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Will Your Taxes Skyrocket? How the 2025 TCJA Sunset Could Impact Your Wallet

Will Your Taxes Skyrocket? How the 2025 TCJA Sunset Could Impact Your Wallet

Will Your Taxes Skyrocket? How the 2025 TCJA Sunset Could Impact Your Wallet
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As we edge closer to 2025, the sunset of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is on the horizon, and it’s bringing potential changes that could shake up the financial scene for American taxpayers. Introduced back in December 2017 during President Donald Trump’s tenure, the TCJA rolled out some major tweaks to the U.S. tax system. But here’s the catch: these changes weren’t meant to last forever. Without a move from Congress to keep them in place, they’re set to expire at the end of 2025. Let’s dive into what this could mean.

Individual Income Tax Rates

The TCJA notably decreased individual income tax rates across various income levels, leading to lower federal taxes for numerous Americans. Should the TCJA sunset, these rates will return to their pre-2018 figures. The highest marginal rate would rise from 37% to 39.6%. Increases in other tax brackets could also lead to higher tax liabilities for many individuals.

Standard Deduction and Personal Exemptions

Significant changes were also made to the standard deduction, which was almost doubled by the TCJA to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly in 2018, with subsequent inflation adjustments. If the TCJA is allowed to expire, the standard deduction will revert to about half of these amounts. Moreover, the personal exemption, which was removed by the TCJA, would be restored. This reinstatement could complicate the tax filing process and potentially increase taxable income for numerous households.

Child Tax Credit

Under the TCJA, the child tax credit was enhanced from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child, with expanded eligibility criteria, benefiting many middle-income families. If the TCJA sunsets, the credit will return to $1,000 per child, and the eligibility thresholds will lower, potentially increasing the tax burden for families with dependent children.

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

The TCJA made significant adjustments to the AMT by raising the exemption amounts and the thresholds at which these exemptions phase out, thereby reducing the number of individuals affected by the AMT. If the TCJA is not extended, these exemption amounts will revert to their lower, pre-2018 levels, potentially subjecting more taxpayers to the AMT and increasing their tax obligations.

Estate Tax

The TCJA also significantly increased the estate tax exemption, doubling it to allow individuals to leave up to $11.7 million (as of 2021) to heirs without facing federal estate tax. Should the TCJA expire, this exemption will decrease to approximately $5.5 million, thus expanding the scope of estates that will incur this tax.

Corporate Tax Rates

One of the hallmark changes of the TCJA was the reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Unlike the individual tax provisions, this change is permanent. Therefore, even if the TCJA expires, the corporate tax rate will continue to be 21%.

Deductions and Credits

The TCJA also streamlined various deductions and credits, eliminating, or capping some while introducing others, such as the Qualified Business Income Deduction for pass-through entities. If the TCJA sunsets, many of the previous rules governing deductions and credits will be reinstated. For example, the deduction for state and local taxes, which was capped at $10,000 by the TCJA, could once again become uncapped, potentially benefiting taxpayers in states with higher taxes.

Implications for Tax holders

The end of the TCJA could lead to increased tax liabilities for many due to higher tax rates and a reduced standard deduction. The impact will be particularly significant for families, who may face a reduced child tax credit. Additionally, the reintroduction of personal exemptions and changes to the AMT will add complexity to tax planning.

Conclusion

With the TCJA set to expire soon, it’s a pivotal time for taxpayers to start gearing up for the changes that might be on the way. Getting advice from tax professionals can clear up how these shifts could play out for your financial situation. Now, the upcoming presidential election could throw another layer of uncertainty into the mix. Depending on the outcome, we could see efforts to extend or modify the TCJA, or perhaps a shift back to the pre-TCJA tax rules. So, staying informed and proactive in your tax planning is more crucial than ever. Keep an eye on the election results—they might just shape the tax landscape in significant ways.

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Best Medicare FMO

Best Medicare FMO

Best Medicare FMO
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The Medicare market has experienced significant growth, presenting an opportunity for independent insurance agents to grow their business’. Agents are actively seeking the top Medicare Field Marketing Organizations (FMOs) that specialize in assisting Medicare agents to partner in growing their business efficiently.

