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    CPA (passed on 1st attempt), MBA, Graduate degree in banking - major: financial management & control, NASB Stock Broker Series 7 License, Life, Accident & Health Ins License. Private practice since 1995. Technology nut. Disability advocate.

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  1. Crank

    HSA Distribution

    Thanks This seems like a possibility. Im also thinking could this possibly be COBRA? Hopefully others can help with this.
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    HSA Distribution

    No it is not.
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    HSA Distribution

    Thanks The only thing I can think of is that the company may be required to provide health coverage to it employees. Since he is technically still an employee. Is that a thing? Or required to provide it to him since he is classified as an employee. I dont think they are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts for the past 16 years and to continue for the next 7 years until he turns 65. The same with continuing to accrue pension benefits at the salary rate for the same 23 year period. I really dont know and Im at a loss as to where to find a definitive answer.
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    HSA Distribution

    Jack: Pub 969 allows 4 exceptions for health insurance premiums and an HSA #2 is the health continuation coverage which I believe this could be. jlkcpa: They still classify him as an employee and he is treated as such except for the salary. He buys the same benefits offered to paid employees at the same cost from the company. This isnt COBRA. He has been in this situation for the past 16 years and receives the same w2 every year. This is the first year he inquired about using the HSA to pay the premium. Isnt this a type of "continuation of coverage", as noted in exception #2 in pub 969? I cant find any more information on what that is except for the note which says "such as COBRA)
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    HSA Distribution

    Need some opinions. Client is considering an HSA withdrawal for medical insurance premiums. Im a bit perplexed after reading pub 969. Specifically the exception for "Health Care Continuation Coverage (such as COBRA)" Client was employed in a large S&P 500 company in which his premiums were deducted pre-tax. He became disabled and is now considered an "Employee on long term disability". He no longer receives a salary but buys the same benefits that employees get at employee prices by paying out of pocket. He has to go through the open enrollment process every year the same as every other employee. He continues to accrue pension benefits at the rate of salary as of when he became disabled until he reaches retirement age (i.e. age 65). So I believe he IS an employee. He does receive a W2 ONLY for imputed income on company provided life insurance and Box 12, Code DD shows the cost of his health insurance. The only reason is benefits aren't pre-tax is because he doesn't receive a salary to offset the cost of the benefits. Im leaning towards him being allowed to pay for these benefits with the HSA that was provided with the High Deductible Health plan he purchases through the company. Im struggling to justify it with pub 969 and the "Health Care Continuation Coverage (such as COBRA)" premium exception. Could he do this? Am i looking at the correct exception or is there another reason to justify it? It doesnt seem fair that he be penalized just because the doesnt draw a taxable salary to offset the cost of the premiums. What are everyones thoughts? Thanks.
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    desktop purchase advice

    I buy my PCs from cyberpower. It marketed as a gaming PC site but its really just high end. You can configure almost every component with almost all having several options. I too go for faster processors and more ram so I can get more years out of the machine. My current 250GB SSD (C:\) has 188GB out of 232GB free. I only have windows and ATX (2013-2018) on it. Backups of ATX are pointed to the HDD (D:\)
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    desktop purchase advice

    If anyone is looking at a PC that has both an SSD & a HDD be aware that ATX will ONLY install to the C:\ drive. In my case I have a 250GB SSD (C:\) and a 1GB HDD (D:\) Having several years of ATX tax software will fill up a 250GB drive fairly fast when including backups. Windows & ATX are the only programs on my SSD (C:\) all others are installed to the HDD (D:\) if they allow it.
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    Your fee

    Only ever had one. 22 yo kid. I passed on the bank charge.
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    Summer Gathering

    I wish I could attend but unfortunately I can not. Hope everyone has a great time!
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    1040 PostCard

    Hmmm, maybe I should cancel my tax package order
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    It's time for a new printer

    Where are you getting your toner. From amazon and ebay I usually only get <1500 pages from the "high capacity" carts.
  12. However, with the federal penalty gone as of 2019 the necessary calculations will need to be handled on the state return. Seems like it could be a lot more work for the state return. Also, could be possible that a lot of people wont realize that it will impact them on the state level thinking its been repealed.
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    It's time for a new printer

    Yep. I have had the HL-2270DW for about 5 years now and had another Brother model for about the prior 5 year period. I usually use Staple Multiuse paper which is fairly inexpensive and havent had any problems. I like Brother because I can find inexpensive 3rd party toner. Used HP previously but felt both the printer and the toner were too expensive.
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    Renewing this month?

    Email from my ATX rep today and she said it was an "online" promo and she couldnt give it to me. So you had to log onto the ATX website to see this promo?
  15. Exactly. If its anything like the federal a lot of people arent going to be very happy with the cost to prepare just their NJ state return not to mention the addition of a large penalty. If this catches on it would really add to the cost of a lot of states tax prep.