2014

2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Increase of 0.3% confirmed

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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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[Updated Dec. 2016] – 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 […]

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2016 and 2017 401k, 403b Contribution Limits and Catch-up Amounts

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[Updated with 2016 and 2017 contribution limits] The IRS has released updated 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 over the last 2 years. So like 2015, the maximum amount employees will be able to contribute on a pre-tax basis in […]

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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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2016 vs. 2017 Savers Tax Credit and Income Limits to Help Workers Save for Retirement

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The savers credit, which helps lower income earners save for retirement by providing an offset to retirement plan (401k and IRA) contributions. But a lot of people don’t know about or take advantage of this little known credit, officially referred to by the IRS as the retirement savings contributions credit.. The savers credit was made a permanent part […]

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2015 Tax Brackets and Other Federal Taxation Updates

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Given the low inflation environment over the last year, the 2015 IRS Tax Brackets, standard deductions and personal exemptions have only seen a moderate increase over 2014 levels. Federal income tax brackets and related tax items, under the tax code, provide for mandatory annual adjustments based on inflation. This is to prevent the phenomenon known as bracket […]

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2014 vs 2013 AMT Exemption and Thresholds

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Following enactment of the American Tax Relief Act (ATRA) in 2012, the AMT patch legislation that Congress had to pass every year to ensure more people were not snagged by the Alternative Minimum tax (AMT), is now no longer required. Instead the AMT exemption and associated thresholds based on filing status are now tied (or […]

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2014 Earned Income Tax credit (EITC)

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[2014 EIC Update] The IRS has released 2014 Earned Income Tax credit (EITC) details which are shown in the table below. There have been some minor increases to the EITC amount and qualifying limits following inflation adjustments. How to read the table above. The “earned income amount” (line 1) is the amount of income (minimum limit) at or […]

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2014 IRS Tax Brackets and Rates With Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption Updates

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Below are the 2014 IRS federal tax brackets based on annual inflation adjustments. Given the low inflation environment there were only moderate increases in tax brackets, standard deductions and to the personal exemption. The main changes for the 2014 tax year were: Marginal tax rates remained the same as last year with 39.6% being the highest marginal […]

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