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IRS Clarifies COVID-19 Relief Measures for Retirement Savers

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March 2020 ushered in several measures designed to help IRA and retirement plan account holders cope with financial fallout from the virus. The rules were welcome relief to many people, but left questions about the details unanswered. In late June, the IRS released Notices 2020-50 and 2020-51, which shed light on these outstanding issues.

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IRS Outlines Changes to Health-Care Spending Rules Under CARES Act

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The IRS provided COVID-19 guidance for health Flexible Spending Arrangements and section 125 cafeteria plans related to high-deductible health plans through Notice 2020-29. The amended rules under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provide flexibility for health-care spending related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the CARES Act, a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) can temporarily cover telehealth and other remote care services without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum annual deductible otherwise required by law. The CARES Act also modifies the rules for "qualified medical expenses" that are reimbursable in various tax-advantaged accounts. 

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2019 IRA Contribution Deadline Has Been Extended

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Due to the coronavirus tax filing extension, there's still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2019. You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $6,000 for 2019 ($7,000 if you were age 50 or older on December 31, 2019). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2019 is July 15, 2020.

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Small Businesses Eligible for Numerous Relief Programs During COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Throughout March 2020, as it became increasingly evident that the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic would be both profound and prolonged, Congress passed several pieces of legislation with provisions to help small businesses shore up their coffers and keep employees on the payroll. Within a few weeks, initial funding for the two cornerstone programs, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, ran dry. Many of the nation's small businesses discovered they were shut out after submitting applications. On April 24, the president signed additional legislation, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, to increase the amount of aid available to small businesses during the crisis. However, industry insiders expect the funding to be depleted quickly once again.

Regardless of the status of these programs, business owners should familiarize themselves with all available aid to help ensure they are taking maximum advantage of the new laws, as well as other potential resources

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Option to Skip Your RMDs in 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

As you know, we (both as individuals and as a country) have gone through many changes lately due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus and federal lawmakers’ response to it via the CARES Act. One of those changes is really important to retirees, and it has to do with Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Historically, anyone older than 70.5 was required to withdraw a certain amount each year from their retirement accounts, or be subject to a penalty from the IRS. The RMDs were an absolute requirement, regardless of whether you actually needed the money in-hand or not. In 2019, the rules changed slightly, and raised the age for beginning RMDs to 72.

Now, though, and at least for the remainder of 2020, you do NOT have to take those RMDs. And if you were required to start taking your first year of RMDs in 2019, but still hadn’t taken them by April 1, 2020, you can skip the 2019 withdrawal too. This way, the money can stay in your tax-advantaged retirement accounts and continue to grow or recover with the market. No deadlines to miss, no penalties to pay, and one less thing to think about during this very unusual time.

If you have questions about the new RMD rules, or are concerned in any way about your specific requirements for RMDs, we’re here to help. Please reach out!

Federal Student Loan Borrowers Get Expanded Relief in CARES Act

Friday, April 10, 2020

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, the largest economic stimulus bill in the history of the United States, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.1 Included in the legislation are new rules for student loan relief that supersede the rules that were announced only a week earlier by the Department of Education. For more information on both sets of rules, visit the federal student aid website.

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Breaking Down the CARES Act 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

As you know, the coronavirus pandemic has created both a health crisis and an economic crisis. To help address both, Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It’s a massive, $2 trillion stimulus package designed to help everything from hospitals, to individuals, to businesses large and small. This is major legislation. So, to help you understand what the CARES Act does, and how it will impact you, We are providing a special breakdown.

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Four Things Others Will Wish They Had Done…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When this is all over, what will I wish I had done?” This question really got us thinking. Investors are bombarded every day with opinions (informed or otherwise), data (informative or misleading), and news (real or fake). As a result, many investors have panicked. When the coronavirus pandemic resolves and the markets rebound, what will they wish they had done?

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