Government Rebates and Payments

Will I Still Have to Pay an Obamacare Health Insurance Penalty in 2017 or 2018?

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Will i still have to pay health insurance penalties (under the Obamacare individual mandate) in 2017 or 2018? This is the question a lot of Americans are asking under the House and Senate health care replacement bills. The short answer is NO. In fact both bills repeal the individual mandate outright and make it retroactive […]

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Do Republican Health Care Changes to Repeal Obamacare Impact You?

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The Senate has announced their health care plan –  the BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT (BCRA) – which is in line with the house bill, with key changes being made to appease more moderate Republicans. NPR had a nice summary comparing Obamacare, AHCA (House bill) and BCRA (Senate bill) shown in the graphic below. In general the bill does […]

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2017 Federal Hiring Freeze That May Lead to 2018 Job Cuts and Federal GS Pay Freeze For Government Workers

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[Update March 2017] President Trump has continued his attack on the federal workforce by announcing across the board funding cuts in his latest budget proposal that could lead to between 100,000 and 200,000 job cuts. This is according to Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics. This cut would constitute up to 9% of civil servant jobs. On […]

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2017 and 2018 Trump Economic Stimulus, Tax Breaks and Credits for Individuals, Corporations and Investors

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With Donald J. Trump now America’s 45th president many are now asking if he can bring around the economic change promised while on the campaign trail. A lot of people voted for him as a change agent and from an economic point of view at least are hoping he can bring back opportunity to millions […]

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ObamaCare (ACA) Repeal and Replacement via American Health Care Act (AHCA) ON HOLD for 2017 and 2018

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[Latest Update] The repeal and replacement of Obamacare via the American Health Care Act, the Ryan-Trump administration proposal, is officially on hold following a lack on unity across the Republican party to get the AHCA bill approved in the House. With no Democrat member support, it had to be passed by all the factions of the Republican […]

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2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), Social Security and Medicare Tax Rates

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[2017 COLA Confirmed] Despite fears that there would not be a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that benefits will in fact increase by 0.3% in January 2017. Over 65 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments will benefit from this increase. This is following a year […]

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2017 Military Pay Charts Reflecting Latest Raise – Updated Monthly Basic Pay Tables

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[2017 update] Armed serviced members in 2017 will at minimum see a 2.1 percent increase in base pay following broad Congressional approval of the Defense Authorization bill. Both the House and Senate passed the bill that will be approved by the President. The 2017 raise is 0.5% higher than the original 1.6% approved by the House earlier in the […]

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2017 Pay Raise Approved for Federal Employees on GS Pay Scale

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In a surprising move President Obama has reversed his previous August 2016 pay rise proposal of 1.6%, made up of a 1% across the board plus 0.6% locality pay adjustment (see prior update below). In his latest executive order he is proposing a “revised” alternative 2017 total pay raise of 2.1%. This is still made up of a […]

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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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