What does the new, federal health care law, the Affordable Care Act, mean for seniors? How will it affect Medicare recipients? Throughout the health care reform debate of the past few years, Medicare has been a significant issue. The Affordable Care Act (“Act”), the law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this spring, seeks to provide better quality and more affordable care to seniors and Medicare recipients. [Read more…]
Obama’s Middle Class Task Force Recommendations Include Caregiver Initiative and Retirement Funds Security
One year ago, President Obama appointed a Task Force on the Middle Class to create a plan to help middle class families get back on their feet and bring our economy out of recession. Recently, this task force announced its recommendations, which included a $102.5 million Caregiver Initiative, and a plan to secure your retirement funds. [Read more…]
Congress Begins to Work on the Federal Estate Tax
Experts view the current Federal Estate Tax system as a ticking time bomb. Some don’t consider planning for estate taxes because the 2009 threshold is set at $3.5 million. In other words, if you die in 2009 owning less than $3.5 million in total assets, you are not subject to a Federal Estate Tax.
If you die in 2010, as the law currently is written, no one owes estate tax, even if they had one hundred billion dollars (Dr. Evil reference, couldn’t resist). But here’s the rub: if you pass in 2011, the threshold reverts back to $1 million dollars. [Read more…]