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Know the Benefits of a Roth 401(k)

[Question]My company is starting to offer a Roth 401(k). I'm 56 years old, and most of my savings is in a traditional 401(k). Does it make sense to contribute to the Roth? - G.K., St. Peters, Mo.[Answer]The key...

How to Opt Out of Credit Card Offers

[Question]I recently received a credit card offer in the mail that listed a web address where I can request to opt out of all prescreened credit card solicitations. Is this legitimate? - R.L., Falls Church, Va...

Child-Care Tax Breaks for Working Parents

[Question]I used my dependent care flexible spending account at work to pay $5,000 of my children's day-care expenses. But with two kids under age 5, our total child-care bills in 2018 were much more than that....

Tax Forms You Need to File Your Return

[Question]What tax forms should I be receiving before tax-filing season, and when should I expect to get them?[Answer]Your employer should be sending your Form W-2 to you by the end of January. In the next few...

How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Medicare?

[Question]Does the government shutdown affect Medicare enrollment, claims or support?[Answer]No. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been funded through September 30, 2019, and its programs...

Switching to a New Medicare Advantage Plan...

[QUESTION]I switched to a different Medicare Advantage plan for 2019 because the premiums were lower than my previous plan. But I found that some of the doctors and hospitals I want to use aren't covered by the...

Using a Health Savings Account to Pay...

[QUESTION]Can I take out money tax-free from my health savings account to pay my long-term-care insurance premiums? If so, how much is tax-free?SEE ALSO: 10 Myths About Health Savings Accounts [ANSWER]Yes, you...

Should You Buy Renters' Insurance Through a...

[QUESTION]I'm about to rent an apartment, and my landlord is offering renters' insurance along with my lease. Is this a good deal? - R.M., CincinnatiSee Also: 10 Surprising Things Insurance Covers [ANSWER]Not...

Recouping Social Security Benefits

[QUESTION]I started taking Social Security at 62, but my benefits were reduced two years later when I started working again. Do I ever get those benefits back? - K.M., AtlantaSee Also: Do You Know the Best Social...

When to Use Virtual Doctors' Visits

[QUESTION]My health plan is offering telemedicine this year. When and why should I use this service? - J.B., ChicagoSee Also: 50 Ways to Save on Health Care [ANSWER]Telemedicine, which offers basic health care...

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