More States Move Forward with Reinsurance Programs

More States Move Forward with Reinsurance Programs

August 13, 2018 3 minute read:  The Trump administration has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act a top priority. What’s interesting, however, is that as the White House continues to undermine Read More
That IRS Letter 226J Could Propose Millions of Dollars in ACA Penalties

That IRS Letter 226J Could Propose Millions of Dollars in ACA Penalties

August 8, 2018 2 minute read:  Why should your organization care about IRS Letter 226J? Well, it could propose millions of dollars in ACA penalties against your organization. The Letter 226J notices are Read More
IRS to Continue Issuing ACA Penalties

IRS to Continue Issuing ACA Penalties

August 6, 2018 Originally published on July 26, 2018, in Accounting Today. 3 minute read: The Internal Revenue Service now has the data to begin the analysis to calculate the potential penalties for Read More
Report Projects Stability for Employers with 2019 Healthcare Costs

Report Projects Stability for Employers with 2019 Healthcare Costs

August 1, 2018 2 minute read: While the handwringing continues over anticipated healthcare premium increases for individuals who purchase insurance from Healthcare.gov and state healthcare exchanges in 2019, healthcare costs for employers under Read More
The IRS Storm of Letter 226J ACA Penalty Notices Continues

The IRS Storm of Letter 226J ACA Penalty Notices Continues

July 30, 2018 2 minute read:  Another wave of Letter 226J penalty notices have been issued by the IRS, and all indications that this storm of tax notices will continue for the foreseeable Read More
ACA Funding Freeze Won’t Impact the ACA’s Employer Mandate

ACA Funding Freeze Won’t Impact the ACA’s Employer Mandate

July 25, 2018 2 minute read: The Trump administration has said it would temporarily freeze funding for the “risk adjustment” program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of conflicting court rulings, but Read More
The ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Due to IRS at the End of July

The ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Due to IRS at the End of July

July 23, 2018 2 minute read: The annual PCORI fees are due at the end of the month from health insurers and plan sponsors offering self-funded health insurance plans. On July 31, these Read More
IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties

July 18, 2018 3 minute read: The employer shared responsibility provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be quite complex and time Read More
Association Health Plans Don’t Help Larger Employers with ACA Compliance

Association Health Plans Don’t Help Larger Employers with ACA Compliance

July 16, 2018 3 minute read: The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate has been in effect for the past three years and IRS enforcement of the healthcare law has begun. At the same Read More
More Americans Paying for ACA Health Plans

More Americans Paying for ACA Health Plans

July 11, 2018 2 minute read: It’s no secret that replacing the law is a top priority for President Trump and a majority of Republicans in Congress. Recent data from the Centers for Read More
IRS Enforcement of ACA Penalties Is No Surprise

IRS Enforcement of ACA Penalties Is No Surprise

July 9, 2018 4 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was first enacted in 2010 under the Obama administration. A component of the ACA, the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision (ESRP), also referred Read More
Despite Presidential Rhetoric, ACA Employer Mandate Still Here

Despite Presidential Rhetoric, ACA Employer Mandate Still Here

July 5, 2018 2 minute read: The Trump Administration has been vocal about what it believes are its successful efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At a recent campaign Read More
ACA Compliance Is a Summer To Do Item

ACA Compliance Is a Summer To Do Item

July 2, 2018 3 minute read: Ah, summertime and the living is easy. Before you pack your bags and head to the beach for vacation, make sure your ACA process is in tip-top Read More
Medicaid Expansion Supports ACA Popularity

Medicaid Expansion Supports ACA Popularity

June 27, 2018 2 minute read: It’s not a mystery that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. Since its passage in 2010, the landscape of the healthcare industry and marketplace has changed Read More
These Errors Greatly Determine Your Penalty Assessment in IRS Letter 226J

These Errors Greatly Determine Your Penalty Assessment in IRS Letter 226J

June 25, 2018 3 minute read: The issuance of Letter 226J for IRS information filings submitted for the 2015 tax year has caught many organizations off guard. More than 30,000 notices have been Read More
Latest TIGTA Report: ACA Penalties to Continue

Latest TIGTA Report: ACA Penalties to Continue

June 20, 2018 4 minute read: The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration always has some interesting information. The recently issued report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from March Read More
Proposed Farm Bill Another Attempt to Undermine ACA

Proposed Farm Bill Another Attempt to Undermine ACA

June 18, 2018 3 minute read: It’s well known that the Trump administration is doing all it can to undermine the Affordable Care Act. The recent decision by the federal Justice Department to Read More
Feds Confirm Their Own ACA Emergency Care Cost Guidelines

Feds Confirm Their Own ACA Emergency Care Cost Guidelines

June 13, 2018 4 minute read: It comes as no surprise that many organizations have had difficulty keeping up with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether complying with the regulations under the employer Read More
The IRS Wants More Employers to Use Electronic Filing

The IRS Wants More Employers to Use Electronic Filing

June 11, 2018 2 minute read: The IRS is proposing regulations that would expand mandatory electronic filings for most employers by aggregating the number of total information returns they submit to the federal Read More
Update to IRS 226J Infographic Now Includes IRS Letter 227 [UPDATED]

Update to IRS 226J Infographic Now Includes IRS Letter 227 [UPDATED]

