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Many retired Americans live on fixed incomes. If you are in this group, you know there is little room in your budget to pay an unsecured creditor like a medical bill or credit card. Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you budget, a large unexpected expense can wreck your personal...
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The IRS Voluntary Compliance Settlement Program (VCSP): Does it Offer Employers Amnesty or Put a Target on Their Backs? The Answer ... Probably a Little Bit of Both
We first introduced you to the Voluntary Compliance Settlement Program (VCSP), a program launched on the on the heels of the IRS announcing its three-year plan to increase audits of independent contractors (Announcement 2011-64), last September. In that post, we discussed the potential advantages...
Recall that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) – the health care reform legislation passed in 2010 – originally required that group health plans implement automatic enrollment in 2014. The Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and...