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IRS Announces 2022 Medical Mileage Rate

The IRS announced the 2022 medical mileage rate for taxpayers who deduct the cost of operating a vehicle for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes when filing their taxes. The new rate is $.18 per mile, which is an increase from the 2021 rate of $.16. You can read the full text of this IRS...

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Ameriflex is often asked how to calculate COBRA premiums for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA). The section that immediately follows details a common method for calculating COBRA premiums for HRAs with little to no previous claims experience, while this alone may be satisfactory to many plan administrators; we strongly suggest reading the entire document for a…

CARES Act Updates April 6, 2020

In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Secutiry Act. This page contains news, videos and Frequently Asked Questions about the CARES Act. April 6, 2020 – WASHINGTON – The CARES Act includes the Paycheck Protection Program, which guarantees loans to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Ameriflex Senior Counsel, Donna Wilkinson, explains the details in…

Keep your employees safe and financially secure when disaster strikes Under IRS Code Section 139, a Qualified Disaster Relief (QDR) account gives employers the ability to reimburse their employees for disaster-related expenses resulting from COVID-19 on a pre-tax basis. Employers may make payments to cover the increased per-employee costs such as: Personal, family, living or funeral expenses…

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), it’s likely you’ve received an email requesting a receipt for a purchase you made – even for an expense that was perfectly eligible. You may be asking yourself, “Why was my card approved but now you want me to prove my…

You’ve seen this movie a thousand times. There’s only a handful of weeks left in the plan year, and unless your employer offers an FSA rollover, you’re rushing to use any money you still have in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or it will be forfeited. If you’re like the 44% of people surveyed who…

If you are in the business of selling, providing, or administering tax-advantaged health plans, you likely already understand the benefits of a flexible spending account (FSA). But for the millions of people who don’t, the benefits can seem rather unsubstantial. That’s why it is your job to articulate these benefits in a way that people…

Nationwide, many employers are choosing to offer HSAs and HSA-qualified high-deductible health plans. However, employers and employees often have several questions regarding adding an HSA into the mix. Read on to learn the top things you need to know before introducing a successful HSA offering. Q1. What’s the best way to communicate an HSA offering?…

At an orientation session for my first real job out of college, many (many) years ago, an HR manager explained to our new hire class the benefit of investing in the company 401(k) plan. For a 20-something living paycheck to paycheck, seeing any dollar amount, no matter how small, disappear into an investment vehicle instead…

There are three common types of savings account plans employees choose from, depending on what’s offered under their employer’s benefit plan. They are: Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Health Savings Account (HSA) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Although they each have their own unique benefits, they are all alike in that they are tax-advantaged. In plain English,…

The provisions of the federal COBRA law provide a valuable benefit to employees. The COBRA acronym is shorthand for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. It requires employers of 20 or more employees who provide healthcare benefits to offer the option of continuing this coverage to individuals who would otherwise lose their benefits…