Public Safety Officers Get a Tax Break

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

Starting Your Own Business?

Here are a few quick tips to help you reduce taxes

Open a separate business checking account. Many small business owners don't realize the complications that can arise from using their personal checking account to pay for business expenses. If business expenses are mixed in with personal expenses, the IRS may disallow them.

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Small Business Quick Tip

Employer Provided Education

Employer-provided education assistance benefits of $5,250 provided under a written plan are excludable from wages. The education doesn't need to be job-related to qualify.
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Tax Tips Personal

Naming a Beneficiary to Your Retirement Plan

Nonspouse beneficiaries have new options

If you are the beneficiary of a decedent's qualified retirement plan, and you are not the spouse of the decedent, you now have additional options for distributions. In the past, only a spouse beneficiary was permitted to roll the account into an IRA. Now, beginning in 2007,

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Personal Quick Tip

IRA for Children

If your child has earned income from a summer job, you may want to consider opening an IRA for him or her. There is no minimum age for contributing to an IRA. The only requirement is that the person making the contribution has earned income and has not reached age 70 1/2.