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Enhanced Child Tax Credit for 2021

If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit. (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not qualifying children.) The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 makes substantial, temporary improvements to the child tax credit for 2021, which may increase the amount you might receive.

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021

Many IRA and retirement plan limits are indexed for inflation each year. While some of the limits remain unchanged for 2021, other key numbers have increased.

IRA contribution limits 

The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA in 2021 is $6,000 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2020. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains $1,000. You can contribute to both a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA in 2021, but your total contributions cannot exceed these annual limits.

The IRS Releases Two New Healthcare Notices

Dear Brooks Financial Group (BFG) Family,

 

On May 12, the IRS released two notices allowing employees during 2020 to make changes to their enrollments in employer-sponsored health plans, and to adjust pre-tax contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care flexible spending accounts (Dependent Care FSAs).

Due Date for Federal Income Tax Returns and Payments Postponed to July 15

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the due date for filing federal income tax returns and making tax payments has been postponed by the IRS from Wednesday, April 15, 2020, to Wednesday, July 15, 2020. No interest, penalties, or additions to tax  will be incurred by taxpayers during this 90-day relief period for any return or payment postponed under this relief provision.

BFG Benefits Brief and HR Newsletter - January 2020

Upcoming Group Health Plan Compliance Dates

Flag photoEmployers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans.

1040 Postmortem: Making Sense of Your Taxes and Withholding

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which passed in December 2017, made fundamental changes to the U.S. tax code, and 2018 returns were the first time most taxpayers could see the practical impact of these changes.

The Fed Hits the Brakes: No Rate Hikes Projected in 2019

At its meeting on March 20, 2019, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) maintained the benchmark federal funds rate at the target range of 2.25% to 2.50% that was set in December 2018. This in itself was not surprising. But other communications signaled a definite hiatus in the Fed's policy of raising interest rates and tightening the money supply.1

BFG Benefits Brief and HR Newsletter

Health FSA Limit to Increase in 2019

calendarThe ACA imposes a dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Funded Health Plans

With the increased interest in self-funded health plans, it’s good to know the advantages and disadvantages.  Learn more with this short video.