Explore the Best Medicare FMO Options with Pinnacle Financial Services

In the competitive world of Medicare agencies, independent agents are bombarded with claims from companies touting themselves as “The Best Medicare FMO” or “Top IMO.” Agents need to research to find a truly exceptional FMO. At Pinnacle Financial Services, we commit ourselves daily to being the top choice for our agent partners, prioritizing unparalleled service, technology solutions, and training across multiple product lines.

Why Pinnacle Financial Services Stands Out in the Medicare Market

With a long-standing history in the Medicare market, Pinnacle Financial Services understands the importance of a robust support structure for independent agents aiming to expand their business. Our commitment to excellence in service continues to drive our efforts in supporting agents.

What Pinnacle Financial Services Offers to Medicare Agents

We offer a comprehensive suite of tools and technologies at no cost to help agents succeed:

  • Medicare Quoting Tools: Easily quote plans using our apps for phones and tablets.
  • Connect4Insurance Access: Use the leading tool for Medicare quotes, comparison, and enrollment.
  • Efficient Online Contracting: Streamline your processes with our online system.
  • Free Lead Program: Jumpstart your sales efforts with access to free leads.
  • Competitive Medicare Commissions: Benefit from top-tier commission structures.
  • Comprehensive Training: Access ongoing training options both in-person and remotely.
  • Free Continuing Education Credits: Enhance your qualifications at no extra cost.
  • Advanced CRM System: Manage your client relationships effectively with our CRM solutions.

Take the Next Step in Your Medicare Career with Pinnacle Financial Services

Whether you are new to selling Medicare plans or a seasoned professional, Pinnacle Financial Services is here to support your growth. Our experienced staff is ready to address all your questions and guide you through the benefits of partnering with us.

Contact Pinnacle Financial Services Today

To learn more about how we can help elevate your Medicare business, contact a Pinnacle Financial Services representative at:

Phone: 1 (800) 772-6881 x7731

Email: sales@pfsinsurance.com

Take the first step towards becoming a top-performing Medicare agent with Pinnacle Financial Services, your partner in success.

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VP - Marketing

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Understanding Dental Benefits in Medicare: A Simple Guide

Understanding Dental Benefits in Medicare: A Simple Guide

Understanding Dental Benefits in Medicare: A Simple Guide
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Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older. You may be eligible to get Medicare earlier if you have a disability, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or ALS (also called Lou Gehrig’s disease). 

Some people get Medicare automatically, others have to actively sign up — it depends if you start getting retirement or disability benefits from Social Security before you turn 65. 

It comprises various components, each of which addresses a distinct health requirement, much like puzzle pieces. We’re delving into Medicare’s treatment of dental benefits today, with a particular emphasis on Parts A and B and Medicare Advantage.

What are Parts A and B of Medicare?

On a high-level view, most of Part A is devoted to hospital insurance, skilled nursing care, and hospice care. Part B is dedicated to services from doctors and outpatient care.

Do Medicare Parts A & B Cover Dental?

This is where dental care can get a little complicated. Medicare Parts A and B typically do not cover routine dental care, including dental exams, cleanings, fillings, dentures, and the majority of tooth extractions.

There are a few exceptions, though. For instance, Part A might pay for dental care if you require it while in the hospital as part of a more extensive treatment plan. Consider that you are undergoing jaw surgery and that the procedure includes dental work. Since it’s seen as a component of your overall medical care in this instance, Medicare may be able to assist with the costs.

What About Medicare Advantage?

Things start to look up from here. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes referred to as Part C, are essentially an enhanced version of the original Medicare program. Medicare-approved private insurance providers provide these plans. One of its features is that many Medicare Advantage plans provide dental insurance. Keep in mind that Medicare Advantage Plans are not required to cover more than original Medicare Parts A and B, so not every MA plan will have dental.

Dental treatment for more involved procedures like crowns, bridges, and dentures as well as more basic procedures like cleanings, exams, X-rays, and fillings can be included in a Medicare Advantage Plan. It’s crucial to remember, though, that dental coverage varies greatly among Medicare Advantage plans. While some provide basic dental care, others might offer more extensive coverage.

