Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are favored by people who want comprehensive health insurance that is individualized. Such programs also allow them to grow their savings tax free and can be rolled over from year to year. However, before contributing to a HSA, one must first be enrolled within a HDHP, or high deductible health plan. HDHPs have a deductible which is higher than standard insurance plans, so here is how to determine if you’re HSA-qualified.
Businesses must prepare themselves for the annual tax season, and this means being aware of the constant changes which are occurring regarding taxation. Keeping abreast of these developments will keep your taxes lower and less onerous. Always consult your Certified Public Accountant, if you have any concerns about your taxation matters.
A number of improvements have been made to both the workflow and efficiency of the employee online benefits management system. In the past such programs were extremely intensive, but modern platforms provide a number of key benefits. Here are some of the most important features to look for:
There are a number of changes which are expected when it comes to employee benefit trends in 2017. While this means new challenges for employers, it also provides significant opportunities to those that can recognize and take advantage of them. Here are some of the trends that are predicted to dominate 2017:
A number of changes can be expected for small business tax in 2017. They come courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is known for making changes on an annual basis, so keeping up to date with them is important. Let’s find out more about the changes pertaining to 2017 small business tax matters.
One important aspect of payroll processing is performing deductions from the paychecks of employees, both voluntary and mandatory. An example of a voluntary deduction is healthcare benefits. When an employee accepts this benefit they will pay for the premiums in the form of payroll withholding. The employer is considered the payroll representative and as such must calculate the healthcare deductions based on their corporate policy, as well as applicable state or federal regulations.
A number of social security changes are expected for 2017. Specifically, the wage base which is subjected to taxation is expected to grow from $118,500 to $127,200. Upon reaching this threshold, employees will no longer be subject to social security tax withholding. It has also been recently announced that over sixty five million people will receive COLA, or a cost of living adjustment of 0.3 percent for 2017.
Obamacare is projected to become more expensive in 2017. One change to be expected in the coming year is individual deductibles, which will increase by over $6,000. Families who have been placed in bronze plans will have deductibles which average $12,393. However, these are just a few of the price increases which are expected.
Employers have had months to get ready for open enrollment, and the deadline is now rapidly approaching. Once open enrollment arrives, it is important to manage it in a way that ensures everything goes smoothly. Below are some tips for doing this.
In a quest to meet the guidelines mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the market has become flooded with a variety of Obamacare software products. This is great news for business owners and HR personnel as these tools will make it easier for them to understand the various aspects of ACA. However, not all these software products are equal in quality, so it is important to choose wisely and look for features which indicate a superior product. Below are some features to look for in any ACA software you’re considering purchasing.