What You Need to Know About Letter 5699

What You Need to Know About Letter 5699

September 22, 2020 2 minute read: What Is Letter 5699? Letter 5699, Missing Information Return Form 1094/1095-C, is used to make initial contact with an organization that the IRS believes may have been Read More
New IRS Notice Addresses COVID-19, Medicaid, and the ACA

New IRS Notice Addresses COVID-19, Medicaid, and the ACA

September 16, 2020 2 minute read: New IRS guidance addresses the intersection of COVID-19, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a bid to increase COVID-19 testing in the U.S., one facet Read More
ACA Office Reopens & Issues 2018 Penalty Letters

ACA Office Reopens & Issues 2018 Penalty Letters

September 14, 2020 1 minute read: The IRS Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enforcement Office, located in Ogden, Utah, had been temporarily closed since late March 2020, due to state stay-at-home orders issued in Read More
How AB 2257 May Change Employers’ ACA Compliance Process

How AB 2257 May Change Employers’ ACA Compliance Process

September 10, 2020 2 minute read: California’s AB 5 has forever changed how employers work with freelance workers; that much is certain. A new bill, however, may provide relief for employers that work Read More
What California Residents Need to Know About the Individual Mandate

What California Residents Need to Know About the Individual Mandate

September 8, 2020 2 minute read: As the summer begins to wind down, the events that mark the end of the year draw near. For residents of California, it could be the reality Read More
ACA to Aid Millions in Obtaining Healthcare, KFF Report Finds

ACA to Aid Millions in Obtaining Healthcare, KFF Report Finds

September 4, 2020 2 minute read: The data is in: at least 27 million Americans have lost employer-sponsored health coverage as a result of COVID-19. The Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report in Read More
Covered California Introduces New Special Enrollment Period

Covered California Introduces New Special Enrollment Period

September 2, 2020 1 minute read: Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, has introduced a new special enrollment period to benefit victims of the 500+ wildfires Read More
ACA Reporting to Grow in Complexity Due to State Individual Mandates

ACA Reporting to Grow in Complexity Due to State Individual Mandates

August 28, 2020 3 minute read: Employers with operations in states that have additional state level ACA reporting as a requirement of the state’s Individual Mandate know that it’s no easy undertaking, but Read More
New Jersey Adopts ACA Provision to Lower Healthcare Costs

New Jersey Adopts ACA Provision to Lower Healthcare Costs

August 26, 2020 3 minute read: Earlier this month, New Jersey signed into law a state version of an Affordable Care Act provision, the Health Insurance Assessment (HIA) program. New Jersey is the Read More
New Victory Shows ACA’s Staying Power in Court

New Victory Shows ACA’s Staying Power in Court

August 24, 2020 2 minute read: In another court victory for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal appellate court ruled in Texas v. Rettig that a provision of the ACA that imposes Read More
IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

August 21, 2020 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
ACA Compliance Responsibilities Could Increase if the Federal Government Adopts the ABC Test for Employee Misclassification

ACA Compliance Responsibilities Could Increase if the Federal Government Adopts the ABC Test for Employee Misclassification

August 19, 2020 3 minute read: A tsunami for the gig economy may be coming on the horizon. We have written recently about the ongoing issues that gig economy employers, such as Uber Read More
ACA Affordability to Increase for the 2021 Tax Year

ACA Affordability to Increase for the 2021 Tax Year

August 17, 2020 2 minute read: For the 2021 tax year, the ACA affordability threshold will increase. That means employees will likely have to contribute more towards their employer-sponsored healthcare. IRS Notice Rev Read More
ACA Expansion of Medicaid Passes in Missouri

ACA Expansion of Medicaid Passes in Missouri

August 14, 2020 3 minute read: In yet another triumphant win for the Affordable Care Act, the state of Missouri approved and passed the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion comes after nearly 53% Read More
California Doubles Down on Its Gig Economy Worker Misclassification Challenge. Learn How That Could Affect Your ACA Compliance

California Doubles Down on Its Gig Economy Worker Misclassification Challenge. Learn How That Could Affect Your ACA Compliance

August 12, 2020 3 minute read: California is doubling down in its battle against the gig economy. The California Labor Commissioner’s office just announced that it filed a lawsuit against Uber for misclassifying Read More
Most States Reject Trump ACA STLDI Rule as DC Circuit Says It’s Here to Stay

Most States Reject Trump ACA STLDI Rule as DC Circuit Says It’s Here to Stay

August 10, 2020 2 minute read: The convergence of insurance regulation at the federal and state levels keeps getting more complex. In July, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Trump administration Read More
New Senate Bill Seeks to Enhance the Employee Retention Credit Under the CARES Act

