IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

August 23, 2019 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? It’s an Read More
IRS Enforcement of the ACA Not Wavering

IRS Enforcement of the ACA Not Wavering

August 21, 2019 2 minute read: Give the IRS credit. It is consistent. In 2017, the federal tax agency responded to an inquiry about waivers to business owners from U.S. House Representative Bill Read More
ACA Compliance is Hot This Summer

ACA Compliance is Hot This Summer

July 22, 2019 4 minute read: The words “Summer” and “vacation” are often paired together. Applicable Large Employers should note that even though their ACA filing responsibilities have likely been satisfied due to Read More
Handling Seasonal Employees and Workers is Critical for ACA Compliance

Handling Seasonal Employees and Workers is Critical for ACA Compliance

July 15, 2019 3 minute read: Unfortunately, we’ve heard first hand from many of our clients that their Affordable Care Act compliance responsibilities tend to slip during the summer months following the push Read More
Expiring ITINs May Affect ACA Compliance

Expiring ITINs May Affect ACA Compliance

July 10, 2019 3 minute read: The IRS has announced that nearly two million ITINs are set to expire in 2019. What does this mean for your business and ACA compliance? We have Read More
Monthly ACA Compliance Can Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

Monthly ACA Compliance Can Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

July 8, 2019 4 minute read: As the IRS rolls out Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2017 tax year, those of you who have a monthly compliance process in place to address Read More
New Jersey Issues Employer Guidance on State-Level ACA Reporting

New Jersey Issues Employer Guidance on State-Level ACA Reporting

June 28, 2019 2 minute read:  The state of New Jersey has issued information for employers on third-party reporting to support the state’s new individual healthcare mandate. Employers with employees in New Jersey Read More
Expect Greater Scrutiny and Audits from IRS Staff on ACA Compliance

Expect Greater Scrutiny and Audits from IRS Staff on ACA Compliance

June 24, 2019 4 minute read: The IRS staff is preparing a new round of IRC 4980H penalty assessments to be issued to employers for failing to comply with the requirements of the Read More
IRS Limiting Length of Extensions for Responding to ACA Penalty Notices

IRS Limiting Length of Extensions for Responding to ACA Penalty Notices

June 21, 2019 3 minute read: Employers that receive IRS Letter 226J penalty notice for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act will be limited to one 30-day extension for each IRS Read More
Monthly ACA Compliance Can Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

Monthly ACA Compliance Can Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

June 7, 2019 4 minute read: As the IRS begins rolling out a new round of ACA penalty notices this month, we can’t stress enough how important it is to assess your compliance Read More
Data Quality Management Is Key to ACA Compliance

Data Quality Management Is Key to ACA Compliance

May 29, 2019 5 minute read:  Many of the challenges posed by the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate are inherently data problems. Data quality management is not just an issue for larger employers Read More
CMS Seeks Input from States on ACA Waivers

CMS Seeks Input from States on ACA Waivers

May 15, 2019 2 minute read: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury have issued a request for information (RFI) to states seeking more ideas on potential Read More
Triangle of Trust Critical for ACA Compliance

Triangle of Trust Critical for ACA Compliance

May 6, 2019 3 minute read: It’s called the Triangle of Trustsm, the intersection of data, analytics and regulatory expertise necessary to move raw data to successful regulatory compliance. Success can only be Read More
Grandmothered ACA Plans Receive Transition-Relief Extension

Grandmothered ACA Plans Receive Transition-Relief Extension

May 1, 2019 2 minute read: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the period of non-enforcement for certain non-compliant health policies under Read More
An ACA Penalty Risk Assessment May Help School Districts Avoid IRS Penalties

An ACA Penalty Risk Assessment May Help School Districts Avoid IRS Penalties

April 25, 2019 4 minute read:  The Affordable Care Act is complex and complying with the law’s Employer Mandate can be challenging for school districts. We had that confirmed in recent conversations at Read More
Employers Must Correct IRS Errors to Avoid ACA Penalties

Employers Must Correct IRS Errors to Avoid ACA Penalties

April 24, 2019 3 minute read:  We are all human, including the people who work at the IRS. And like all of us, sometimes they make mistakes. The only difference is that errors Read More
Reduce IRS Penalty Risk With Monthly ACA Compliance

Reduce IRS Penalty Risk With Monthly ACA Compliance

April 17, 2019 3 minute read: At this point, if your organization has achieved success in complying with the Affordable Care Act, you understand that it’s no simple undertaking. Chances are, your organization Read More
ACA Compliance Still Confusing to Employers

ACA Compliance Still Confusing to Employers

April 10, 2019 5 minute read: Employers are still confused with how to comply with the Affordable Care Act, and continue to hide their heads in the sand about the real risk of Read More
These Industries Are at Risk for ACA Penalties from the IRS

These Industries Are at Risk for ACA Penalties from the IRS

April 1, 2019 3 minute read: The home healthcare, staffing, restaurant and construction industries are under fire from the IRS for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Companies within these industries Read More
The Signs Were There for IRS’s ACA Enforcement

The Signs Were There for IRS’s ACA Enforcement

March 18, 2019 5 minute read: One of the more complex sections of the Affordable Care Act is the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions, also referred to as the ACA Employer Mandate. Under the Read More
Hey Accountants, the IRS is Coming for Your Clients

Hey Accountants, the IRS is Coming for Your Clients

March 11, 2019 3 minute read: Originally published on March 6, 2018, in Accounting Today. Lost amid the confusion of the federal government shutdown this year was a new set of penalties the Read More
Having Responded to IRS Letter 226J to Prove ACA Compliance, Now Meet IRS Letter 227 [UPDATE]

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

March 6, 2019 2 minute read: 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 Read More
Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

February 20, 2019 3 minute read: Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. This is especially Read More
IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties [UPDATE]

IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties [UPDATE]

February 11, 2019 4 minute read: The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time consuming. An Read More
The IRS is Issuing Penalties for Not Providing 1095-C Forms by IRS Deadlines [UPDATE]

The IRS is Issuing Penalties for Not Providing 1095-C Forms by IRS Deadlines [UPDATE]

January 21, 2019 2 minute read: The IRS has started to issue a new round of ACA penalties that focus on failure to distribute 1095-C forms to employees and to file 1094-C and Read More
California Carries the Torch for State-Based Individual Mandates

California Carries the Torch for State-Based Individual Mandates

January 16, 2019 2 minute read: California Governor Gavin Newsom has not wasted time wading into the healthcare debate. The governor has proposed an individual mandate requiring all California residents to obtain health Read More
ACA Compliance Should Continue Despite Government Shutdown

ACA Compliance Should Continue Despite Government Shutdown

January 9, 2019 2 minute read: As we enter the third week of government shutdown, we’re on track to surpass the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The shutdown affects many government agencies, including Read More
Free Resources to Help with Affordable Care Act Compliance in 2019

Free Resources to Help with Affordable Care Act Compliance in 2019

January 2, 2019 1 minute read: We hope you had a wonderful holiday break, with much fun with family and friends. Now, back to reality. As many of you begin go to focus Read More
ACA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Burden HR Staff

ACA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Burden HR Staff

November 14, 2018 5 minute read: Human Resources staff have a difficult job. They help keep their organizations running smoothly by ensuring, to the greatest degree possible, that the employer is in compliance Read More
How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2016 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2016 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 22, 2018 1 minute read:  IRS staff has confirmed that the agency will begin issuing Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2016 tax year in the next few weeks. If you receive 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
After Settlement Rejected, Dave & Buster’s Court Case Continues

After Settlement Rejected, Dave & Buster’s Court Case Continues

February 21, 2018 The class action lawsuit filed in federal courts in New York’s Southern District against entertainment and restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s is continuing after the judge in the case rejected Read More
Worker Misclassification Can Impact ACA Compliance

Worker Misclassification Can Impact ACA Compliance

January 10, 2018 On December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) took effect. The new law allows for heightened investigations into those employers that are allegedly misclassifying their workers Read More
Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

Calculating FT and FTE Employees [UPDATED]

January 4, 2018 As part of their annual filing of healthcare coverage information with the IRS, organizations must determine if they are Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for purposes of the Affordable Care Act Read More
IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

IRS Extension of Good Faith Relief is Good and Bad News

December 28, 2017 As the saying goes, I have some good news and some bad news. For the good news, the IRS has extended good faith relief for information-reporting requirements for the Affordable Read More
ACA Individual Mandate is Set to be Gone, but Desire for Health Insurance Remains

ACA Individual Mandate is Set to be Gone, but Desire for Health Insurance Remains

December 21, 2017 As part of tax reform legislation passed by Congress, the individual mandate provision in the ACA requiring every American citizen to obtain health insurance or pay an annual financial penalty Read More
IRS Penalties for ACA Non-Compliance Can Be Costly

IRS Penalties for ACA Non-Compliance Can Be Costly

December 13, 2017 The IRS has announced the penalty amounts for companies with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the Read More
The IRS is Sending Million Dollar ACA Penalty Notices to Employers

The IRS is Sending Million Dollar ACA Penalty Notices to Employers

November 15, 2017 The letter no one wants is now in the mail! (click the image for the full letter) Applicable Large Employers (ALEs), employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent Read More
The IRS Releases Sample of Letter 226J

The IRS Releases Sample of Letter 226J

November 9, 2017 As we reported this week, the IRS has issued guidance on its plans to issue penalty notices by the end of this year to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) it believes Read More
The IRS Will Start Issuing ACA Penalty Notices in 2017

The IRS Will Start Issuing ACA Penalty Notices in 2017

November 6, 2017 As we reported earlier this year, indications from the IRS pointed to the agency sending enforcement notices by December 2017 to businesses with 50 or more employees – referred to Read More
The Two C’s of Open Enrollment Season: Communication and Compliance

The Two C’s of Open Enrollment Season: Communication and Compliance

October 2, 2017 The Affordable Care Act raised the ante on providing health insurance to Americans for U. S. businesses. It mandated that applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time employees Read More
With the Threat Of ACA-Imposed Penalties From the IRS, Employers Must Be Serious About Tracking Employee and Worker Time

With the Threat Of ACA-Imposed Penalties From the IRS, Employers Must Be Serious About Tracking Employee and Worker Time

September 20, 2017 The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees must offer health insurance coverage to their full-time employees has come with added Read More