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IRS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan’s COBRA Subsidy

The COBRA subsidy is required to be provided to eligible individuals who experience an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours and that have not exhausted the maximum COBRA coverage period as of April 1, 2021. The ARP extends to those individuals an opportunity to make a COBRA election during a special election period that begins on April 1, 2021, and ends on May 31, 2021.

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Advance Availability of the Increased Child Tax Credit

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) is most notable for the COBRA subsidy but also provides relief for taxpayers with children. The ARP increased the maximum Child Tax Credit (CTC) and also allows taxpayers to receive an advance of the CTC. For 2021, the CTC is increased to $3,600 for children under the age of 6 and to $3,000 per child for children between ages 6 and 17.

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2021 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee deadline is around the corner. In Notice 2020-84, the IRS adjusted the applicable dollar amount to be multiplied by the average number of covered lives for purposes of calculating the fee for policy years and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021.

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