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Notice 2014-7 Explained by Regina Levy, CPA

Gina Levy has been described as the "special needs CPA" by her clients. She has been the source of much of the IRS tax information that I have presented on both our web page and our Facebook page. For those of you who are confused about how to proceed with amending prior year tax returns in order to get a refund, I highly recommend reaching out to Ms. Levy. There is value in utilizing an expert and my client families tell me that she is amazing.

IRS Notice 2014-7 Clarified with Amending Instructions

The IRS just recently published this document to provide clarity to the earlier released document IRS notice 2014-7 (which can be viewed on this website). Instructions are given for amending prior year's taxes, as the change in this tax rule has a three year look back window. This is great news for Medicaid Waiver recipients and their families

Cuts to IHSS Will Affect 270K Women

A state known for it's progressive history of gender equality seems to be taking a step backwards as Governor Brown's budget proposes capping IHSS caregivers' hours. This will affect the income of nearly 270,000 women working as caregivers under California's IHSS program.

Providers' IHSS Income Not Federally Taxable

(Per IRS Notice 2014 - 7) For those families receiving IHSS as a result of a Medicaid Waiver, the income you earn by providing in-home care to a disabled person is NOT federally taxable.

Brown's Overtime Prohibition for IHSS Workers

On January 9, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a proposal that would prohibit IHSS works from working over 40 hours a week. The overtime prohibition would cover all IHSS caregivers.

Proposed Regulations Attempt to Define Full Time Employment

For the first time IHSS is attempting to define full time employment. For years, caseworkers have been wrongly reducing or denying IHSS hours because two parents were present in the home. Current statute allows for parents meeting specific criteria to be paid parent-providers, with no restrictions for two-parent households. Current regulations, however, deduct time from the parent-provider’s IHSS hours when the non-provider parent is in the home.

New Federal Rules Require Overtime Pay for Caregivers Nationwide

US Department of Labor announced new regulations that will require overtime pay for the estimated 2 million IHSS workers nationwide. This includes the nearly 360,000 caregivers in California's taxpayer-funded In-Home Supportive Services program. The new regulations won't take affect until January 1, 2015.

San Diego IHSS Workers Receive Pay Increase

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers reached an agreement with San Diego County yesterday for their first raise in more than four years. Wages for the workers will increase to $9.85 from $9.50 an hour.

Tricare Changes Would Limit ABA for Military Families

Starting July 25, Tricare is requiring children with autism to undergo standardized testing every six months and show measurable progress in order to receive applied behavior analysis therapy(ABA).

Home Care Worker Sues County

In the Case Guerrero vs. Superior Court, the state Supreme Court has left intact a ruling allowing a caretaker to sue Sonoma County after her disabled client failed to pay her.

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