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NYSSCPA Briefing on the Affordable Care Act

Two months after the Supreme Court decision that found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, compliance deadlines for the complex tax provisions that support the individual mandate are approaching rapidly.

Starting a Wellness Program in Your Company

With health insurance expenses expected to continue to rise, employers are looking for wellness programs that can potentially reduce the cost of health care to both the employer and the employee.

CPAs Examine Impact of Health Care Reform

Since the US Supreme Court decision to uphold the majority of provisions of the health care reform law, most small business owners, and the CPAs who serve them, have begun to scrutinize how the law will impact them when implemented in 2014.
Election 2012

Paul Ryan's Fiscal Policies under the Microscope

The Republican candidate for vice president, Paul Ryan, is a staunch conservative known for controversial fiscal policies. Would his proposals to reform the federal income tax and Medicare systems "destroy" or "save" the country, as some have claimed?

Health Care Law Decision - Uncertainty for Employers

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has answered the biggest question related to President Obama's health care law, employers now face the uncertainties of implementing it.

CPAs Examine Impact of Health Care Decision

The Supreme Court ruled to uphold much of the PPACA, which puts in motion the expansion of the health care system, including the individual mandate requiring all U.S. citizens to maintain minimum health care coverage or pay a penalty.

Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision this morning (June 28, 2012), upheld President Obama's health care law, declaring the individual mandate constitutional as a tax.

IRS Raises Limits for HSAs and HDHPs for 2013

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2012-26, the IRS has announced the new inflation-adjusted increases for Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) deductibles. These amounts apply to the 2013 calendar year.

KPMG Survey: New Excise Tax Will Hit Medical Device Companies Hard

Financial executives in the medical device manufacturing industry predict that a new excise tax and the burden of its related compliance costs will have a negative impact on their company bottom lines, according to a survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm.
Workplace Fitness

Hungry? Bring Healthy Snacks to the Office

Working eight or more hours a day can make it difficult to eat healthy snacks unless you plan ahead. Research shows that eating every four hours helps keep your metabolism charged and your energy level high, which leads to enhanced productivity.

Employers, Employees, and Even Society Benefit from Office Wellness Programs

Research shows that wellness programs are becoming more prevalent in the workplace, and for good reason. They offer benefits to employers and employees alike – it’s a win-win. Many studies and surveys attest to the value of wellness programs, including to society as a whole.

Update: Health Care Law under the Microscope

On March 30, the US Supreme Court held closed-door deliberations on President Obama's health care overhaul law. It is likely they cast their preliminary votes on how they will eventually rule. As the Supreme Court is known for keeping its secrets, no leaks are expected before formal opinions are written and announced from the bench. This is not expected until late June.

Demi Moore and Whitney Houston: Do Drugs and Tax Deductions Mix?

In the wake of her breakup with husband Ashton Kutcher last year, actress Demi Moore spiraled out of control, leading to extreme weight loss, convulsions, and other medical issues. Moore's camp isn't providing any details about her physical and mental condition, but we can assume she's receiving the care she needs.

KPMG to Offer Tax Offsets to LGBT Employees

KPMG LLP announced it now offers its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) partners and employees offsets for the additional federal and state tax costs incurred when they pay for same-sex domestic partner medical benefits. The tax equalization benefits will cover the 2012 tax year.
Workplace Fitness

IRS Gears Up for Health Care Law Appeals

The IRS is bracing itself for the implementation of the massive new health care legislation. A few select provisions in the Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, but the most controversial sections of the new law are not scheduled to kick in until 2014.

Treasury issues new guidelines on health insurance premium tax credits

The Department of the Treasury has released new proposed regulations providing guidance on upcoming health insurance premium tax credits.

CFOs speak out on economy, health care, wages, and benefits

In a national biannual survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers and senior comptrollers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, 54% of respondents say the best way to reduce the U.S. federal deficit is to reduce spending.

Year one, ObamaCare report card shows health care costs rising

As health care reform marks its one-year anniversary, a new Deloitte report reveals that consumers are spending $363 billion, or 14.7 percent more, on health care than traditionally reported in official government accounts.

The prescription for medical deductions

Do you have clients who need a clear explanation of how the medical deduction works? This article explains it all.

Department of Labor, SEC prepare to change definition of 'fiduciary' while AICPA balks

The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the government group responsible for educating Americans about how retirement and health and certain welfare plans work, has proposed that the definition of the term "fiduciary" be updated.


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