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- Midyear Tax Planning Ideas & IRS Warns Taxpayers to Beware of Phishing

 

- Taxing Social Security Benefits & Taxing a Child

- Tax Implications of Investor or Trader Status & Double Benefit From a Tax Deduction

- Lifetime vs. Testamentary Contributions & Passive Activity Loss Limitations

- Social Security Update & Retirement Plan Review

- Tax Calendar & Additional 0.9% Medicare Tax

 


 

 

Required Health Insurance for 2014 & 2015 Health Savings Account Amounts

 

Beginning in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires you and each member of your family to have qualifying health insurance (called minimum essential coverage), have an exemption, or pay a shared responsibility penalty with your 2014 individual income tax return, Form 1040.

 

Many people already have minimum essential coverage and donít need to do anything more than maintain that coverage.

Do I have minimum essential coverage? You have minimum essential coverage if you have employer-sponsored coverage, coverage obtained through a Health Insurance Marketplace, or coverage through a government-sponsored program. Coverage under certain other plans will qualify as well. You must maintain this coverage for each month of the calendar year.

Am I eligible for an exemption? You may be exempt from the requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage if youíre a member of certain religious sects, a federally recognized Indian tribe, or a health care sharing ministry. You may also be eligible if you are suffering a hardship, meet certain income criteria, or are uninsured for less than three consecutive months of the year.

Will I have to pay a penalty? If you or any of your dependents donít have minimum essential coverage or an exemption, you will have to pay an individual shared responsibility penalty with your tax return.

For 2014, the annual shared responsibility penalty is the greater of:

 - 1% of your household income that is above your tax return filing threshold, or

 - Your familyís flat dollar amount, which is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, limited to a family maximum of $285 for 2014.
 

However, the maximum amount cannot be more than the cost of the national average premium for a bronze level health plan available through the Marketplace in 2014.
 



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2015 Health Savings Accounts (HSA) Amounts
 

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were created as a tax-favored framework to provide health care benefits mainly for small business owners, the self-employed, and employees of small to medium-size companies who do not have access to health insurance.

The tax benefits of HSAs are quite substantial. Eligible individuals can make tax-deductible (as an adjustment to AGI) contributions into HSA accounts.

 

The funds in the account may be invested (somewhat like an IRA), so there is an opportunity for growth.

 

The earnings inside the HSA are free from federal income tax, and funds withdrawn to pay eligible health care costs are tax-free.

An HSA is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account established exclusively for the purpose of paying qualified medical expenses of the participant who, for the months for which contributions are made to an HSA, is covered under a high-deductible health plan.

 

Consequently, an HSA is not insurance; it is an account, which must be opened with a bank, brokerage firm, or other provider (i.e., insurance company). It is therefore different from a Flexible Spending Account in that it involves an outside provider serving as a custodian or trustee.

The recently released 2015 inflation-adjusted contribution limit for individual self-only coverage under a high-deductible plan is $3,350, while the comparable amount for family coverage is $6,650.

 

For 2015, a high-deductible health plan is defined as a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than $1,300 for self-only coverage and $2,600 for family coverage, and the annual out-of-pocket expenses (including deductibles and copayments, but not premiums) must not exceed $6,450 for self-only coverage or $12,900 for family coverage.

 

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3 Month Tax Calendar

Here is a high level tax calendar with several of the most important dates for the next 3 months.

 

2014 Explanation of Action to Take
July 15 If the monthly deposit rule applies, employers must deposit the tax for payments in June for Social Security, Medicare, withheld income tax, and nonpayroll withholding.
July 31 If you have employees, a federal unemployment tax (FUTA) deposit is due if the FUTA liability through June exceeds $500.
July 31 The second quarter Form 941 ("Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return") is also due today. (If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return.) If you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time, you have until August 11 to file the return.
August 15 If the monthly deposit rule applies, employers must deposit the tax for payments in July for Social Security, Medicare, withheld income tax, and nonpayroll withholding.
September 15 Third quarter estimated tax payments are due for individuals, trusts, and calendar-year corporations.
September 15 If a five-month extension was obtained, partnerships should file their 2013 Form 1065 by this date.
September 15 If a six-month extension was obtained, calendar-year corporations should file their 2013 income tax returns by this date.
September 15 If the monthly deposit rule applies, employers must deposit the tax for payments in August for Social Security, Medicare, withheld income tax, and nonpayroll withholding.

 

 


 

Remember you can call our offices if you have any questions about these or any other accounting, tax, financial planning or business planning related issues, at 219-462-7544.

 

Harold Gatlin, CPA

 

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