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Clarification of IRS Notice 221-31 and COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

On Tuesday May 19, IRS released Notice 2021-31.  This notice provides a series of questions and answers to address many issues that have arisen with respect to COBRA premium assistance available for COBRA continuation coverage under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Generally, the questions and answers apply for purposes of all COBRA continuation coverage…
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IRS Releases 2022 HSA Contribution Amounts and Excepted Benefit HRA Maximum Benefits

The IRS recently issued new 2022 contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSA), which represent the total amount of tax-advantaged dollars that participants can deposit into these accounts. Likewise, the IRS also issued new limits for high-deductible health plans (HDHP) to indicate the total amount individuals and families can expect to spend out-of-pocket on health…
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IRS Extends Time to Make IRA, HSA Contributions and File Forms 1040

On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021. The Notice, issued as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, follows a prior IRS extension (also to May 17, 2021) of the federal income tax filing…
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Amounts Paid for Certain Personal Protective Equipment Treated as Medical Expenses Announcement

Announcement 2021-7 notifies taxpayers that amounts paid for personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 PPE) are treated as amounts paid for medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, amounts paid by an…
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The Desk Edit

The @Home Edit@ craze took over Instagram newsfeeds in recent months. Followers of this organizational powerhouse posted pictures of perfectly organiz

MOOCs: Free, Ivy-League Education

The quote @once you stop learning, you start dying@ is attributed to the great inventor Albert Einstein. The sentiment is a good reminder for those wh

New Guidance on the End of the COVID-19 Outbreak Period

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Notice 2021-01, which provides that the outbreak period

Leading through Burnout

The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded its definition of burnout as an @occupational phenomenon,@ giving credence to a set of conditions that ma

Mentoring Program Mishaps – Avoid These Common Pitfalls

Influential business leaders often thank mentors for support in reaching their goals. Sheryl Sandburg credits Ariana Huffington. Mark Zuckerberg was m

The Ketchup Question: Building Diverse Teams

@It@s the right thing to do.@ This simple conclusion was an early driver for HR professionals and hiring managers to add diversity initiatives to thei