Benefits

A new Section 199A of the 2017 Tax Act passed by Congress in December of that year enables small business owners--especially sole proprietors, subchapter S corporations, and partnerships--to get up to a 20% deduction of qualified business income if they have total income below certain thresholds.

Posted on August 16, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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401(k), 
Benefits, 
Blog, 
Defined Contribution Plan, 
Retirement Plans, 
Team Rewards

Gary Kushner, President and CEO of Kushner & Company was interviewed by Workforce Management magazine during the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference in Chicago about the most often missed items in employers' compliance with the ACA.

Posted on July 2, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Accountability, 
Benefits, 
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ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
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HR Outsourcing, 
Team Rewards, 
Total Rewards

Starting in 2007, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA) requires that the IRS release the upcoming year’s new HSA limits prior to June 1st.

Posted on May 14, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
Health and Welfare Team, 
Health Savings Accounts (HSA), 
HR Compliance, 
Team Rewards

In May, 2017, the IRS released the 2018 HSA contributions limits in Rev Proc 2017-37, amongst other HSA-related indexed numbers, stating that the maximum contribution for those in family HDHP coverage would be $6,900.

Posted on April 26, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
Health Savings Accounts (HSA), 
HR Compliance, 
HR Outsourcing, 
Summary Plan Descriptions, 
Team Rewards

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, created a new business credit for employers that offer paid family and medical leave and which are subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).

Posted on April 16, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Work / Life Balance

On March 5, 2018, the IRS published Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) 2018-10. Effective for calendar year 2018, the family contribution limit for HSAs has been lowered to $6,850 from the previously set amount of $6,900.

Posted on March 6, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
Health and Welfare Team, 
Health Savings Accounts (HSA), 
Team Rewards

The three week extension of the federal budget resolving the shutdown from January 19th through 22nd also contained a delay of the Cadillac Tax from 2020 to 2022.

Posted on January 23, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
Health and Welfare Team, 
Team Rewards

When small employers make operational errors in their 401(k) or other retirement plans, and before the IRS or DOL provide a notice of an audit, the employer has the ability to self-correct under two different IRS programs.

Posted on January 9, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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401(k), 
Benefits, 
Blog, 
Cash Balance, 
Combo Plans, 
Compensation, 
Defined Contribution Plan, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
HR Compliance, 
HR Outsourcing, 
IRS Form 5500 Services (RPS), 
Plan Document Services (RPS), 
Profit Sharing, 
Retirement Plans, 
Team Rewards

Under the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, employer-provided transportation benefits are somewhat pared back beginning in 2018.

Posted on January 3, 2018 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
Commuter Benefits, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
Health and Welfare Team, 
HR Compliance, 
HR Outsourcing, 
Team Rewards

The employer mandate, sometimes known as the “play or pay” clause of the ACA, imposes penalties on Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) if any of their full-time employees purchases individual coverage at the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as an Exchange) and receives a premium tax credit.

Posted on November 16, 2017 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
ERISA-ACA Compliance, 
FSA / HSA / HRA

Kushner & Company President and CEO Gary Kushner was recently highlighted in SHRM's video series HR Storytellers.

Posted on October 31, 2017 By Kushner & Company, Consulting Services
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Benefits, 
Blog, 
HR Compliance, 
HR Outsourcing, 
HR Policies and Procedures, 
Talent Aquisition Strategies, 
Talent Management, 
Team Development, 
Team Management, 
Team Performance, 
Team Rewards

With IRS Notice 2017-64, we now have the applicable retirement and health and welfare benefit limits for 2018. Many (but not all) have increased from 2017. Earlier this year, the IRS announced the 2018 Health Savings Account (HSA) limits and plan designs.

Posted on October 23, 2017 By Gary B. Kushner, SPHR, CBP, President and CEO
Categories: 
401(k), 
Benefits, 
Blog, 
Combo Plans, 
Defined Contribution Plan, 
FSA / HSA / HRA, 
Health and Welfare Team, 
Health Savings Accounts (HSA), 
HR Compliance, 
HR Outsourcing, 
Retirement Plans, 
Team Rewards