Category Archives: Health Insurance

COBRA Assistance Repayment

Today TaxMama hears from Dan in Massachusetts with this question. “The new COBRA premium assistance is phased out if the employee’s AGI is greater then $145K. It must be paid back when the employee files their taxes. How does the employee know what the premium assistance was?”

Alert for COBRA subsidy recipients

Courtesy of the IRS COBRA subsidy recipients who later become eligible for insurance coverage should notify their former employer to avoid a penalty Individuals who have qualified and received the 65 percent subsidy for COBRA health insurance, due to involuntary termination from a prior job, should notify their former employer if they become eligible for […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 512 – To Your Health

Dear Family, Earlier this week Brent Clanton (www.cnn650.com )and I were discussing the proposed batch of tax legislation facing Congress this month. One of the ways the Legislature and President Obama propose to pay for the health insurance and other tax breaks is to tax the ‘rich’ – those earning over $250,000. Sounds like a […]

Adoption Subsidy

Today TaxMama hears from Ben in Ohio who tells us, “In 2006 my son adopted a Downs Syndrome child. He receives a state subsidy from Ohio each month for those who adopt special needs kids. We don’t know if this is taxable income. “

S Corporation and Health Insurance for Shareholders

IRS Notice 08-01, recently released, discusses the treatments of various arrangements of health insurance in connection with an S Corporation and its 2% shareholder/employees. This Notice clarifies an issue from two years ago. First ­ a review of law involving the health insurance deductions. Section 162(l) permits a self-employed person, a partner, and an S […]

Military COBRA

Today we hear from Liz in Georgia who asks, “Is it true that the U.S. Military does not have to follow the 36 month COBRA rules in a divorce? My brother in law tells me that when his divorce is final, his wife will not get COBRA for 36 months – that her benefits will […]

Sick and Divorced

Today we hear from Karen in PA who tells us, “ I just got divorced. I am entitled to $40,000 of hubby’s 401(k). I’m permanently disabled and haven’t worked since 2003. I need this money for necessities, but don’t want to pay early withdrawal or tax penalties. Because I’m disabled and receive a pittance from […]

Over 65 and Working

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in New York City who’s got this question. “If you’re 65 or older and still working, does it still pay to open an IRA and get insurance coverage in case of disability? I have neither.”