2015

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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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 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. You can reference IRS publication 596 or use online tax providers like TurboTax or H&R Block to get a free estimate of the specific credit amount you would get. Check out the  latest online tax software deals for filing your return and claiming this credit. The 2015 Earned Income […]

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2016 and 2017 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 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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2015 IRS Average Tax Refund

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[Updated with latest refund details] As of April 13th, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said it has received more than 115 million tax returns, with more than 95% of those returns filed electronically and over 80% of those returns resulting in refunds. The IRS generally receives over 140 million returns over the tax season. The IRS also […]

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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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