Deb Rauser, RN
xACSIA Partners Insurance Agency

Tax Tip from Debra Rauser of xACSIA Partners Insurance Agency

2016 Deductions Make Long-Term Care Insurance More Affordable for Many

AgentNovato, CA March 18, 2016 – If you’re in the market for long-term care insurance, you may be suffering from sticker shock. “The cost may seem out of reach,” says Debra Rauser. “Many people feel this way, so they put off protecting themselves. That’s a shame, because in their case Uncle Sam may pick up part of the tab.” Rauser is a state-certified agent with xACSIA Partners Insurance Agency, one of the nation’s largest long-term care insurance agencies.

Federal tax deductions for owning long-term care insurance range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and they’re higher than ever in 2016. “Not everyone qualifies,” says Rauser, “but everyone owes it to themselves to find out if they do and how big the deduction might be. For millions, the net policy cost will be at least a little less than the ‘sticker price.’”

For the taxable year beginning in 2016, the limitations under Section 213(d)(10) of the IRS tax code, regarding eligible long-term care premiums includible in the term "medical care," are as follows:

Attained Age Before Close of Taxable Year / Limitation on Premiums

The deductions recur every year that one pays long-term care premiums, and have been increasing annually.

“The idea is to encourage Americans to protect themselves,” says Rauser. “Unfortunately only about 10% of those who could benefit from a policy actually have one. The percentage should be much higher. We think it would be if the deductions were taken into account.”

Greater public awareness is vitally needed, and Rauser’s company is doing what it can to spread the word. “We have long-term care specialists in all parts of the country. During tax season we’re available to consult with anyone or their financial advisor by phone or in person.”

Deb Rauser, RN is a leading long-term care agent serving consumers and organizations in AZ, CA, OH, TX. "We’re glad to help them find the best, most affordable solution for their situation," Rauser says. "In addition to long-term care insurance, today's options range from critical illness insurance to annuities and life insurance with LTC riders."

Information is available from Rauser at darauser@acsiapartners.com, http://DebraRauser.acsiapartners.com or 650-306-0240.

In California the company is known as xACSIA Partners Insurance Agency; in other states, as ACSIA Partners.

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