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How to Switch Out of a Medicare Advantage Plan

[QUESTION]I signed up for a Medicare Advantage plan and started to use it, but I discovered that some of my doctors aren't included. Can I switch to another Medicare Advantage plan or switch back to traditional...

Deducting an IRA Contribution on Your Tax Return

[QUESTION]My son, who is 23 years old and single, contributed the maximum $18,000 to his Roth 401(k) at work in 2016. His employer matched $9,000. Can he also make a tax-deductible contribution to an IRA?TAKE OUR...

5 Ways You Can Still Boost Your Tax-Advantaged...

[QUESTION]Is it too late for me to contribute to my IRA and health savings account for 2016?SEE ALSO: FAQs About Health Savings Accounts [ANSWER]No, it's not too late. Even though you had to make 401(k)...

How to Get Your Tax Refund Sooner

[QUESTION]How soon can I file my taxes, and how long will it take to get my refund?[ANSWER]The IRS started accepting 2016 tax returns on January 24. You can file your return as soon as you receive your W-2s,...

How Home Buyers Can Tap an IRA Penalty Free

[QUESTION]My husband and I would like to help our son make a down payment on his first home, and we're thinking of tapping our IRAs, but we're not 59½ yet, so we're worried about incurring a penalty. What are...

Insurers No Longer Selling Long-Term-Care Policies

My long-term-care insurance company, John Hancock, is no longer selling new policies. What will happen to my coverage? --B.C., Arlington, Va.SEE ALSO: 10 Financial Decisions You'll Regret in Retirement John...

Qualifying for the Retirement Savers' Tax Credit

[QUESTION]I retired from my career a few years ago but still earn a little money working part-time at a golf course. I read your column about retirees who work part-time being able to contribute to a Roth IRA....

How Speeding Tickets Affect Your Car Insurance...

My 27-year-old daughter, who lives in Maryland, just received a speeding ticket. How much will her car insurance premiums increase, and for how long? --E.G., Parkville, Md.See Also: How to Verify That New-to-You...

Tax Deductions for Independent Contractors

[QUESTION]I retired from my job early in 2016 and then did some part-time consulting work for my old company. I was paid a few thousand dollars as an independent contractor. What tax forms do I need to file, and...

As the College Bills Approach, Ratchet Down...

[QUESTION]We started saving in a 529 plan for my daughter soon after she was born, putting the money in aggressive stock funds. Now she's a freshman in high school. How should we adjust our investments with...

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