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Expanded and Enhanced Tax Credits for Minor Children

With the March 11, 2021 passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), two long-standing tax credits for taxpayers with minor children received significant enhancements. Child Tax Credit Background: The Child Tax Credit (CTC) previously provided up to a $2,000 credit per qualifying child. This credit began to phase out for taxpayers with adjusted gross income (AGI) > than $400,000…

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Employers: Be Sure to Notify Employees of the New COBRA Premium Assistance

If you have employees who are eligible for COBRA coverage because of job changes outside of their control, here's good news. They may be eligible to have their premiums fully paid between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. This provision of the recent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) applies to employees in these situations: The employee's hours were reduced…

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Health Savings Account Limits for 2021 and Why You Should Consider Having One

Each year, the dollar limits for many employee benefits and tax-related items are updated for inflation. Usually that happens in November for the next calendar year, but the update for HSAs occurs earlier in the year, and here they are: Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions for 2021 An individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan can contribute…

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Small Business Retirement Plans Just Got More Attractive

If your small business is considering starting a new retirement plan in 2020, the recently-passed SECURE Act has good news for you! Startup Tax Credit Leaps from $500 to $5,000 Effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2019, small businesses thatĀ adopt a new qualified retirement plan, SIMPLE IRA plan, or SEPĀ can now obtain an increased tax credit to offset…

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