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    Special Incentives Overview

    Special Incentives Overview
    Federal agencies use special incentives to attract and hold talented employees. These incentives usually come in the form of one-time bonuses paid directly to new employees. The federal government offers three types: Recruitment Incentives A recruitment bonus is an incentive an agency may pay to a newly-appointed employee if the agency has determined that the position is likely to be difficult ...
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    Limited Expense Health Care FSA

    A Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Account (LEX HCFSA) is a new money saving option for employees enrolled in a Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA), or whose spouse is enrolled in a non-FEHB HDHP with an HSA. The LEX HCFSA is limited to eligible dental and vision expenses ...
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    Retirement Planning Overview

    Retirement Planning Overview
    The Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three components are: Social Security Benefits, the Basic Benefit Plan, and the Thrift Savings Plan. You pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the Basic Benefit Plan. In addition, your agency puts an amount equal to 1% of your basic pay each pay period into your ...
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    Veteran's Recruitment Appointment

    Under the VRA, a you can be appointed to a white -collar position through GS 11 without having to compete with other applicants. The VRA is open to you if you are a disabled veteran who served on active duty during a war or major campaign and you have left the service under honorable conditions within three years. Return to main ...
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    Health Benefits Overview

    Health Benefits Overview
    Federal employees enjoy a highly competitive health insurance program called the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB). This program offers many unique and enticing features that set it apart from many private health insurance programs. These features are listed below: A Government Contribution The government pays 72 percent of the average premium toward the total cost of the your premium, but ...
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    Sick Leave for Personal Medical Reasons

    An employee may use sick leave when he or she: # is incapacitated for the performance of duties by physical or mental illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth; # receives medical, dental, or optical examination or treatment; or # would, as determined by the health authorities having jurisdiction or by a health care provider, jeopardize the health of others by his or ...
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    State Tax Information

    Below is information on state income tax rules, organized alphabetically by state. Information on U.S. territories and possessions is included at the bottom of the list. ALABAMA Alabama Department of Revenue Individual and Corporate Tax Division P.O. Box 327465 Montgomery, AL 36132-7465 (334) 242-1170 Forms: (334) 242-9681 Electronic filing: (334) 242-2117 Refund: (334) 353-2540 Website: http://www.ador.state.al.us Military income exemptions: Follows federal ...
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    Summary of Tax Law Changes

    Many of the tax breaks in recent tax-relief bills were designed to be phased in over a number of years or are indexed to inflation. To help you determine how these tax laws affect your long-term plans, this article explains the changes that come into effect through 2011. Pick a year from the list below to learn what tax changes ...
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    General Requirements for Veterans Preference

    To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of title 5, United States Code. This means that: # An honorable or general discharge is necessary. # Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans. # Guard and Reserve active duty for ...
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    Student Loan Repayment Eligibility

    Any employee (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2105) who is highly qualified is eligible to receive a student loan repayment, except those employees who currently occupy or will occupy a position excepted from the competitive service because of its confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character (e.g., employees serving under Schedule C appointments). Under 5 CFR 537.104, agencies may offer loan repayment ...
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    Veterans Preference Points Overview

    By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non veterans both in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles and in retention during reductions in force. The goal of the Veteran's Preference is not to the place a veteran in ...
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    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
    TurboTax helps you find tax deductions you may have overlooked. Don't overpay taxes by overlooking tax deductions. See the most common errors taxpayers make on their tax returns. ...it’s all too easy to miss a trick and pay too much... Every year, the IRS dutifully reports the most common blunders taxpayers make on their returns. And every year, at or near ...
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    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment

    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment
    The Bush Administration recently signed new legislation — the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 — into law that will give more than 130 million Americans as much as $152 billion to redistribute back into the economy. The payment amounts will equal the amount of one’s tax liability on their 2007 tax return ($600). That amount doubles for joint tax filers to ...
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    Social Security Benefits

    The first available part of the retirement benefit is Social Security. It provides monthly payments if you are retired and have reached at least age 62, monthly benefits if you become disabled, monthly benefits for your eligible survivors, and a lump sum benefit upon your death. _Return to Retirement Overview page._
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    Retention Incentives

    An agency may pay a retention incentive to a current employee if the agency determines that the unusually high or unique qualifications of the employee or a special need of the agency for the employee's services makes it essential to retain the employee and that the employee would be likely to leave the Federal service in the absence of a retention ...
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    Family Flexibility Overview

    Family Flexibility Overview
    The Federal Government provides many programs for workers to support their needs for individual flexibility. For example, flexible work schedules allow employees to adjust their work hours in order to take a day off each pay period. Employees can enjoy twenty-six 3-day weekends! Also, the Federal Government's Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) allows employees to select certain arrival and departure times that ...
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    VA - Vocational Rehabilitation - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services for veterans with disabilities

    *Program Description* Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment is an employment-oriented program that helps veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, the program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. *General Program Requirements* In order to be considered ...
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    Five Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing

    Five Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing
    Let’s face it: Doing your taxes is about as exciting as mowing your lawn. But, we all have to do it. And Uncle Sam doesn’t make it easy. The U.S. tax code literally fills thousands of pages. Thankfully, you don’t need to read them all to stay on top of your taxes. Here are five things that can make doing your ...
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    Thrift Savings Plan

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees. Congress established the TSP in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986. The purpose of the TSP is to provide retirement income. The TSP offers Federal employees the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under "401(k)" plans. ...
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    Child Tax Credit

    Child Tax Credit
    If you have children who are under age 17 as of the end of the tax year, you can get a $1,000 tax credit per child on your tax return. A tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar, so three qualifying children, for example, can cut what you owe Uncle Sam by $3,000. The credit may be limited if ...
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