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 Michelle, 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. She has written four personal finance books, including, "What to Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide" and “The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom.” Singl
Latest from Michelle Singletary

No, that email from Equifax is not a scam. You are entitled to free credit monitoring for four years.

At long last, millions of consumers will get something from the massive Equifax data breach dating to 2017. As part of a settlement, Equifax is providing free four-year membership to an identity protection service.

February 11, 2022

    Taxes on PayPal, Venmo and Zelle payments: What you need to know

    Using Venmo, PayPal and Cash App to accept payments for your small business? Here’s what the new tax law says.

    February 10, 2022

      Preparing for tax season? Our personal finance columnist answers your questions.

      The Post's Michelle Singletary will answer your questions on Feb. 9 at noon Eastern.

      February 9, 2022

      Keep track of your Venmo, PayPal and other payment app transactions in case the IRS comes asking

      There's a lot of misinformation about a new tax reporting requirement. Here's why you need to make sure you designate whether a payment on an app is to family or friends.

      February 8, 2022

        What's one thing young professionals can do to save for their future?

        Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains why saving for retirement is the best way to invest in your future.

        February 4, 2022

          Is it worth investing in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin?

          Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains what you need to know before investing in cryptocurrencies.

          February 4, 2022

            Should you pay off your student loans before saving for a home?

            Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary makes the case for paying off student loan debt before buying a home.

            February 4, 2022

              What's the best way to make passive income?

              Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains why you should consider your skills when thinking of ways to make passive income.

              February 4, 2022

                Should you consider inflation when negotiating a salary or raise?

                Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains why you should consider inflation the next time you negotiate your salary or a raise.

                February 4, 2022

                  Don’t file a paper return, call the IRS on a Wednesday, and other advice to get through a turbulent 2022 tax season

                  Tax season is going to be wild. So here's our indispensable guide to filing your 2021 taxes, all in one convenient place.

                  February 4, 2022