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IRS Gives High-Income Taxpayers a Break on New 3.8% Tax

Posted by William Byrnes on January 2, 2014


The IRS has finally given high-income taxpayers a break with the release of the final regulations governing the new 3.8% tax on net investment income.

These final rules mark a dramatic shift from the IRS’s previous position. By adding flexibility to the rules, the IRS’s unanticipated amendments ease the sting of the investment income tax.

Read Professor Robert Bloink and William Byrnes’ analysis of the shift in the IRS’ position at > Think Advisor <  

tax planning case studies for individuals and small business available on Tax Facts online

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Health Insurance Providers Fee (or Tax or Penalty, call it what you will) – IRS guidance issued yesterday…

Posted by William Byrnes on November 27, 2013


and it has finally come to pass time … the new health care penalty, tax, fee – whatever it is, to be calculated for businesses.   Perhaps not the best timing considering the rocky roll out.  On the other hand, better to get the bad news 11 months before the next election, when it can be forgotten by the time mail in ballots are sent out.

Notice 2013-76 provides guidance on the health insurance providers fee related to (1) the time and manner for submitting Form 8963, “Report of Health Insurance Provider Information,” (2) the time and manner for notifying covered entities of their preliminary fee calculation, (3) the time and manner for submitting a corrected Form 8963 for the error correction process, and (4) the time for notifying covered entities of their final fee calculation.

For each fee year, the IRS will make a preliminary fee calculation for each covered entity and will notify each covered entity.  The notification will include (1) the covered entity’s allocated fee; (2) the covered entity’s net premiums written for health insurance of United States health risks; (3) the covered entity’s net premiums written for health insurance of United States health risks taken into account after application of § 57.4(a)(4); (4) the aggregate net premiums written for health insurance of United States health risks taken into
account for all covered entities; and (5) instructions for how to submit a corrected Form 8963 to correct any errors through the error correction process.

The information reported on each Form 8963 will be open for public inspection.  This aspect will be very interesting as various groups pull and then post business’ 8963s.

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U.S. Tightens Scrutiny of Small Businesses Skirting Obamacare Mandate

Posted by William Byrnes on November 6, 2013


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that will require employers with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health coverage for those employees or pay a penalty that can reach $3,000 per employee has many small business clients scrambling to plan for years ahead.  Because independent contractors are not counted toward the 50-employee limit, some small business clients may be tempted to reclassify common law employees as independent contractors to avoid the mandate.

Read Professor William Byrnes and Robert Bloink’s analysis of the issues, challenges, pitfalls and solutions for addressing a business’ future in a world of Obama Care at > Think Advisor <

 

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Overlooked Obamacare Silver Lining: Savings for Small Businesses

Posted by William Byrnes on October 2, 2013


Your small business clients know that the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are coming—and soon—but they may not realize that they create significant benefits for employers in the form of dramatic cost savings above and beyond the current rules governing deductibility of premiums and eligibility for certain tax credits.

Beginning Nov. 1, small business clients will be eligible to sign up online for a specially created Small Business Health Options Program (the SHOP exchange), but clients are unlikely to have realized that the rules of the game have changed with the advent of SHOP.

Read William Byrnes and Robert Bloink’s analysis at Think Advisor

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Income-based premiums triple Medicare costs under PPACA

Posted by William Byrnes on July 31, 2013


For your high net worth and upper middle class clients, Medicare planning has become a critical component of a well-executed retirement income plan.

New rules put into effect under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) can impact these clients’ retirement income planning in ways they might not yet realize by increasing their Medicare premiums proportionally as income increases.  The new rules will expand the pool of clients to which these monthly increases will apply.

In today’s environment, it is more important than ever to consider Medicare premiums when planning for retirement expenses.

Medicare Income-Based Premiums … read my analysis at LifeHealthPro – http://www.lifehealthpro.com/2013/05/13/income-based-premiums-triple-medicare-costs-under

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Preparing Clients for the Reality of PPACA’s Investment Income Tax

Posted by William Byrnes on November 26, 2012


… the PPACA provisions proposing an additional 3.8 percent tax on investment income will shortly become effective … and your high-income clients will need advice on how to reposition their investments today to minimize its effect.  Read the full article at http://www.lifehealthpro.com/2012/07/19/preparing-clients-for-the-reality-of-ppacas-invest

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Study Exposes Impact of Health Care Act’s Employer Penalties

Posted by William Byrnes on March 4, 2011


The Congressional Research Service last week released a publication describing the employer healthcare mandate and penalties for large employers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  Although penalties under the Health Care Act will not be applicable until 2014, the Act brings about a sea of change in the employer’ role in employee health insurance that requires significant present preparation.

Contrary to popular miscomprehensions about the Act, it does not mandate that employers provide their employees with health insurance; however, the Act does incentivize large employers to do so by penalizing them if their employees are not covered to a minimum level by employer-provided health insurance.  Read this complete analysis of the impact at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

 

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Health Insurance Coverage for All Americans

Posted by William Byrnes on January 28, 2011


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are generally known as the national health care legislation.  The new laws created a number of changes in the health care insurance system, in general.  These changes will be discussed throughout the week, as presented below.

