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October 26, 2016    

Today, the Internal Revenue Service announced in Revenue Procedure 2016-55 the annual inflation adjustments for more than 40 tax provisions for 2017, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. This Revenue Procedure provides details about these annual adjustments. 

There are several benefit limitations for 2017 included: 

* The annual dollar limit on employee contributions to employer-sponsored healthcare flexible spending arrangements (FSA) increases to $2,600.

*The amount for the adoption credit or the amount excluded for adoption assistance allowed for an adoption of a child with special needs is  increased to $13,570.

*The dollar amount for employee health Insurance expense of small employers is $26,200. This used for the tax credit.

*The monthly limitation for qualified transportation fringe benefit regarding the aggregate fringe benefit exclusion amount for transportation in a commuter highway vehicle and any transit pass is $255.  The monthly limit for qualified parking remains at $255.

*The limitations regarding eligible long-term care premiums includible in the term "medical care," are increased as follows:

Attained Age Before the Close of the Taxable Year  Limitation on Premiums

40 or less                                                       $   410

More than 40 but not more than 50               $   770

More than 50 but not more than 60               $1,530

More than 60 but not more than 70               $4,090

More than 70                                                  $5,110

*The deductible and out-of-pocket limits for "high deductible health plans" for Medical Savings Accounts are as follows:

For self-only coverage, a health plan that has an annual deductible that is not less than $2,250 and not more than $3,350, and under which the annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid (other than for premiums) for covered benefits do not exceed $4,500.

For family coverage, a health plan that has an annual deductible that is not less than $4,500 and not more than $6,750, and under which the annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid (other than for premiums) for covered benefits do not exceed $8,250. 

For a copy of Revenue Ruling 2016-55, please click on the link below:

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-16-55.pdf  

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