June 6, 2018 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. The ACA Penalty Process now being initiated by the IRS is no exception. With 30 days to respond upon receipt Read More
ACA Backlash: Two States Create Their Own Individual Mandates

ACA Backlash: Two States Create Their Own Individual Mandates

June 4, 2018 3 minute read: The Trump Administration effectively repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate when it made the penalties for an individual not obtaining healthcare $0 beginning 2019. What seemed Read More
How to Handle ACA Filing Corrections with the IRS

How to Handle ACA Filing Corrections with the IRS

May 30, 2018 3 minute read: If you found yourself in a situation where you received receipt of your ACA information returns for 2017 with a status of “Accepted with Errors,” you’re not Read More
Owners of Multiple Small Businesses May Need to Comply with the ACA

Owners of Multiple Small Businesses May Need to Comply with the ACA

May 23, 2018 2 minute read: Understanding the details of the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be difficult. One of the first steps is determining whether or Read More
Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

May 21, 2018 2 minute read: As the current White House and Congressional Republicans continue to snipe at the Affordable Care Act, some states are taking action to shore up the federal healthcare Read More
ACA Compliance: A Tale of Two IRS Measurement Methods

ACA Compliance: A Tale of Two IRS Measurement Methods

May 16, 2018 3 minute read: If you or someone you know has been hit with Letter 226J, you know that it is no laughing matter. The IRS is issuing ACA penalty assessments Read More
IRS Confirms Continued Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

IRS Confirms Continued Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

May 14, 2018 3 minute read: The evidence continues to mount that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act is not going away soon, if ever. And the process of the IRS Read More
TIN Validation Errors with the IRS Can Affect ACA Compliance

TIN Validation Errors with the IRS Can Affect ACA Compliance

May 9, 2018 2 minute read: A recent blog post from Robert Sheen discussed the IRS’s continuing efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. On an annual basis, )applicable large employers Read More
Update to IRS 226J Infographic Now Includes IRS Letter 227

Update to IRS 226J Infographic Now Includes IRS Letter 227

May 2, 2018 1 minute read:  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. The ACA Penalty Process now being initiated by the IRS is no exception. With 30 days to respond upon receipt Read More
ACA and Healthcare Grow in Popularity as Midterms Draw Near

ACA and Healthcare Grow in Popularity as Midterms Draw Near

April 30, 2018 2 minute read: Studies show that voters have prioritized healthcare as a top issue to be addressed in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections in November. For the first time in Read More
Keep Tabs on Seasonal Workers and Employees to Avoid ACA IRS Penalties

Keep Tabs on Seasonal Workers and Employees to Avoid ACA IRS Penalties

April 25, 2018 3 minute read: Fast forward to summer 2020. You’re taking a nice stroll along the beach, not a care in the world. You feel your phone vibrate and notice you’re Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

April 23, 2018 4 minute read: Originally published on April 18,2018, in Accounting Today. In most organizations, the task of ensuring compliance with the Affordable Care Act lies with the Human Resources team. Read More
New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

April 18, 2018 3 minute read: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued a final rule to expand short-term insurance options for Americans as part of the federal government’s continuing campaign Read More
IRS Safe Harbors for Affordability Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Safe Harbors for Affordability Help Avoid ACA Penalties

April 16, 2018 4 minute read: How exactly do employers prove to the IRS that the healthcare plans they are offering to their workforce are affordable under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? It’s Read More
Five Common Mistakes Restaurants Make with ACA Compliance

Five Common Mistakes Restaurants Make with ACA Compliance

April 11, 2018 3 minute read: Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the reporting requirements set forth by the IRS have proven to be complicated and time consuming. Minimizing Read More
Advisers, Beware These Two Letters from the IRS

Advisers, Beware These Two Letters from the IRS

April 9, 2018 4 minute read: Originally published on April 4, 2018 in Employee Benefit Adviser. Advisers beware: Affordable Care Act penalties are being assessed by the IRS and the enforcement process is Read More
ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

ACA Complexity to Grow as States Develop Their Own Healthcare Solutions [UPDATE]

April 2, 2018 5 minute read:   The many false starts of the Republican-led effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with the Trump administration’s continued efforts to undermine the healthcare law, Read More
File ACA 1094-C/1095-C Information with IRS On Time to Avoid Penalties

File ACA 1094-C/1095-C Information with IRS On Time to Avoid Penalties

March 28, 2018 2 minute read:   With the deadline for providing Affordable Care Act (ACA) information filings to the IRS fast approaching, don’t forget about the late filing penalties under IRS Section 6721. Read More
Organizations Ignoring the ACA are at Financial Risk

Organizations Ignoring the ACA are at Financial Risk

March 26, 2018 5 minute read:  It’s hard to believe, but many organizations continue to be in denial about their need to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Time and time again Read More
Time to Check Your Work with IRS ACA Filing Deadline Approaching

Time to Check Your Work with IRS ACA Filing Deadline Approaching

March 19, 2018 3 minute read:   The April 2 deadline is fast approaching for filing information related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Credit to your organization if it’s putting the finishing touches Read More
Having Responded to IRS Letter 226J to Prove ACA Compliance, Now Meet IRS Letter 227

Having Responded to IRS Letter 226J to Prove ACA Compliance, Now Meet IRS Letter 227

March 14, 2018 Your organization has received a Letter 226J tax notice because the IRS says it did not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the basis of its ACA information Read More