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Mary Ellen Schill
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Wausau Office
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Treasury Department Delays Employer Mandate for Small Employers; Lower Threshold for Avoiding Penalties

Posted on February 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This afternoon the Treasury Department announced that employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), but less than 100 FTEs, will not have to comply with the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act until 2016. The determination of w…

Get Your 2015 Health Savings Account Limits Here!

Posted on June 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Sorry to be a little late to the Ruder Ware tax blog party, but I have arrived bringing a nice housewarming present. Let's just say I'm re-gifting an earlier article I posted on our website back in April. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax creatures …

IRS Issues 2015 Limits for Qualified Plans

Posted on October 23, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Autumn brings two things, at least in Wisconsin. Lots of leaves on your lawn, and the IRS announcement of the contribution and benefit limits applicable to qualified retirement plans for next year. Lets ignore the leaves for now, but the IRS limits we c…

IRS Issues Changes to Gas Reimbursement in 2015

Posted on December 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill recently authored an update detailing the changes.  2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Gas Goes Down, IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate Goes Up?

Posted on December 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This afternoon the IRS issued the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible cost for operating automobiles for various purposes (business, medical, charitable) beginning January 1, 2015. Details can be found here. Even with declining gasoline…

What Keeps Me up at Night About the Affordable Care Act?

Posted on February 3, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Expert? Guru? While I’d like to think that I merit those descriptions when it relates to the Affordable Care Act, I know for a fact that there is a lot about the ACA that, as they say, “keeps me up at night.” The practice of law is just that, practice, a…

IRS Announces HSA Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 4, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Each spring (or late winter for those of us lucky enough to be living in Wisconsin), the IRS adjusts the various maximums (and minimums) for health savings accounts for the upcoming calendar year. The tax code (Code Section 223 if you want to play along …

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in King v. Burwell – Subsidies Available in All States

Posted on June 25, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The United States Supreme Court just held in the King v. Burwell case that taxpayers in states that have not established their own exchange are still entitled to the premium assistance subsidies. Read more about the decision here.

2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 21, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Well, if you were hoping for a cost of living adjustment in the employee benefits part of your life, you aren’t going to get it from the 2016 qualified plan limits just issued by the IRS.  Here are the new limits.  Same as the old limits as you can see. …

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2016

Posted on December 21, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Falling gasoline prices have finally gotten the attention of the IRS!  Late last week the IRS issued the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible cost for operating automobiles for various purposes (business, medical, charitable) beginning J…

IRS Announces HSA Cost of Living Adjustments for 2017

Posted on May 2, 2016, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Late last week the IRS announced its adjustments to the health savings account limits for 2017.  These limits are adjusted annually by the IRS for “cost of living.”  Since the IRS rules for cost of living adjustments provide that adjustments are only mad…

Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land

Posted on September 1, 2016, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Effective tomorrow, September 2, 2016, new IRS final regulations will take effect which provide that for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” mean an individual lawfully married to another individual.  The terms “husband and wi…

IRS Finalizes Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Regulations

Posted on September 1, 2016, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

It took almost eleven months, and minimal comments from the public, but the IRS has now finalized its October 2015 regulations which recognized same-sex marriages as lawful marriages for purposes of the tax code.  More information on that found here Reco…

IRS Announces 2017 Qualified Plan Limits; Pumpkin Spice Inexplicably Lacking

Posted on October 27, 2016, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Late each October, the IRS gets around to announcing the cost of living adjustments for qualified plans for the upcoming year.  This year was no exception, and here they are [Plan Limits].   Unlike last year, 2017 brings some increases to the limits, lik…

2017 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Steady Gasoline Prices

Posted on December 13, 2016, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On December 13, 2016 the IRS issued its standard mileage rates for 2017.  Details can be found here.  Each year (sometimes more frequently than that in times of price volatility) the IRS announces the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible…

IRS Encourages Self-Assessment to Identify Fringe Benefit Errors

Posted on August 3, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

As much as I love tax law, filling out another tax form isn’t high on my list of fun things to do.  So when the IRS issues a form that isn’t legally required to complete, should you?  If you are an employer that provides one or more fringe benefits to yo…

2018 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base - Updated for New Taxable Wage Base

Posted on November 29, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Social Security Administration has revised its earlier pronouncement on the Taxable Wage Base for 2018.  The Taxable Wage Base will now be $128,400, not $128,700.  We have updated this blog post post accordingly (original publish date October 27, 20…

Simple IRA Retirement-saving Solution

Posted on December 4, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Ag-Visor

Workplace retirement programs play an important role in attracting and retaining employees, helping workers (and owners!) save, and provide significant tax advantages.  Employer contributions to “qualified” plans (like 401(k) plans) or IRA-based plans ar…

2018 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Rising Fuel Prices

Posted on December 15, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2018, and the increased rates reflect the increase in gasoline price…

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on March 7, 2018, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits).  Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can save/contribute.  But who would d…

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