Stand-alone Dental Coverage

Because they recognize how important dental health is, many Medicare beneficiaries inquire about dental coverage.  This is the point at which you can begin the dental coverage discussion through a stand-alone supplemental (stand-alone) dental plan.  There are numerous options, as well as dental insurance providers. Each plan offers a variety of coverage options, such as exams, cleanings, fillings, and other dental operations. It is important for beneficiaries to understand that dental plans work well only when they receive dental treatment from in-network providers. As an agent, you must confirm that the dentist they are thinking about is covered under that particular dental plan.

 

Delta Dental

Pinnacle Financial offers several options for stand-alone dental insurance. One such option, Delta Dental, is well-known for its strong network and benefits. Delta is also available in all 50 states and covers a wide variety of preventative and major services.  This can be a great option for individuals who have a Medicare Supplement plan as they do not cover any dental insurance.

To learn more about the different plan options available to your clients, contact a Pinnacle Financial Services team member today. They can be reached at 800-772-6881 x-7731 or by email at healthsales@pfsinsurance.com.

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Bob Brzyski

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Humana Medicare Supplement Extra Services

Humana Medicare Supplement Extra Services

Humana Medicare Supplement Extra Services
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Medicare Supplement plans provide are important for paying costs not covered by original Medicare Parts A and B. With a Humana Medicare Supplement with extra services Humana has gone one step further. This package of extra benefits is intended to improve members’ overall healthcare experiences in addition to covering the gaps left by Medicare as part of a traditional Medicare Supplement.

Let’s explore these additional services:

Discounts on services

Vision Care: Members can save with providers in EyeMed’s Select network including LensCrafters®, Pearle Vision®, and Target Optical®.

Prescription medicine: Discounts available on some medicines at the drugstore with a Humana member ID.

Hearing aids and services: Discounts available through HearUSA and TruHearing®.

Lifeline medical alert system: Members can choose from multiple fall detection service options from Lifeline® at discounted prices.

Managing health

  • Humana Well Dine®*: Members may get 14 nutritious meals delivered to their door after an overnight stay in a hospital or nursing facility. *Not available in Montana or North Dakota.
  • HumanaFirst® Nurse Advice Line: A 24-hour a day, seven days a week toll-free line where members can speak with a registered nurse about non-emergency illnesses or injuries.
  • SilverSneakers fitness program**: Basic fitness center membership at any participating SilverSneakers® facilities. Includes group classes and working with a trained adviser to develop an exercise plan. SilverSneakers Steps®, an at-home option, is also available. **SilverSneakers is not available with Humana Achieve Medicare Supplement plans.
  • MyHumana Mobile app and website: Access to Humana.com or our secure mobile app to view plan benefits, claims, and more.

The programs and services described are not insurance and are neither contractually offered nor guaranteed under Humana Medicare Supplement insurance policies. They may be provided by a third party, discontinued at any time and are subject to geographic availability.

Expert assistance is only a phone call away for agents who are interested in learning more about how Humana’s Medicare Supplement Extra Services can fit with their clients. To get more information, call 800-772-6881 x-7731 to speak with a Pinnacle Financial Medicare professional.

For more information, contact a Pinnacle Financial Services representative today

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How to Organize Your Life & Health Insurance Agency

How to Organize Your Life & Health Insurance Agency

How to Organize Your Life & Health Insurance Agency
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When you think about how to organize your life and health insurance agency there are many items to consider. A new year lends itself to thinking about new ideas. New ideas on how to manage your business better, increase efficiencies, and grow sales and revenue through improved productivity. 

Using these tips, your agency can become more proactive with your efforts and ensure you’re perfectly positioned to handle any changes the industry throws your way.

