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2016 Trustees Reports Project Social Security COLA, Medicare Premiums, and Long-Term Outlook

Every year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds release reports to Congress on the current financial condition and projected financial outlook of these programs. The 2016 reports, released on June 22, 2016, project a small Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and Medicare premium increases for 2017, and discuss ongoing financial challenges.

What are the Social Security and Medicare trust funds?

Employers: Here’s a Mid-Year Affordable Care Act Refresher

 

As an employer, the size and structure of your workforce helps determine which parts of the health care law apply to your business. Work forces typically fluctuate, so it’s important to annually determine the size of your workforce.

The number of employees you have during the current year determines whether your business is an applicable large employer for the following year. Applicable large employers are generally those with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents. Employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalents, are not applicable large employers.

Fewer than 50 Employees

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Click on Over to IRS.gov this Summer

Summertime is a great time to get the tax help and information you need on IRS.gov. Our many online tools and services make it easy for you to interact with the IRS. Here are the top reasons to visit IRS.gov this summer:

It’s Time for a PTC Checkup for your 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

 

If you or anyone in your family are getting advance payments of the premium tax credit, it’s that time of year for a checkup to see if you need to adjust your premium assistance. Since the advance payments are paid directly to your insurance company and lower the out-of-pocket cost for your health insurance premiums, changes in your income or family size may affect your credit.  You should report changes that have occurred since the time that you signed up for your health insurance plan.

Changes in circumstances that you should report to your Marketplace when they happen include:

IRS Offers Tips on Filing an Amended Tax Return

You may discover you made a mistake on your tax return. You can file an amended return if you need to fix an error. You can also amend your tax return to claim a tax credit or deduction. Here are 10 tips from the IRS on amending your return:

New Rules for College Campus-Sponsored Debit and Prepaid Credit Cards

The Department of Education has issued new rules for campus-sponsored debit and prepaid credit cards that are directly linked to financial aid disbursements. While many financial institutions have partnerships with colleges to market these products as financial aid tools, consumer groups argue that they sometimes come at a high cost to students. As a result, the Department of Education issued rules to take effect in July that offer protections to students using these types of products.

What are college campus-sponsored debit and prepaid credit cards?

File Now: Don’t Jeopardize Your Advance Payments of the Premium Tax Credit

If you filed for an extension of time to file your 2015 federal tax return – and you benefit from advance payments of the premium tax credit being made to your coverage provider – it’s important you file your return sooner rather than later.

You must file your 2015 tax return and reconcile your advance payments to ensure you can continue having advance credit payments paid on your behalf in future years. Advance payments of the premium tax credit are reviewed in the fall by the Health Insurance Marketplace for the next calendar year as part of their annual re-enrollment and income verification process. If you do not file and reconcile, you will not be eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit in 2017. Use Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit, to reconcile any advance credit payments made on your behalf and to maintain your eligibility for future premium assistance.