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When Will I Get My Tax Refund From the IRS?

Yes, you can file your 2015 tax return now. You should have received the forms you need--your W-2s and 1099s--by the end of January. The tax-filing deadline is April 18, 2016, but it's a good idea to file as soon...

How Long It Takes to Get Your Tax Refund

Yes, you can file your 2015 tax return now. You should have received the forms you need--your W-2s and 1099s--by the end of January. The tax-filing deadline is April 18, 2016, but it's a good idea to file as soon...

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2016

How much can I contribute to my IRA and 401(k) in 2016? Are the income limits for Roth IRAs going to increase? The contribution amount will not increase in 2016 because the increase in the cost-of-living index...

Taking Your First Required Retirement Distribution

I turn 70½ this year and am calculating the required minimum distributions I need to take. I plan to take withdrawals from my 401(k) account and my IRA in the next few months. Will those automatically be...

Good Reasons to Switch to a New Obamacare...

I bought a health insurance plan on the exchange for 2016 and have already started to use it, but I'd like to find a plan with better prescription-drug coverage. Since open enrollment for Obamacare health...

New Rules for Tax-Free Spending From Your 529...

I hear there are new rules about using 529 money tax-free for computers. What are the rules, and what other expenses are fair game for using 529 money tax-free? What records do I need to keep?Take Our Quiz: The...

Get a Tax Deduction for All That Snow Shoveling

I run a small business out of my home, where I occasionally meet with clients and often receive deliveries. Every time it snows, I pay $20 to the kid next door to shovel -- and this weekend's blizzard will...

9 Personal Finance To-Dos for 2016

Now that it's the beginning of the year, what should I be doing to improve my personal finances? See Also: 7 Most Valuable Personal Finance Lessons of 2015 1. Max out your retirement savings. The new year brings...

Protection for Fixed Annuities

I'm thinking about buying a fixed annuity, but I'm worried that the company might go under at some point and I'll lose my investment. What protections do I have? --J.S., Portland, Ore.See Also: New Annuity...

7 Important Financial Moves If You Turn 65 in 2016

I'm going to be turning 65 in 2016. What financial decisions do I need to make this year? Age 65 is a key time to take advantage of special savings opportunities, make important decisions about Medicare and...

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