4 Tips for Organizing Your Business

There are many ways to organize your business, but here are four ways that I recommend you start with:

  • Streamline your processes: Identify any bottlenecks or inefficiencies in your current processes. This might involve automating certain tasks, delegating more efficiently, reorganizing your workflow, or finding redundant tasks or processes that can be eliminated.
  • Implement an industry-specific customer relationship management (CRM) system: A CRM system can help you keep track of customer interactions and data, manage sales and marketing efforts, and improve communication within your agency. Working “smarter, not harder” is a statement to live by when running your business.
  • Use technology to your advantage: There are many tools and software solutions available that can help you streamline your processes and improve productivity. For example, you could use a digital file storage system to reduce the time spent searching for physical documents, or you could use a quote comparison tool to speed up the sales process. Implementing technology can be scary, but in the long run, it can increase sales and free up your team for other tasks.
  • Review and optimize your staffing levels: Make sure you have the right number of employees to handle the workload in a timely and efficient manner. If you have too few employees, your team may be overwhelmed, and productivity may suffer. Time studies are a great way to see if your team is spending too much time on just the urgent tasks and not enough time on the important ones that will grow your business.

Once you have made your agency more organized, you can start to create processes to tackle any changes and ensure your team is equipped to handle them.

6 Steps to Follow When Managing New Industry Changes

Making a solid plan for your insurance agency is the only way to ensure that everything goes according to plan and that you get the results you want. You can approach changes by following these steps:

  • Determine the issue: You must clearly define the issue you’re attempting to tackle before you can develop a solution. This could be looking at data, speaking with your staff/leadership members, or doing customer research.
  • Set specific objectives: After determining the issue, you can specify the outcomes you intend to attain by making the necessary adjustments. These objectives must be time-bound, meaningful, quantifiable, reachable, and explicit (SMART) goals.
  • Create a plan of action: Create a plan of action with your goals in mind. This could include alterations to your organizational structure or workforce numbers, process enhancements, and technological fixes.
  • Share the plan: It’s critical to share the strategy with all parties involved, including staff members, clients, and other partners. This will aid in educating them about the alterations and what to anticipate, as well as increase buy-in and support for the strategy.
  • Monitor progress and adjust: As you implement the changes, it’s important to monitor progress and adjust as needed. This might involve collecting data and analyzing it or talking to employees and customers to get feedback.
  • Continuously improve: Once the changes are in place, it’s important to constantly monitor and improve the process. This will help you identify new opportunities for efficiency and growth and make sure that the changes continue to deliver the desired results over time.

6 Ways to Improve Productivity in Your Agency

Now that you’ve organized your agency and put processes in place to be proactive, it’s time to look at your agency’s productivity.

A fantastic way to increase output and performance at your insurance agency is by investing in your employees. Here are some ways you may support your team:

  • Give your team members the chance to learn and grow: By giving your team members the opportunity to learn and grow, you may assist them in improving their performance in their current jobs and acquiring new skills and information. Online learning opportunities, live seminars, or guidance from more seasoned coworkers are a few examples.
  • Encourage your staff to do professional development: Reward your team members who continue their education. This might be done by paying for their college expenses/continued education classes or by giving them credit for their newfound knowledge and abilities.
  • Create an atmosphere of transparency and recognition: Fostering open communication, praising and rewarding outstanding work, and attending to any issues or concerns that may arise will help to create a happy and supportive work environment. Even a simple “thank you” note!
  • Offer incentives and rewards: Giving your employees incentives and prizes can inspire them and increase productivity. Bonuses, stock options, or other kinds of monetary incentives are some common options.
  • Provide possibilities for professional progression: Offer internal promotions or leadership development initiatives as means of career advancement inside your organization. This can aid in employee retention and enable them to perceive a clear route for professional advancement within your company.

Investing in your team can create a more engaged, motivated, and productive workforce that is better equipped to help your agency succeed.

Putting forth efforts to organize your agency, create processes that improve your efficiency, and invest in your team all help your agency become more productive and able to manage the ever-happening changes in the life and health insurance space. Follow these tips to set the groundwork, but ensure you make the process unique to your agency and your needs.

How Pinnacle Financial Services Can Help

Contact a Pinnacle team member today for assistance with all your business marketing, sales, technology, and compliance needs.  Pinnacle gives you the infrastructure and business know-how to grow your company.  We can be reached at 800-772-6881 or sales@pfsinsurance.com

For more information, contact a Pinnacle Financial Services representative today

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Bob Brzyski

Bob Brzyski

Vice President | Marketing

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