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ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Are Due to the IRS by the End of July

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by Joanna Kim-Brunetti

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The annual PCORI fees are due by the end of the month from health insurers and plan sponsors offering self-funded health insurance plans.

On July 31, these employers must pay the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund Fee using Form 720, otherwise known as the Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return. According to the IRS, the fee should be paid using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

The PCORI fee is calculated off the average number of lives covered during the policy year. That means that all parties enrolled will have to be accounted for such as dependents, spouses, retirees, and COBRA beneficiaries.

For policy and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019, the applicable dollar amount per covered individual is $2.45.

It should be noted that PCORI fees will be expiring this year and the PCORI fee will not be assessed for plan years ending after Sept. 30, 2019.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee is a fee on issuers of specified health insurance policies and plan sponsors of applicable self-insured health plans that helps to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The institute assists, through research, patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy-makers in making informed health decisions by advancing the quality and relevance of evidence-based medicine. The institute compiles and distributes comparative clinical effectiveness research findings.

The final regulations specify that the PCORI fees also apply to short-term plan of applicable self-insured health plans; that is, plans that run shorter than 12 months in duration. The only exceptions for paying PCORI fees apply to governmental programs and programs established by federal law for providing medical care.

If your organization is subject to the PCORI fees, make sure you get your information in before July 31 as failure to pay the fee could result in IRS penalties. Since the PCORI fee is considered an excise tax, it is calculated under IRC 6651. Some third-party organizations may include PCORI coordination as a part of their ACA compliance service at no extra charge.

For more information from the IRS on the PCORI fee, click here.

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