Michelle Singletary

Washington, D.C.

Personal finance columnist

Education: University of Maryland; Johns Hopkins University

Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column “The Color of Money,” which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you have a personal finance question for Singletary, please call 1-855-ASK-POST (1-855-275-7678). Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post News Service and Syndicate and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. In 2021, she won the Gerald Loeb award for commentary. She has written four personal finance books, including, “What to Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide” and “The 21-Day Finan
Latest from Michelle Singletary

    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.

    February 3, 2023

    Friend or fraud: Seven ways to spot a Ponzi scheme, and other scams

    Seniors are not more susceptible to scams. The Federal Trade Commission reports many scams are harming younger people more than adults 60 and older.

    February 3, 2023

    Three moves to get your tax refund faster in 2023

    Tips for the 2023 tax season: Don’t call the IRS on Mondays, triple-check for errors, don't mail a return if you don't have to, and other tax advice.

    January 27, 2023

    If you owe the IRS and can’t pay, this is what you should and shouldn’t do

    The tax deadline is April 18, and millions may owe and can't pay. A former national taxpayer advocate offers advice on tackling the debt.

    January 26, 2023

    Birthday checklist: Get your most pressing money questions answered

    Michelle Singletary invites readers to submit their most pressing financial questions for her money milestones project.

    January 25, 2023

    How to be smart with your money at every age

    Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary offers financial advice for every stage of life.

    January 23, 2023

    Michelle Singletary’s money milestones for every age

    Advice for every decade of your financial life, from 20-somethings just starting out to retirees enjoying the fruits of planning and smart choices.

    January 23, 2023

    How to prepare financially in case of a debt ceiling crash

    Debt ceiling drama, inflation and stock market swings. Here are tips for finding a financial planner to help navigate tough times.

    January 20, 2023

    A $250 million scholarship program aimed at keeping students debt-free

    Fidelity Investments has committed $250 million to help up to 50,000 Black, Latino and other historically underserved students attend college.

    January 18, 2023

    Expect smaller refunds and continued phone delays this tax season

    The IRS has struggled to process tax returns and answer taxpayer questions over the past three years. The 2023 tax season opens Jan. 23. Will things be better?

    January 13, 2023