Government Rebates and Payments

2017 Military Pay Charts Reflecting 1.6% Raise – Updated Basic Pay Monthly Tables

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[2017 update] Armed serviced members in 2017 will at minimum see a 1.6 percent increase in base pay based on the President’s latest executive order for government and uniformed service members pay raises. The final pay raise will be determined in a month or so once the final Employment Cost Index (ECI) figures are released. By law […]

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Will there be a 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Increase

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[2017 COLA update] It looks highly likely that there won’t be a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in 2017 based on recent CPI-W figures and comments from the Board of Trustees of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The main impact of the COLA is to the 70 million+ Social security recipients. Estimates for the 2017 COLA […]

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2017 Pay Raise Approved for Federal Employees on GS Pay Scale

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[2017 Confirmed GS Pay Raise] The president has excised his executive power and given government employees on the GS pay scale and armed service members one of the largest raises in recent times. Civilian employees will receive a combined 1.6 percent raise (vs 1.3 percent last year) per the earlier update, which is made up of an […]

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Maximum Weeks of State Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available

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Great graphic from the CBPP on unemployment insurance benefit duration (in weeks) by state. Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are state administered and generally most workers are eligible for up to 26 weeks. Two states that provide more than this – Montana (28 weeks) and Massachusetts (30 weeks). However there are 8 states that provide fewer […]

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Obamacare ACA Maximum 2015 Penalty To Top $12,000 For Higher Income Earners

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For the 2015 tax year, the Obamacare or Affordable Care Act (ACA) shared responsibility is set to double from a maximum $975 per household in 2014 to approximately $12,850 per household. This is based on the percentage of income criteria, versus the flat tax/penalty amount outlined below. To avoid being subject to this penalty individuals […]

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Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2016

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See this article for 2015 and 2016 Earned Income Tax Credit figures released by the IRS [Updated following SOTU speech] Following President Obama’s state of the union speech and in addition to the items below, he had some good news on expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)  for 2016, which actually partisan support. The […]

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A $2000 Paycheck Credit Bonus in 2015 and Other Middle Class Tax Breaks

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In a push to reengage their voting base Democrats have proposed a $2000 paycheck credit bonus as part of a wide ranging middle-class tax credits proposal. The paycheck credit proposal, architected by House Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), would only be available to middle class Americans, which are defined as couples earning less than $200,000 […]

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2016 and 2017 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State

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Listed below are the latest maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit/compensation amounts by state. The Unemployment compensation (UC) program is designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work or in between jobs, through no fault of their own. Note, the table below contains the the maximum weekly unemployment insurance compensation (benefit) including adjustments for dependents where […]

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2014 vs. 2015 Savers Tax Credit Limits to Help Workers Save for Retirement

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[Updated with 2015 amounts] This IRS has released 2015 updates for the savers credit, which helps lower income earners save for retirement by providing an offset to retirement plan (401k and IRA) contributions. A lot of people don’t know about or take advantage of this little known credit, officially referred to as the retirement savings contributions credit.. The […]

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Obamacare Health Insurance Purchase Requirement Extended?

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[Update March 31st 2013] Extension to purchase health coverage may now be in the works. The original deadline to purchase coverage, before incurring penalties was March 31st, 2014. But a number of state exchanges, like Covered California said that, “Individuals who start an online application by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2014, will have until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, […]

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