Michelle Singletary, Washington Post

Michelle Singletary

Washington Post

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Recent articles by Michelle:

Millennials are racking up retirement savings in Roth IRAs

For Gen Y, the average balance in retirement accounts was $32,700, up from $24,200 a year ago. → Read More

Color of Money Live (Feb 13)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions. → Read More

Does my travel insurance cover coronavirus? Read the fine print.

Many travel insurance plans won’t cover losses caused by epidemics — so you’ve got to pay close attention, even with ‘cancel anytime’ policies → Read More

Debt vs. retirement: How to choose where to put your money

Saving for retirement is vital. But in some circumstances, it makes sense to kill off debt first. → Read More

Can’t pay the IRS what you owe in taxes? This is the one thing you should do.

Your first call should be to the IRS. Don’t fall prey to a scam, work out a payment plan. → Read More

Color of Money Live with guest Melody Thornton, CPA (Feb 6)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions. → Read More

People try to claim the darnedest tax deductions to reduce their bills

Dry cleaning, pet Chihuahuas, a Harley with high handle bars — none of these qualify as IRS deductions. → Read More

New rules for retirement plan RMDs just got even more confusing

Under the Secure Act, the age requirement for RMDs got bumped up from 70½ to 72. This rule change has some confused about when they need to take distributions. If you mess it up, there's a hefty penalty. → Read More

Tax code isn’t neutral on race, researchers find

The IRS doesn’t ask about race, but the 1040 has baked-in biases that worsen income and wealth inequalities. → Read More

Fans of Kobe Bryant are buying keepsakes in the wake of his death, prompting scammers to swindle them

Don’t rush to purchase commemorative clothing and memorabilia online, the Better Business Bureau warned, cautioning consumers to watch out for Bryant-related clickbait and “not let their mourning cloud their judgment.” → Read More

Start of tax season 2020 is prime time for scammers

Tax season spawns lots of scams. Here are some common ones to watch out for. → Read More

FICO credit score changes could punish people who struggle to manage debts

The new models are intended to help spot people in a financial crisis — before they take on more debt, and reward good borrowers → Read More

Color of Money Live: What you're doing with extra money and unconventional home-buying

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions. → Read More

A big tax refund is nothing to celebrate. Here’s why.

Tax season 2020 is starting. Let’s get some things straight about tax refunds. → Read More

Social Security needs a fix. Here’s how the 2020 presidential candidates would resolve the looming crisis.

Pay attention to the 2020 presidential candidates’ proposed changes to Social Security. The system needs reform to avoid shortfalls in the coming decades. → Read More

You can get free help on your tax return. Here are some options.

Check to see whether you qualify to get free help on your tax returns. → Read More

Color of Money Live with guest Aron Szapiro: Answering your Secure Act questions and getting ready for tax season

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions. → Read More

Your colleague is cheating on their taxes. Here’s how to tell the IRS.

If you know someone is not reporting income or falsely claiming deductions, there are ways to blow the whistle. → Read More

The Secure Act is exposing the ugly truth about people’s hatred of paying taxes

The new 10-year spend-down rule for inherited IRAs and defined contribution accounts such as 401(k)s is getting a lot of pushback from retirement savers. → Read More

Is college still worth it? Read this study.

The wealth premium for a college education is shrinking, especially for people of color. It’s something to think about before taking on student debt. → Read More