Newsletter: Benefit Beat
Topic: Benefit Beat
Article Date: 11/6/2008
2009 Cost of Living Adjustments Applicable to Various IRS Benefits, Social Security, and Medicare
In Revenue Procedure 2008-66, the IRS released several cost of living adjustments for various benefits. Following are amounts applicable to tax years beginning in 2009.
Please note that the 2009 annual limits applicable to health savings accounts were released earlier this year (seeHSA Limits for 2009 from the May 2008 Benefit Beat).
Archer Medical Savings Accounts
The annual deductible limit of a HDHP and out-of-pocket expense limit in an Archer medical savings account for 2009 are:
Transportation expenses reimbursed by an employer under a qualified transportation program (IRC §132(f)) are:
New Qualified Bicycle Fringe Benefit. The recently enacted Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) provides for a new type of qualified transportation benefit in the form of reimbursement for use of a bicycle. Beginning January 1, 2009, employees who regularly use their bicycles for a substantial portion of travel between home and place of employment are eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $20 per month ($240 annually) for qualified bicycle expenses. Such qualified expenses include the purchase of the bicycle, plus improvements, repair, and storage costs.
Long-Term Care Premiums
The IRS limitations relating to eligible long-term care premiums includible as medical care, as defined in IRC §213(d).
Adoption Assistance Programs
For purposes of adoption assistance programs (IRC §137), the exclusion limit and AGI phase-out limits for 2009 are:
2009 Social Security COLAs
For 2009, the Social Security wage base will be $106,800, up from $102,000 in 2008. The Medicare tax is generally assessed on all wages. The combined tax rate remains at 7.65% (the Social Security portion is 6.2% on wages up to the applicable maximum taxable amount; the Medicare portion is 1.45% on all wages). SSA Fact Sheet of 2009 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments.
2009 Medicare Premium and Deductible Rates
The information contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended to be legal, accounting, or other professional advice, nor are these comments directed to specific situations.
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