2017

2018 Tax Season Open and IRS Tax Refunds Being Processed (or Not)

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The IRS has officially announced that the 2018 Tax season is now open. This is in line with our earlier published schedule of key 2018 tax filing dates. April 17, 2018 is the tax deadline – excluding extensions and for non-resident filers. With more than 155 million returns to be filed this year (greater than 90% […]

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Maximum 401k Contribution Limits Up To $55,000 in 2018 – Individual Limits Rise to $18,500

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A lot of people assume the maximum annual contribution to employer sponsored retirement plans like a 401(k), 403(b) or Government Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), are what is published at the individual level. However, this could be very misleading if your employer contribution or match is generous and/or you are a high income earner. In fact […]

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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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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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[2018 Update] The IRS has announced that it cannot finalize processing of tax refunds before mid-February for taxpayers who claimed the EITC/ACTC, per 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.  Last year however some […]

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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 Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction and other Tax Updates

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The IRS has published the latest 2017 tax figures (for filing taxes in 2018) reflecting minor COLA updates to federal thresholds. You can see 2016 and past tax tables here. No changes to tax rates with 39.6% being the highest marginal tax rate. Tax bracket income thresholds increase marginally in line with inflation. The effect of this (bracket […]

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Trump GOP Tax Plan, Cuts and Changes in 2017, 2018 and Beyond – Latest Updates and Final Bill

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[Latest update]  Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have now passed a combined tax reform bill along party lines for President Trump’s Tax Reform measures under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. See the table below that contrasts changes from earlier versions in each chamber versus what is in the final bill that goes to the […]

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4 Major Changes to the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare) in 2017 and Beyond

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With open enrollment for health insurance plans underway there have been a number of conflicting news reports about the status of ObamaCare and potentially dramatic increases in health insurance costs for the coming year. Here we’re going to explore 4 potentially major changes to ObamaCare in 2017 and beyond: There Will Be Fewer Insurance Providers Starting […]

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COLA Driven Tax Changes for 2017

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There are many cost of living adjustments (COLA) being made for 2017 as announced by the IRS. These changes will be effective on January 1, 2017. The changes we will discuss today are those being made under section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code. This Code sets forth dollar limitations on benefits and contributions that […]

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2018 Tax Refund Payment Delays For Returns With Earned Income and Child Tax Credit Payments (PATH Act)

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It looks like we may have a repeat of 2016 and 2017 tax refund payment delays millions of American’s faced (and are still facing) this year. The IRS recently warned that there will likely be 2018 tax refund delays for certain taxpayers subject to several new factors and legislation (PATH Act) enacted in the past year. Hence the IRS […]

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