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Tax

IRS: Assess Changes Now That May Affect Your Premium Tax Credit

Certain “changes in circumstances,” such as in household income or family size, could alter how much eligible taxpayers receive in health insurance premium tax credits, the IRS cautioned on Friday.
A&A

Fitch: IFRS Adoption in the US Unlikely

As the FASB and the IASB continue to move away from full convergence of their standards, the prospects of international accounting rules being fully adopted in the US in the near future are growing less likely, according to a Fitch Ratings report.
Practice

Change May Come for Disaster Insurance

Legislation coming out of D.C. just might reduce homeowners' burden for disaster insurance. Think of it as a 401(k) plan for your home that covers preventive and rebuilding costs.
A&A

Two GASB Insurance-Related Standards Receive Good Review

A post-implementation review of two accounting standards that were established to improve the consistency and comparability of reporting US state and local governments' insurance activities concluded that the standards achieve their purposes.
Tax

Study: Tax Credits for Obamacare Expected to Average $2,700

Americans who currently purchase their own health insurance through the individual market would receive tax credits averaging nearly $2,700 next year for coverage purchased through new insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Practice

Loss Prevention for Accountants: Avoiding Malpractice, Litigation while Keeping Your Clients Happy

The accounting profession first became a lucrative target for plaintiffs' lawyers after the savings and loan industry collapsed in the mid-1980s, and little has changed since then.
A&A

Uncertain Prognosis: Industries Impacted by Health Care Reform

With key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kicking in soon, industries navigating through a new health care environment present opportunities for accountants.
Tax

Bipartisan Bill Would Adjust Tax Liability for Mutual Insurers

Two Iowa lawmakers led a bipartisan group of five senators in introducing a bill on July 23 that would increase the alternative tax liability limitation for small property and casualty insurance companies.
Tax

Limits of Health Savings Accounts to Increase in 2014

For calendar year 2014, the annual limitation on deductions under §223(b)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code for an individual with self-only coverage under a high-deductible health plan is $3,300, up from $3,250 in 2013.
Tax

2013 Health Care Reform Checklist

The following checklist is intended to provide a list of common steps that plan sponsors should consider in preparing for compliance with health care reform for 2013 and later years.
A&A

Health Care Reform: Financial Impact 2013 and Beyond

As the third year of the PPACA approaches, employers need to be aware of additional fees that will be assessed on insurers and plan administrators of self-insured plans beginning in 2013.
Tax

Accountants Debate How to Advise Clients on Health Care Act

While the IRS is telling congressional leaders that it won't enforce the requirement under the new health care law that Americans buy insurance, accountants are considering how to advise their clients.
Practice

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.
A&A

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.
Practice

Weighing In on Employee Benefit Plans

MetLife has released its "Tenth Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends," the results of which confirm that despite uncertain and shifting times, the potential of benefits to help attract and retain talent and improve employee productivity are stronger than ever.
Practice

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.
A&A

Insurance Standard Proposals Are Fatally Flawed and Unworkable

Speaking at the AICPA/IFRS Foundation Conference on International Financial Reporting Standards in Boston recently, Jerry de St. Paer, executive chair, Group of North American Insurance Enterprises (GNAIE), said the current proposals and timelines advanced by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) contain fatal flaws.

Five questions to ask in your financial tune up

Accountants from the Texas Society of CPAs have put together a collection of five key questions to ask yourself when doing a review of your personal finances.
A&A

What to tell your clients as health care reform takes effect

Love it or hate it, your business clients have known for six months that the first bells of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) soon would begin to toll.
Practice

Employers shift health care costs to employees

Workers on average are paying nearly $4,000 this year toward the cost of family health coverage - an increase of 14 percent, or $482, above what they paid last year, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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