Medi-Cal is the state of California’s version of Medicaid, a state and federally funded health insurance program that assists in the necessary care of low-income families and seniors. One of the benefits in qualifying for Medi-Cal is the access to long-term care insurance. Recent research has indicated that 70% of people who are 65 years or older will need long-term care insurance at one point in their life. In 2014, the national average for assisted living rates was $3,500, while the median retirement income was only $2, 925 a month. Without access to long-term care insurance, the average retiree would be hard pressed to afford the necessary care.
Summary: Trade globalization combined with implementation of anti-money laundering regulations for financial institutions, resulted in the growing number of the trade-based money laundering (TBML) activities. While several preventive measures are in place, TBML is still hard to detect or control.
Summary: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not require that offshore real estate be reported as a foreign financial asset such as a personal residence or a rental property held by an American expatriate or a United States Government employee working overseas. It is only when the real estate is held through a foreign entity that the interest in the entity needs to be specified and reported as foreign financial asset if the total value of all specified foreign financial assets is greater than the applicable reporting threshold. American expatriates and federal government employees working overseas must report any gain realized through the sale of foreign real estate to the IRS. These employees, who own and occupy offshore homes, are taxed the same as having domestic real estate with the exception of depreciation, which must be over 40 years. These taxpayers may claim the principal residence exclusion if they own and occupy their home for at least two years out of the five years prior to its date of sale with certain exceptions allowed. The foreign housing exclusion applies only to amounts paid for with employer-provided amounts, whereas the foreign housing deduction applies only to amounts paid for with self-employment earnings.
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The gross income of United States (U.S.) citizens and resident aliens is taxable on a worldwide basis. In most cases, compensation for personal services such as employer payments for housing expenses is fully taxable as an employee fringe benefit unless specifically excluded from taxation. However, there are exceptions to the taxation of housing allowances such as the special rules for members of the clergy or Peace Corps volunteers.
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We all make mistakes. But if you make a mistake on your tax return, the IRS may need to contact you to correct it. That will delay your refund.
A 529 is a plan operated by a state or educational institution, with tax advantages and potentially other incentives to make it easier to save for college and other post-secondary training for a designated beneficiary, such as a child or grandchild. Earnings are not subject to federal tax and generally not subject to state tax when used for the qualified education expenses of the designated beneficiary, such as tuition, fees, books, as well as room and board. Contributions to a 529 plan, however, are not deductible.
The trustee must adhere to the trust provisions and the Uniform Trust Code when evaluating investments, distributions, as well as the termination of the trust.
Diversification provides performance while also reducing unsystematic risk. There are two types of investment strategies which are used to provide this diversification: the Prudent Investor Rule or Legal List.