Employer News | May 2014

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HSA Inflation Adjustments

Health Savings Account

For employers who administer health benefits, Revenue Procedure 2014-30 [PDF] provides the 2015 inflation adjusted deduction limitations for annual contributions made to a health savings account (HSA) under section 223 of the Internal Revenue Code. These deduction limitations are updated annually pursuant to section 223(g) to reflect cost-of-living adjustments.

Source: IRS

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IRS Seeks Applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). IRSAC’s purpose is to provide an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss relevant federal tax administration issues. IRSAC members submit a report to the IRS Commissioner annually at a public meeting in the fall.

Applications will be accepted through June 13, 2014. Learn more...

Source: IRS

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Social Security Halts Referrals of Certain Debts to Treasury Offset Program


In 2008, there was a change in the law that eliminated the statute of limitations related to the Treasury Offset Program. This change allows Federal agencies to refer debts that are more than 10 years old to the Treasury Offset Program for collection. The Social Security Administration takes a number of steps to notify individuals of potential adverse actions before attempting to recover delinquent debts. Pending a thorough review of the Administration's responsibility and discretion under the law to collect these over-payments, the Administration has halted further referrals of debts that are 10 years old and older to the Treasury Offset Program.

To be clear, Social Security does not refer the following to the Treasury Offset Program:

  • Children with over-payments established prior to the age of 18,
  • Debt that previously belonged to a parent or other relative, or
  • Deceased debtors.

If any Social Security or Supplemental Security Income beneficiary believes his or her tax refund has been withheld incorrectly to recover an over-payment under this program, they are encouraged to request an explanation or seek options to resolve the over-payment. Inquiries may be directed to the Social Securities' toll-free number, (800) 772-1213, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. People who are hearing impaired may call the toll-free TTY number, (800) 325-0778.

Review a statement concerning this issue. 

Source: Social Security Administration

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IRS Webinar: Cafeteria Plans and Cash-in-Lieu

Employer Webinar

The Pacific Area Group, Federal, State & Local Governments (FSLG), is presenting a free Webinar where you can learn about Cafeteria Plans and Cash-in-Lieu on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Join the meeting and enter the following participant code: 22656174.

Email your questions to: te.ge.fslg.outreach@irs.gov  

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