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New IRS Healthcare Law Website for Individuals and Businesses

The IRS has launched a new Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at IRS.gov/aca to educate individuals and businesses on how the health care law may affect them.

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The new home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers, and other organizations, with links and information for each group. The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond.

Topics include premium tax credits for individuals, new benefits and responsibilities for employers, and tax provisions for insurers, tax-exempt organizations and certain other business types.

Visitors to the new site will find information about the law and its provisions, legal guidance, the latest news, frequently asked questions and links to additional resources.

Several other federal agencies have a role in implementing the health care law, including the Department of Health and Human Services, which has primary responsibility. To help locate additional online resources from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration, the IRS has issued a new Web-based flyer – Healthcare Law Online Resources (Publication 5093).

Visit IRS.gov/aca for more information regarding the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Congress Looking At New Stuff To Tax

Congress is looking for potential sources of tax revenue and the list includes employer-paid healthcare, retirement plans, medicare and other potential sources.

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Reduce Your Taxes with Miscellaneous Deductions

IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2013-15, August 5, 2013

small IRS logo for bloggingIf you itemize deductions on your tax return, you may be able to deduct certain miscellaneous expenses. You may benefit from this because a tax deduction normally reduces your federal income tax.  Here are some things you should know about miscellaneous deductions:

Deductions Subject to the Two Percent Limit.  You can deduct most miscellaneous expenses only if they exceed two percent of your adjusted gross income. These include expenses such as: Continue reading

Affordable Care Act Provisions for Small Employers, Beginning October 1, 2013

Some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or health care law, apply only to small employers, generally those with fewer than 50 full-time employees or equivalents.

If you have fewer than 50 employees, but are a member of an ownership group with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees, you are subject to the rules for large employers.


  • Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, if you have 50 or fewer employees, you can purchase affordable insurance through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).
  • To learn more about how the Affordable Care Act may affect your business, visit HealthCare.gov.


  • Effective for calendar year 2015, if you provide self-insured health coverage to your employees, you must file an annual return reporting certain information for each employee you cover. This rule is optional for 2014. Learn more.
  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, you must withhold and report an additional 0.9 percent on employee wages or compensation that exceed $200,000. Learn more.
  • You may be required to report the value of the health insurance coverage you provided to each employee on his or her Form W-2.

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R. Patrick Michael, EA, continues to provide tax preparation and financial consultation services since 1978.  Pat can be reached at  619-589-8680


IRS revises Guidance on W-2 reporting of Group Health Insurance Costs

Employers need to understand the latest IRS pertaining to the ACA, what their obligations are and have systems in place for tracking and calculating reportable costs. For many, the reporting requirement became effective for the 2012 tax year— but for qualifying small employers (filing less than 250 W-2’s) many of these obligations will take effect for the 2013 tax year.   Continue reading

Personal Home? Tax Home? What’s the Difference?

Did you know that your personal home is not your tax home? 

“Your tax deductions, tax strategies, and tax records hinge on the following federal income tax defined terms: Personal Home, Tax Home, Business Travel, Business Transportation.”¹

Do you know the definition and differences?   Continue reading

Tips to Start Planning Next Year’s Tax Return

IRS Tax Tip 2013-62, April 24, 2013

For most taxpayers, the tax deadline has passed. But planning for next year can start now. The IRS reminds taxpayers that being organized and planning ahead can save time and money in 2014. Here are six things you can do now to make next April 15 easier. Continue reading