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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When Will I Get My Employer W2, Investments 1099, Mortgage 1098 and Other 2016 Tax Return Forms and Filing Documents

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[Updated for 2015-2016 tax season] Before we file our tax returns there are a number of forms we need to receive from our employers, financial institutions and other entities we make money from, conducted financial transactions or did business with. Below are estimated time frames for when we can expect to receive some of these common income tax forms. Employer W-2. This […]

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2016 Affordable Care Act Tax Reminders

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The IRS has released some useful reminders when it comes to tax rulings and obligations around the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is more commonly known. For the vast majority of taxpayers providing proof of health insurance coverage (and avoiding a penalty) will simply mean checking a box to verify everyone on their return […]

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2016 Maximum Weekly State Disability Insurance Benefits and Coverage

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State Disability Insurance (SDI) provides a way for disabled workers to receive income if disabled due to disabilities that prevent them from working and earning a living wage. Employee payroll deductions which are deducted from paychecks fund the various state disability programs . To qualify for the state maximum weekly benefit amount an individual must have […]

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2016 Military Pay Charts – Basic Pay Tables Reflecting 1.3% Raise From 2015

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[2016 updated rates following 1.3% raise] With the powers that be finally reaching a consensus and presidential decree (i.e executive order) likely to come down before year end, our armed services members can expect a 1.3% raise to 2016 basic pay amounts.  This is less than expected but at least better than nothing in a relatively benign […]

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2016 vs 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) Qualification Limits

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[Update] Below are the final IRS published 2015 and 2016 Earned Income Tax credit (EITC) figures. For 2015 tax returns, filed in 2016, refer to the 2015 EITC table and associated examples. The 2016 figures are for next year, but good for your tax planning in the year ahead. You can reference IRS publication 596 or use […]

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2016 vs 2015 401k, 403b Contribution Limits and Catch-up Amounts

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[Updated with 2016 contribution limits] The IRS has released 2016 employer sponsored retirement plan limits, which covers 401(k), 403(b), and Government Thrift Savings (TSP) plans.  The  annual contribution limit, which is indexed to inflation, remained unchanged. So like 2015, the maximum amount employees will be able to contribute on a pre-tax basis in 2016 will be $18,000. The catch-up pre-tax […]

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2016 Federal Employee GS Pay Scale Chart Following 1% Raise Over 2015 Levels

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[Updated for 2016 GS Pay Raise] In 2016, employees paid under the General Schedule (GS) system will get another 1% pay raise following the executive order signed into law by President Obama. This is the third consecutive year that GS eligible federal employees have received a 1% pay increase. The 2016 GS Pay table is show below and […]

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2016 Tax Brackets vs 2015 Tax Rates and Other Tax Updates (After Official IRS Figures Released)

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With the continued low inflation environment 2016 IRS Tax Brackets, standard deductions and personal exemptions (for taxes paid in 2017) only moderately increase over 2015 levels (shown in the table below). Federal income tax brackets and related tax items are adjusted annually, under the tax code, to provide for mandatory adjustments based on inflation. The tables below reflect […]

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2016 Marketplace Health Insurance Plans & Prices Rising Under Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)

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[2016 updates] 2016 health insurance premiums under the state and federal health care system (Affordable Care Act) are rising. No doubt about that. The question is by how much. Recent reports and have a broad range (from 6% to 15%) as health insurance companies have started submitting requests to the regulator (insurance commissions) for big price increases in […]

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