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The IRS has published IRS Rev. Proc. 2018-18 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-10 this week that recalculates the limits on various benefits. One of the provisions in the tax reform bill enacted late last year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill, was a change in the way the IRS was required to calculate cost-of-living increases.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , IR Bulletin 2018-10 , HSA , Indexes for inflation , Adoption Assistance Plans , Archer MSA , Small Employer Tax Credit , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Transportation Plans , Tax Reform , 2018 Limits
On February 8, 2018, Senators John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Tom Carper, D-Delaware (S. 2410) and Representatives Diane Black, R-Tennessee, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon (H.R. 4978), introduced the bipartisan bill, the Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Chronic Disease Management Act of 2018 , Chronic Disease , HDHP
For participants in the Health Savings Account (HSA), you can find new instructions for IRS Form 8889 used to report contributions and distributions to the HSA on the 2017 personal tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , HSA , Health Savings Account , Form 8889 , Pub. 969
EBRI has released the results of a 2017 survey on worker opinion on health care in the U.S.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , FSA , HRA , HSA , Health

Income Tax Season is Upon Us

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January 29, 2018 marked the start of tax filing season. People have until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to file their 2017 returns and pay any taxes due. The filing tax deadline is later this year due to several factors.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , 1095-A , 1095-B , 1095-C , 1099-SA , 5498-SA , HSA , Dependent Care FSA , Form 2441 , Form 8889 , ACA , group health insurance , HRA , PEB , COBRA Beneficiary
Taxpayers interested in filing itemized deductions for medical expenses will find the IRS Pub. 502 a useful resource when preparing their federal income tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pub 502 , Medical Expense , Itemized Deduction , FSA , HRA , HSA , 7.5%
In late August, the Office of Management and Budget approved the DOL’s proposal to extend the transition period for full implementation of the new Fiduciary Rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions by 18 months—from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. The DOL also issued additional FAQ guidance relating to the Fiduciary Rule.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: fiduciary , fiduciary rule , Department of Labor , DOL , PTE , HSA , health savings accounts , arbitration , FAQ , prohibited transaction exemptions , best interest , ERISA , Internal Revenue Code

Will My HRA Be HSA Compatible in 2018?

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As you approach 2018 and may be considering implementing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) it is a good time now to review your existing Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to ensure it remains HSA compatible. If you currently have an HRA and an HSA arrangement you will need to review the details as well to ensure that it remains HSA compatible.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , HSA compatible , HDHP
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Account , HDHP , IRS , Open Enrollment , Grace Period , Rollover , HSA Compatible
HSAs are growing in popularity. So exactly who is eligible to establish an HSA account and make an HSA contribution or have a contribution made on his/her behalf (e.g., by an employer)?
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , FSA , Health FSA , Disqualifying Coverage , Permitted Coverage , Health Savings Account