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IRAs, 1099s, RMDs: Michelle Singletary answered your questions

Our personal finance columnist chatted with readers on their tax concerns, ranging from 1099s to inherited IRAs and estate taxes

Michelle Singletary has written the Color of Money column for more than 25 years, answering questions around taxes and other personal finance issues. (The Washington Post)

Dreading the April 18 tax deadline and wondering how to expedite your return? Expecting to owe the IRS but don’t have the money to pay your tax bill and wondering what to do? Do you know which tax breaks ended for the 2022 tax year?

Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary answered your questions Friday, Feb. 3, about the 2023 tax season. She was joined by Eric Bronnenkant, head of tax at Betterment, a digital investment advisory firm. Bronnenkant has also had stints with Ernst & Young and Fidelity Investments.

This week’s live chat is over, but you can read a transcript of the discussion below. Michelle’s next live chat will be on Feb. 13, covering the topic of love and money.

For more personal finance advice, see Michelle Singletary’s Money Milestones, which offers guidance for every stage of life. You can also submit questions for her column by emailing

Rivan Stinson, an assistant editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.

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