Don’t forget about the 2019 health insurance tax penalty in New Jersey

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December 15 is the enrollment deadline to avoid a potentially hefty tax penalty in 2019. For residents of most states, the federal tax penalty for not having health insurance disappears at the end of 2019.  This is known as the ‘individual mandate’. However, New Jersey residents are not off the hook. New Jersey residents are […]

Turn employee health expenses into tax savings

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Small business employers who do not offer an employee health plan are missing out on valuable tax savings. These small firms may be understandably nervous about offering employee health benefits. Less than half of small firms even try. We’ve heard about high costs of medical care and health insurance that rise year after year. This cab be […]

Ignoring tax and insurance law is a big deal

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The announcement today by Jeff Sessions that the U.S Justice Department will not defend parts of federal tax and insurance law related to health insurance is a big deal but not only for the reasons that most news reports (like this report from Reuters on the bizarre legal logic that the law is unconstitutional) are focusing […]

HRA for spouse of business owner?

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Can a business with only one employee – the spouse of the sole proprietor – be eligible for a Health Reimbursement Arrangement? I can not give that assurance but at least one popular tax speaker says that he can and you are welcome to rely on that advice. In this situation, I would prefer to […]

Health insurance for illegal immigrants

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It is well documented by multiple sources that illegal immigrants pay at least $12 Billion each year more in taxes that they receive in social benefits that the rest of us take for granted. These workers come to the U.S. legally, typically on short-term work visas, with the understanding that they pay regular U.S. wage taxes but do […]

Questions about a QSEHRA?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Health Insurance, payroll, Small Business, Taxes

Yesterday I was hired for a single consultation engagement for a small business in Silicon Valley to answer a few simple questions about setting up a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). This is a simple, low cost and highly effective way for a small business to save money on employee health costs in […]

How health care became a human right

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When I started in the health benefits advisory business more than 30 years ago (1987) through the predecessor of Freedom Benefits I strongly disagreed that health care was a “right”. My opinion was shared by the majority of Americans. But three things have happened since then and public opinion has shifted: 1) The wealth gap […]

More Q&As on the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSERHA)

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Small Business

I normally offer a free mini-consultation by telephone for prospective clients1. This allows us to get to know each other, prove that value provided will exceed the costs incurred, and lower risks of misunderstanding and miscommunication. But this week I had trouble connecting with a small business owner in California so we agreed to a […]

The Basics of Medicaid Planning

Posted Leave a commentPosted in estate plannng, Ethics, Financial Planning, Health and wellness, Health Insurance, Legal, Real Estate, Wealth Management

This blog post lists key issues in bullet format and is not intended as a complete discussion of any issue. A more thorough consideration is helpful for any aspect that may pertain to your family’s situation. Definition: “Medicaid planning” refers to the specialized field of financial planning that recognizes that it is possible to simultaneously keep financial assets while, […]

The latest on small business health plans

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With all of the tax hubbub lately small business owners and their advisors have had a tough time keeping up with all of the changes. Small business health plans have evolved through a rapid succession of changes over the past year and a half. Yet relatively few employers have taken the time to sort through […]