION]I thought most of my health care costs would be covered by Medicare after I turn 65, but it looks like I'll still have to pay quite a bit myself. How much can I expect to pay for health care in...

Helping Victims of Hurricane Irma

Q: How can I help victims of Hurricane Irma?A: When Irma blew through the Southeast, causing major destruction in parts of Florida and the Caribbean, much of the country was still focusing on the flooding in...

After a Hurricane, Beware Flooded Cars for Sale

[QUESTION]I've heard that after a major flood consumers need to be careful not to buy cars with undisclosed flood damage. Are there any resources or advice on how to find out whether a used vehicle has storm...

Give Your 401(k) a Midyear Checkup

[QUESTION]I've been contributing to my 401(k), and my employer matches a portion of my contributions. Does the $18,000 maximum for contributions include the employer match, or does it apply only to my individual...

How to Find a Home's Claims History

[QUESTION]I'm buying a house and heard I should get the CLUE report. What is it, and how do I get it? --N.S., Sioux City, IowaSee Also: 8 Things Home Buyers Will Hate About Your House [ANSWER]The Comprehensive...

What to Do After Inheriting an IRA

[QUESTION]My mother just passed away at the age of 60. She has $110,000 in a traditional IRA, and my sister and I are the beneficiaries. The bank said it will have to open an IRA account for each of us and then...

Donating to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

[QUESTION]I'd like to help a charity that supports Hurricane Harvey victims. What's the best way to give?[ANSWER]There are many opportunities to support disaster-recovery efforts and help people whose lives have...

Marriage and Roth IRA Contributions

[QUESTION]I'm getting married next month, and when we add up my income and my wife's, we'll earn more than the limit to contribute to a Roth IRA. But I'm below the income limit now, so can I contribute to a Roth...

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