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2021 Dollar Limitations on Benefits and Contributions

With the release of Notice 2020-79 the IRS has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for pension plans and other related items for the 2021 tax year.

Special Needs Trusts

How do I provide for the anticipated future needs of my disabled child without compromising their ability to qualify for government benefits? A special needs trust (sometimes also called a supplemental needs trust) can be a way to bridge that gap.

What Happens If I Do Not Pay the Nursing Home?

Nonpayment of a nursing home can be an issue, especially during a period of ineligibility created by gifting. The questions becomes “Who will pay the invoice for the nursing home during this period?”

Protecting Home From Medicaid - Add Children to the Deed?

It is common for parents to want to deed their home to their children for a variety of reasons. Specific to Pennsylvania is the desire to avoid probate, probate fees and inheritance tax (even though probate in Pennsylvania is a relatively simple process).

Is Medicaid Going to Take My Home?

Under federal law, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is required to recover the Medical Assistance (MA) costs from the estates of decedents who received MA benefits during life. The official name is the Medical Assistance Estate Recovery Program.

How Does Medicaid Pay For My Care?

If an individual meets both the health and financial eligibility requirements, Medicaid pays the majority of costs for care services received at home or in a facility. Services provided in the home are under “Medicaid Waiver.”

What Is the 5-Year Look-Back Period for Medicaid?

A look-back period meant to prevent Medicaid applicants from giving away assets or receiving less than fair market value in order to meet Medicaid’s asset limit.

How Do I Qualify for Medicaid?

A number of requirements must be met in order for an applicant to become eligible for Medicaid to pay for the applicant’s long-term care.

Transferring Assets: In Trust or to Children?

What is the best way to structure the transfer? Should a client transfer assets into the names of one or more of their children (or other family members)? While person-to-person transfers can work in certain situations, it is more often preferable to transfer assets to a trust that will ultimately benefit the intended family members.

Hybrid Life Insurance: Combination of Long-Term Care and Life Insurance

A “combination” or “hybrid” life insurance policy incorporates a long-term care rider into a permanent life insurance policy.

Long-Term Care Insurance: The Basics

Questions arise when people consider their long-term care needs in the event of a chronic medical condition, disability or disorder. Close to the top of the list is “How do I pay for the medical assistance I will need?” One solution is to purchase a long-term care insurance policy.

What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a federal program which provides a public health insurance program for people with low income. It is the principal source of long-term care coverage in the United States.

New SBA FAQs #46 & #47 – Safe Harbor Guidance: The SBA Gets It (Partially) Right for Once

The SBA issued additional safe harbor guidance for PPP loans in FAQs #46 and #47 on May 13, 2020.

Top 10 PPP Loan Issues Needing More Guidance

In addition to the complicated rules and requirements to achieve maximum loan forgiveness, there are a number of open issues the SBA and Treasury must address in order to get a better (and more complete) picture on how a PPP loan borrower can get the best use and results from the PPP loan funds.

Deadline for Economic Furloughs

To effectuate an economic furlough, the board of directors of a school district must, no later than 60 days prior to the adoption of a final budget, adopt a resolution of intent to furlough professional employees in the following fiscal year. As school districts are required to adopt final budgets by June 30th, the possible last day to adopt the economic furlough resolution is May 1st.

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