Tax savings for health care costs

Beginning in 2007, retired public safety officers, or those who have separated from service due to disability, get a tax break for health care costs. If you are a retired public safety officer,

such as a policeman, fireman, member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew, a member of a volunteer fire department, or a chaplain of a volunteer fire department, you may be eligible to exclude from income distributions from your governmental retirement plan that are used to pay health insurance premiums.

The exclusion is limited to the lesser of your actual health insurance premiums, or $3,000. The payment of the health insurance premiums must be made directly to the provider of the health insurance plan. The exclusion will not apply if the premiums are paid by you then reimbursed by the pension plan. This exclusion applies to distributions from governmental defined benefit plans or defined contribution plans, governmental 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plans, and governmental 457(b) eligible deferred compensation plans.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Employee Meals: When Does the 50-Percent Limit Apply?

    Don't reduce your deduction if you aren't required to

    In most cases, an employer is only allowed to deduct one-half of the expense that is paid to employees for meals. However, in some instances, the full amount is allowed.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • Personal Assets to a Business

    If you have contributed personal assets, such as a computer or vehicle to your business, the lower of the fair market value or your cost basis of these assets qualifies as a business deduction, subject to depreciation limitations, beginning with the date of conversion.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Summer Day Care

    What expenses qualify for the childcare credit?

    Parents who have children under the age of 13 are allowed a tax credit for childcare expenses paid so they can work. In the summer, many parents send their children to a structured day camp or an overnight camp for a week or two at a time. In most cases, the cost of sending your child to a camp of this nature does not qualify as a childcare expense, even if one of the reasons for sending the child is for care.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Organized Appointment

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