COVID tax questions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (“CAA”) provided coronavirus relief as well as other tax related extensions that will affect your clients. Here are some highlights that relate to individuals. Stimulus checks are back. The amount is $600 per taxpayer and $1,200 for married persons filing jointly along with $600 for each qualifying child. Income limits vary upon marital status. Teachers and instructors who teach grades K-12 are allowed a $250/$500 (Single/MFJ) above the line deduction to allow for the purchase of personal protection equipment and disinfectant. The above the line deduction for $300 of charitable gifts is extended into 2021. There
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Updated LTCi 2021 Tax Advantages Flyers

There are a lot of advantages to owning a traditional long-term care policy. It helps people remain in their homes as long as possible, ensures parents won’t have to rely on their kids to take care of them, and provides protection for a retirement nest egg. But there’s another important advantage…the potential to save on federal and state income taxes. The LTCi tax advantages flyers are now updated with the 2021 eligible deduction amounts. Download the flyers now: Agent Tax Guide Tax Advantages for Individuals Tax Advantages for Business Owners   Updated LTCi 2021 Tax Advantages Flyers   #goldencareagent #mutualofomaha
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Categories: Industry News, Long-Term Care, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

EssentialLTC long term care updates

2021 COLA adjustments for Long Term Care insurance premiums The Internal Revenue Service issued Rev. Proc. 2020-45 providing the 2021 cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for certain items under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including “for eligible long term care premiums.” The maximum deduction that an individual who itemizes deductions may take for qualified long term care insurance premiums is set under IRC §213(d) and adjusted annual for increases in the medical care cost component of the consumer price index. The new maximum qualified long term care premium deductions under IRC §213 – for taxable years beginning in 2021 are
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Categories: Industry News, Long-Term Care, and National Guardian Life.

2021 Tax Deductibility Limits

Long-term care insurance tax-deductible limits have just been increased offering seniors as much as $420 in additional deductible benefits according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. “Tax deductibility for those purchasing certain government-approved long-term care insurance is an incredible benefit,” explains Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). “The tax deductibility becomes especially valuable in retirement when income decreases and health costs generally go up.” The Internal Revenue Service just announced the increased 2021 limits for tax deductibility of long-term care insurance premiums. According to IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-45, a couple age 70
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Categories: GoldenCare News, Industry News, and Long-Term Care.

Important Life Underwriting Update

Throughout the rapidly evolving pandemic, Mutual of Omaha has been continuously evaluating our underwriting and new business practices to support business continuity, deliver a consistently high level of service, and maintain our financial strength. As a result, effective Wednesday, April 15, 2020, we are implementing the following temporary changes to our life insurance underwriting guidelines. These changes apply to all fully-underwritten life insurance cases that are not already approved or issued. This includes any newly submitted and pending in-house cases, whether formal or informal. Postponements Due to International Travel All fully-underwritten life insurance cases where the proposed insured has plans
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Categories: COVID-19, Industry News, Life Insurance, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Increased Simplified Underwriting Amounts for Disability Income

Mutual of Omaha is committed to helping you continue to meet the income protection needs of your clients. We have good news to share, to make it easier to sell disability income insurance. Effective immediately, we are making the following enhancement to new applications for simplified underwriting guidelines: Increasing the amount from $3,000 to $6,000 of monthly benefit Advantages of Simplified Underwriting: Ages 18-45, no labs up to and including $6,000 Age 46+ blood urine, physical data No financial requirements up to and including $6,000 monthly benefit, all benefit periods* *If requesting the self-employed discount, two-year financial documentation will be
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Categories: COVID-19, Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

The Risk is Real

While most people don’t think twice about purchasing auto, homeowners’ or even life insurance, they often fail to realize that their most valuable asset is their ability to earn an income. Suffering a disability for any length of time because of a sickness or injury could have devastating financial consequences for clients. Here are some insights into how real the risks are: At least 51 million working adults in the United States are without disability insurance other than the basic coverage available through Social Security. Only 48 percent of American adults indicate they have enough savings to cover three months
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

Supplementing Disability Income Insurance Coverage

Some consumers may have a disability income policy insurance through their employer, it’s important to ask them about how the policy would pay. Consider whether the policy’s monthly benefits would begin to pay benefits soon enough. Clients need to understand their existing coverage to help solve the protection gap. One solution is to supplement current employer coverage with an individual short-term disability income insurance. Short-term coverage can help pay monthly benefits sooner than an employer’s long-term disability insurance policy. And it can pay up until the time employer-sponsored benefits begin. As a producer, you can provide more complete income protection
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Categories: Disability Income Insurance, Industry News, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

New Authorization for Release of Individual Tax Return Transcript Form

United of Omaha has previously asked for tax returns and 3rd party verified financials when a client was applying for a life insurance policy with a face amount exceeding $5 million. Beginning March 1, 2020, a new Authorization for Release of Individual Tax Return Transcript form and an IRS 4506T-EZ form will now need to be filled out and signed by the client when applying for a United of Omaha life insurance policy when the face amount exceeds $5 million. The authorization form will automatically be included when downloading an IRS 4506T-EZ form on our Sales Professional Access producer website.
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Categories: Industry News, Life Insurance, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).

iGO e-App Training

If you’re looking for an even faster way to submit business, use our iGO (in Good Order) e-App featuring Automated Underwriting for Living Promise and Term Life Express. Both of these online applications ensure you have the right forms and all required fields are highlighted in yellow preventing mistakes and saving you time. Even better? We also offer Automated Underwriting on Living Promise and Term Life Express e-Apps so you will receive an instant underwriting decision while you’re with the client. Want to learn more? Watch our agent training videos below. > Living Promise Email Signature Method > Living Promise
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Categories: Industry News, Life Insurance, and Mutual of Omaha (& Affiliates).