2016

People NOW Seeing Their Tax Refunds Banked Plus Tips on What to do if Your Refund Has Not Yet Been Received

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[Latest Update] The IRS is now releasing refunds for taxpayers who claimed the EITC/ACTC, which were being held back under the PATH Act. They have however stressed that taxpayers should not expect refunds to be available in bank accounts or on debit cards until the week of Feb. 27. Some people are seeing it earlier depending on […]

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When Does The 2017 Tax Season Start For Filing My Tax Return and Getting My Refund

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This time of year I get a lot of questions on when the IRS will allow people to file their taxes and when (if applicable) refunds will be paid.  For the 2016-2017 tax season the IRS e-File (online tax filing) system will open on Monday, January 23rd. You can technically submit as early as January 1st […]

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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 Tax Refund Payment Delays For Returns With Earned Income and Child Tax Credit Payments

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It looks like we may have a repeat of 2016 tax refund payment delays millions of American’s faced (and are still facing) this year. The IRS recently warned that there will likely be 2017 tax refund delays (for 2016 taxes due by April 15, 2017) for certain taxpayers subject to several new factors and legislation enacted […]

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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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2016 and 2017 SEP IRA Contribution Limits and Eligibility Rules

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[Updated for 2016 and 2017 limits]  A year or so after starting my small business and completing my first annual tax return that showed a slight profit, my accountant advised that I start looking into a retirement account/plan for my business in order to lower my overall tax bill and also effectively set aside some […]

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Which Fund Allocations Should I Choose for My 401K or IRA Contributions in 2016 Given Markets, Economy and Elections

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With the markets rocky, US and global economies facing headwinds and a presidential political campaign in full swing, choosing how to allocate your current and future retirement savings for the medium to longer term is no easy task. But rather than just leave your current 401K and IRA allocations as is amid changing macro and micro […]

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2017, 2016 and 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC) Qualification Income Limits

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[Updated] Below are the final IRS published 2016 and 2017 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. How to read the EITC tables: The maximum earned income credit allowed/payable for the given tax year is […]

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2017 vs. 2016 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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