Under the new law, each individual is required to have “minimum essential coverage” for each month of the year starting in 2014. “Minimum essential coverage” means whichever; a government sponsored program such as Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE; an employer sponsored plan; plans in the individual market; and grandfathered health care plans.

For those individuals who choose not to obtain minimum essential coverage, imposed is a penalty to be included in the taxpayer’s annual return.  The penalty applies to each month where the individual is not covered equal to an amount of either 1/12 of the average cost of “bronze” level coverage or the greater of an annual set dollar amount, which is pegged at $695 for taxable years 2016 and beyond, or a set percentage of the taxpayer’s household income, currently 2.5 percent beginning after 2016. (The Legislation includes a phase in schedule for both the flat dollar amount and the percentage of income. The flat dollar amount is $95 for 2014, $325 for 2015. The percentage of household income is 1 percent for 2014 and 2 percent for 2015.)  To read this article excerpted above, please access AdvisorFYI

 

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The Small Business Tax Credit

Posted by William Byrnes on January 26, 2011


During 2010, President Obama realized his goal of providing health care coverage to all Americans when Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Under the new health care legislation many new changes will affect taxpayers beginning last year.  This week’s blogticles are dedicated to the discussion of the health care legislation and the impact it is projected to have.  We begin with a discussion of the Small Business Tax Credit.

Under the new law, the Small Business Tax Credit allows qualified small employers to elect, beginning in 2010 a tax credit for some percentage of their employee health care coverage expenses.  Generally, a “qualified small employer” is an employer who has the equivalent of 25 full-time workers or less (e.g., a firm with fewer than 50 half-time workers would be eligible), pay average annual wages below $50,000, and cover at least 50 percent of the cost of health care coverage for their workers.

Further, the tax credit will cover up to 35 percent of the premiums a small business pays to cover its workers until 2014, when the rate will increase to 50 percent.  Nevertheless, the credit has phase out provisions which gradually reduce the credit amount for businesses with average wages between $25,000 and $50,000 and for businesses with the equivalent of between 10 and 25 full-time workers.  To read this article excerpted above, please access AdvisorFYI.

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Insurance Agents Sued for Giving Bad Tax Advice

Posted by William Byrnes on January 7, 2011


Can life insurance agents and their carriers be held responsible for adverse tax consequences resulting from their advice to customers about transactions involving the policies agents recommend and sell?  A customer who relied on agents for tax advice concerning an annuity transaction believed the agents should be held to account for recommending a transaction that turned out to carry an unexpected tax bill.   She sued the Insurance Company in federal district court, claiming its agents committed fraud against her by failing to inform her of the tax consequences of an annuity rollover.

The plaintiff owned two annuities—valued at about $80,000 and $12,000—that she received in a divorce settlement.  She contacted the insurance company to find out her options for rolling the annuities over into one policy. Read this complete article at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

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The National Health Care Bill Invoice

Posted by William Byrnes on January 4, 2011


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Why is this Topic Important to Wealth Managers? Reviews the National Health Care Legislation’s revenues and expense provisions.  Discusses one area in particular where high income earners are subject to additional tax liability provided by the new law.

There are many new questions being raised by the national health care legislation that was passed into law earlier this year.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act[1] and the, Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010,[2] created a number of significant changes to the landscape of the health care system in the United States.  The total cost of the program, is estimated at approximately $356 Billion dollars over the ten year period from 2010-2019. [3]However, revenue projections from taxes incorporated into the legislation are actually estimated upwards of $437 Billion dollars over that same ten year period. [4]

Now that we can reasonably be assured the health care bill’s cost is properly allocated and encumbered, let’s see how and where the revenue generating provisions will affect American taxpayers.

The largest single line item that will contribute to the funding of the health care legislation is a new surtax for Medicare.  Estimates that over $200 billion will be raised over 10 years, is a burden carried by only a small percentage of high income taxpayers, estimated at approximately the top 2% of all taxpayers, or those taxpayers who will earn more than $200,000 or $250,000 filing jointly. [5] This means approximately 98% of the population will not be required to contribute to the new surtax with regards to Medicare.  To read this article excerpted above, please access www.AdvisorFYI.com

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Health Care Reform Causes an Avalanche of 1099s

Posted by William Byrnes on November 11, 2010


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The Health Care Act includes many provisions that are not directly related to health care but which are intended to fund the colossal government expenditure necessitated by the Act. One of the most burdensome changes imposed by the Health Care Act is the massive expansion of the payees and payment types that require a 1099. The new requirements will trigger a flood of paperwork for everyone involved, including payors, payees, and the IRS.

The new information reporting requirement will kick in on January 1, 2012. But the IRS will not be releasing guidance on the changes right away, so the time for taxpayers to implement the new requirements may run short. The comment period preceding the IRS’s release of proposed regulations passed at the end of September, so we can expect proposed regulations in the coming months. Advisor’s Journal will keep you informed as the IRS implements these new rules.   Read this complete article at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

For previous coverage of the Health Care Act in Advisor’s Journal, see Changes Affecting Individuals in the 2010 Health Reform Law (CC 10-15), Changes Affecting Business in the 2010 Health Reform Law (CC 10-16), and Changes Affecting Large Employers in the 2010 Health Reform Law (CC 10-17).

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