The medical expense deduction gets a temporary boost under the new tax law. Taxpayers can claim medical expenses as an itemized deduction to the extent the costs exceed a limit. For decades, that limit was 7.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI). Then, in recent years, the limit was raised to 10% of AGI. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act rolls back that limit to 7.5% for both 2017 and 2018, allowing more people to qualify for this tax break, if they continue to itemize deductions. Check with your tax advisor for information in your situation.Read More
In December, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act. The long and complex bill covers a broad range of health care topics, but of particular interest to some businesses should be the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) provision. Specifically, qualified small employers can now use HRAs to reimburse employees who purchase individual insurance coverage, rather than providing employees with costly group health plans.Read More
It seems like a simple question: How many full-time workers does your business employ? But, when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the answer can be complicated.
The number of workers you employ determines whether your organization is an applicable large employer (ALE). Just because your business isn’t an ALE one year doesn’t mean it won’t be the next year.
50 is the magic number
Your business is an ALE if you had an average of 50 or more full time employees — including full-time equivalent employees — during the prior calendar year. Therefore, you’ll count the number of full time employees you have during 2016 to determine if you’re an ALE for 2017.
Under the law, an ALE: