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
Incorrect PTC Calculations Show that Technology Is A Gift and a Curse

Incorrect PTC Calculations Show that Technology Is A Gift and a Curse

September 11, 2017 Over the last two years, the IRS has made some strides in ensuring that certain ACA-mandated processes are as seamless as possible for taxpayers and employers, from streamlining electronic form Read More
Tracking Time and Attendance: A Business Intelligence and Regulatory Imperative

Tracking Time and Attendance: A Business Intelligence and Regulatory Imperative

August 22, 2017 As misclassification suits arise from ill-defined job descriptions in the gig economy, how employees utilize their workdays is also becoming an issue. Who is managing and tracking how workers spend Read More
Another Sign That the IRS is Moving Forward with Enforcing ACA Compliance

Another Sign That the IRS is Moving Forward with Enforcing ACA Compliance

August 21, 2017 Letters released this month by the IRS continue to point to the agency moving forward with its plans to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IRS has indicated it Read More
Get Your Business Data Organized

Get Your Business Data Organized

August 1, 2017 At times, companies may feel like they are swimming in data. It’s an information overload, and a lack of organization can lead to many mistakes in consolidating, validating and analyzing Read More
ACA Remains in Place, and a Study Highlights Potential Lack of Company Compliance

ACA Remains in Place, and a Study Highlights Potential Lack of Company Compliance

July 31, 2017 The recent failure in the U.S. Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) leaves in place the ACA’s employer mandate. The employer mandate applies to businesses with 50 Read More
ACA Filing Deadlines Still Loom Amid Reform Debate

ACA Filing Deadlines Still Loom Amid Reform Debate

July 20, 2017 Originally published on July 18, 2017 in “Compliance Week”  As healthcare reform sputters along in Congress, companies still face filing deadlines under the Affordable Care Act, and the Internal Revenue Service Read More
New Developments In Uber Misclassification Suits Prove The Complexities of Potential ACA Liability

New Developments In Uber Misclassification Suits Prove The Complexities of Potential ACA Liability

July 19, 2017 At the close of June, a shocking new development arose from Uber’s employee misclassification suits. The drivers who asserted they were actual Uber employees and not independent contractors had their Read More
EEO-1 Reporting Complications Creates ACA Reporting Efficiencies

EEO-1 Reporting Complications Creates ACA Reporting Efficiencies

July 17, 2017 At first glance, it’s a nice reprieve that EEO-1 reports for the 2017 tax year have been postponed. Reports were slated for a September 30, 2017 due date for all Read More
IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

July 10, 2017 The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-38, which revealed the results of the Treasury Department’s review of all “significant tax regulations” per President Trump’s Executive Order 13789 issued in April 2017. Read More
FCCI Identifies Five Common Challenges Organizations Face  When Complying with ACA Requirements

FCCI Identifies Five Common Challenges Organizations Face When Complying with ACA Requirements

June 12, 2017 Op-Ed originally published in PR Newswire. LOS ANGELES, CA — June 7, 2017 — First Capitol Consulting, Inc., (FCCI) has achieved a 100 percent success rate in assisting organizations with filing Read More
Preparing Your 2016 ACA Forms – Better Late Than Never

Preparing Your 2016 ACA Forms – Better Late Than Never

May 4, 2017 Now that the dust has settled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay and the 2016 ACA reporting deadline is just behind us, employers Read More
What To Do When An IRS Letter Lands In Your Mailbox

What To Do When An IRS Letter Lands In Your Mailbox

April 25, 2017 The dreaded IRS letter. It can mean anything or nothing at all. As tax season for the 2016 tax year is coming to an end for most, so begins the Read More
The Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration Says Employer Mandate Penalties Are Coming

The Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration Says Employer Mandate Penalties Are Coming

April 17, 2017 With now two reporting years (2015 and 2016) behind us since the implementation of the Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has yet to impose any Read More
Thought That ACA Reporting for 2015 Was a Free Pass? Think Again.

Thought That ACA Reporting for 2015 Was a Free Pass? Think Again.

April 13, 2017 With now two reporting years (2015 and 2016) behind us since the implementation of the Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has yet to impose any Read More
Life After The Proposed AHCA: An Employer’s Tip Sheet

Life After The Proposed AHCA: An Employer’s Tip Sheet

April 4, 2017 Goodbye AHCA, hello ACA. Again. While President Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has left many Americans relieved Read More
The IRS ACA Audit Process Forces Employers to Prove Their Case or Face Penalties

The IRS ACA Audit Process Forces Employers to Prove Their Case or Face Penalties

March 21, 2017 Op-Ed Updated Published on March 16, 2017 on ‘Accounting Today’ A few weeks after the national election, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began to issue notices to employers who may Read More
The ACA Exchange Appeals Process

The ACA Exchange Appeals Process

February 22, 2017 The Exchanges in the Health Insurance Marketplace have been issuing out notices to employers. Each such Notice indicates to the employer that it may be subject to penalties for failing Read More
Uber Decision in Florida and The Gig Economy

Uber Decision in Florida and The Gig Economy

February 20, 2017 In a recent decision within the Florida courts, Uber was victorious in a misclassification case that left Uber drivers classified as independent contractors and not employees. It speaks to the Read More
The IRS Audit Process Will Force Employers to Prove Their Case or Face Penalties

The IRS Audit Process Will Force Employers to Prove Their Case or Face Penalties

February 13, 2017 Post election, in December of 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began to issue out notices to employers who may have failed to comply with the ACA. These notices appear Read More
ACA Reporting And The IRS: What To Know About The Letter You Received

ACA Reporting And The IRS: What To Know About The Letter You Received

January 30, 2017 At the close of 2016, the IRS letters mailed notices to employers, signaling the start of the IRS’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) audit process. Despite much talk of an ACA Read More
Understanding Anti-Discrimination: The IRS Issues Final Rule

Understanding Anti-Discrimination: The IRS Issues Final Rule

January 25, 2017 In the final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, Read More
Trump’s Executive Order on the ACA and Future Compliance Obligations

Trump’s Executive Order on the ACA and Future Compliance Obligations

January 23, 2017 On his first day in office, Trump signed one of his first executive orders, entitled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Read More
The Reality Of ACA Penalties Post-Repeal

The Reality Of ACA Penalties Post-Repeal

January 20, 2017 As Donald J. Trump officially takes his seat as the 45th President of the United States, we inch closer to the reality of an Affordable Care Act repeal. While the Read More
Some ACA Compliance Still Required By Employers Despite Possible Repeal

Some ACA Compliance Still Required By Employers Despite Possible Repeal

January 16, 2017 As conflicting opinions of an ACA Repeal continue to loom overhead, from the Republican viewpoint, a repeal seems inevitable. However, this does not translate to an elimination of ACA compliance Read More
Understanding ACA Compliance And Utilizing Staffing Firms

Understanding ACA Compliance And Utilizing Staffing Firms

January 10, 2017 By now it should come as no surprise that maintaining ACA compliance is a confusing and at times difficult task. We know the basics: Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) with 50 Read More
The IRS ACA Audit Has Begun: What To Do To Avoid Penalties

The IRS ACA Audit Has Begun: What To Do To Avoid Penalties

January 5, 2017 A round of IRS letters have been mailed out to employers, signifying the start of the IRS’s Affordable Care Act audit process. As the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) anticipates nine Read More
Regardless of Election & Rhetoric, Employers Are Still on the Hook for 2016 ACA Reporting

Regardless of Election & Rhetoric, Employers Are Still on the Hook for 2016 ACA Reporting

December 1, 2016 It remains unclear whether Trump and the Republican-majority Congress will repeal and replace the ACA. Shortly after loudly pledging that he will repeal and replace the ACA, just three days Read More
What Will Happen Next With The Gig Economy?

What Will Happen Next With The Gig Economy?

November 28, 2016 Independent contractors have gone from side help for employers to the backbone of many companies. The “gig” economy as it’s now called, includes any of said contractors who work within Read More
ACA’s 2016 Penalties Are Estimated to Near $31 Billion

ACA’s 2016 Penalties Are Estimated to Near $31 Billion

November 22, 2016 Over the course of 2016, the ACA Times has reported on ways for employers to comply with mandates of the Affordable Care Act in an effort to avoid paying large Read More
ACA Reporting Extension & Good Faith Relief From Penalties

ACA Reporting Extension & Good Faith Relief From Penalties

November 21, 2016 2017 is just around the corner, and there’s news from the IRS on important changes. The IRS’s Notice 2016-70, arriving in IRB 2016-49 dated December 5, 2016, highlights some of Read More
ACA Retaliation Claims: The Final Verdict Comes From OSHA

ACA Retaliation Claims: The Final Verdict Comes From OSHA

November 14, 2016 Under the Affordable Care Act, employees unable to afford the minimum essential coverage from employers are possibly eligible for Premium Tax Credits from the Health Insurance Marketplace to assist in Read More
With Trump Election Employers Still on Hook for 2016 ACA Reporting

With Trump Election Employers Still on Hook for 2016 ACA Reporting

November 11, 2016 With the stunning election of Donald Trump as President comes a serious question of what happens to the Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” Read More
New Instructions For Forms 1094-C and 1095-C: An Infographic

New Instructions For Forms 1094-C and 1095-C: An Infographic

November 8, 2016 As the IRS released the final forms for 2016 Form 1094-C (Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns) and 2016 Form 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Penalties Over The Next Ten Years Projects Billions

ACA Employer Mandate Penalties Over The Next Ten Years Projects Billions

November 1, 2016 ACA, compliance is serious business. Failure to comply with the requirements and deadlines set forth by the Affordable Care Act can lead to big penalties. These penalties are so big, Read More
It’s A Brand New Day For Marketplace Notices And Appeals

It’s A Brand New Day For Marketplace Notices And Appeals

October 3, 2016 Over the course of the year, many employers participated in a widespread panic over notices mailed to them from the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. These notices summarized that an employee Read More