Karla Bowsher

Before becoming managing editor of Money Talks News, I covered both personal and public finance.

I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as a nonprofit investigative publication. I’ve won state and national awards for my investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and multiple state press associations.

Before journalism, I worked in health care for the better part of a decade.

When I’m not editing, writing, reading or sleeping, I’m growing obscure tropical vegetables. During tax season, I serve as an IRS-certified volunteer tax return preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

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Here’s How Much Social Security’s Buying Power Has Plunged

on May 12, 2022

This is why retirees can buy far less with their Social Security payments today than 20 years ago.

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An Easy Way to Fatten Your Next Tax Refund Today

and on May 2, 2022

Was your last federal tax refund too small or your tax bill too big? Here’s how to fix that.

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IRS Increases Limits for This Tax-Free Account for 2023

on April 29, 2022

Contribution limits are again rising for the most tax-friendly account around.

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3 Financial Dates and Deadlines in May 2022

on April 26, 2022

Mark your calendar now so you don’t risk a fine or miss an opportunity to save.

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17 Ways Your Income Taxes Will Be Different in 2023

on April 22, 2022

Brace yourself: Your tax refund stands to be smaller, or your tax bill bigger, next year. Here’s why.

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21 Generic Brands Owned by Amazon

on April 18, 2022

Amazon’s growing collection of private brands offers everything from toilet paper and coffee to motor oil and clothing.

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5 States Where Drivers Pay the Most for Car Insurance

on April 18, 2022

Auto insurance will cost you much more in some states. Here’s how to lower your rates no matter where you live.

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13 Deadlines to Know for Your Next Tax Return

on April 15, 2022

Now is the time to start preparing for the next tax season. Begin by marking these dates on your calendar today.

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93% of People With Health Savings Accounts May Be Making This Mistake

and on April 5, 2022

More than 32 million people stash cash in these accounts, but most of them are missing a large — and potentially life-changing — opportunity.

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Medicare Now Covers At-Home COVID-19 Tests

and on April 4, 2022

Beneficiaries can access up to eight free over-the-counter tests per month.

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48 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping — With No Minimum Purchase

on March 31, 2022

There are no strings attached to these companies’ free-shipping policies.

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8 Financial Dates and Deadlines in April 2022

on March 29, 2022

Mark your calendar now so you don’t risk a fine or miss an opportunity to save.

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9 Things I Won’t Buy at Costco

on March 24, 2022

A bulk buy isn’t always the best buy.

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4 Pharmacy Chains That Offer Free Medications

on March 8, 2022

Yes, you can get certain medications for $0.

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7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

on March 4, 2022

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

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5 Reasons Your Tax Refund Might Be Smaller This Year

and on March 1, 2022

This tax season, the sting of federal income taxes might be unexpectedly worse than in past seasons.

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3 Financial Dates and Deadlines in March 2022

on February 28, 2022

Mark your calendar now so you don’t risk a fine or miss an opportunity to save.

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8 Places Offering Guaranteed Income to Residents

and on February 24, 2022

In these places, eligible people get monthly payments — often with no strings attached.

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Few Baby Boomers Know This Retirement Tax Credit Exists

on February 18, 2022

You might be able to pocket thousands of dollars, thanks to an unheralded tax break.

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Want to Keep Your Money Safe? This Is the One List You Need

on February 14, 2022

Some companies track all kinds of data about you — and share it with others. Know what they know so you can protect your finances.

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