New Senate Bill Seeks to Enhance the Employee Retention Credit Under the CARES Act

August 5, 2020 2 minute read: The Senate recently introduced new legislation to further assist in the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, including the American Workers, Families and Employer Assistance Act. Under this Senate Bill, Read More
Gig-Economy Worker Benefits Will Affect ACA Compliance

Gig-Economy Worker Benefits Will Affect ACA Compliance

August 3, 2020 3 minute read: It’s no mystery that both companies and consumers benefit from the gig-economy, but what about the workers? Sure, it provides a means to an end, but workers Read More
Employee Misclassification Laws Add Headache to Employer ACA Compliance

Employee Misclassification Laws Add Headache to Employer ACA Compliance

July 31, 2020 3 minute read: In the past year three states have implemented laws that broaden the definition of “employee” and include penalties or additional liability exposure for employers who misclassify their Read More
More ACA Complexity: California Releases Draft Instructions Diverge From ACA Employer Reporting

More ACA Complexity: California Releases Draft Instructions Diverge From ACA Employer Reporting

July 29, 2020 2 minute read: With the zeroing out of the ACA’s “Individual Mandate,” which required individuals to have minimum essential health coverage through the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Read More
ACA Enhancement Bill Telling of the Times

ACA Enhancement Bill Telling of the Times

July 24, 2020 2 minute read: House of Representative Democrats have unveiled a bill that would enhance many of the ACA’s components while reversing much of the Trump administration’s onslaught to the healthcare Read More
Trump ACA Contraceptive Rule Upheld by Supreme Court

Trump ACA Contraceptive Rule Upheld by Supreme Court

July 22, 2020 2 minute read: On July 8, 2020 the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, upholding the new Trump Administration rule regarding contraceptive Read More
IRS Release Drafts of 2020 IRS Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

IRS Release Drafts of 2020 IRS Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

July 17, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS released its draft 2020 IRS Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, dated as draft as of July 13, 2020. There are no changes to the Form 1094-C Read More
ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Takes Hold in Oklahoma

ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Takes Hold in Oklahoma

July 17, 2020 3 minute read: In late June, Oklahoma joined 37 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the ACA. Better late than never and in good timing Read More
Californians Beware, The Individual ACA Penalty Has Increased

Californians Beware, The Individual ACA Penalty Has Increased

July 13, 2020 2 minute read: California residents that fail to obtain qualified health coverage this year will receive a penalty from the state for an amount larger than first projected. Per California’s Read More
IRS to Begin Issuing ACA Penalty Letters after July 15, 2020

IRS to Begin Issuing ACA Penalty Letters after July 15, 2020

July 10, 2020 2 minute read: Employers should start gearing up for IRS penalty letters issued under the Affordable Care Act. According to an announcement posted on the IRS website, the IRS has Read More
Virginia’s New Misclassification Law Will Impact Employers ACA Compliance

Virginia’s New Misclassification Law Will Impact Employers ACA Compliance

July 6, 2020 2 minute read: Virginia has decided to get into the worker misclassification game with the passage and implementation of HB 984 on July 1, 2020. Unlike states such as California Read More
ACA Penalties under §4980H are not Subject to a Statute of Limitations

ACA Penalties under §4980H are not Subject to a Statute of Limitations

June 29, 2020 2 minute read: As businesses reopen and bring workers back to offices, restaurants, and retail stores across the country, employers should take this opportunity to look at their ACA compliance Read More
The ACA PCORI Fee Deadline is Fast Approaching

The ACA PCORI Fee Deadline is Fast Approaching

June 19, 2020 2 minute read: This time last year was presumed to be the last time health insurers and employers offering self-funded health insurance plans would have to pay PCORI fees, but Read More
Employers, Are You Prepared for the DC 1094-C/1095-C Filing Requirements?

Employers, Are You Prepared for the DC 1094-C/1095-C Filing Requirements?

June 17, 2020 2 minute read: Washington DC is one of several jurisdictions to have implemented an individual mandate in the wake of Congress zeroing out the federal ACA penalty for individuals who Read More
How Serious are Penalties under the ACA? Very.

How Serious are Penalties under the ACA? Very.

June 8, 2020 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the single most important piece of health care legislation in generations. One major reason for the ACA’s significant impact on the Read More
Protect App-Based Drivers Act Would Create Further Employee Classification and ACA Reporting Issues

Protect App-Based Drivers Act Would Create Further Employee Classification and ACA Reporting Issues

June 5, 2020 3 minute read: As part of their campaign against the requirements of California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which went into effect January 2020 and requires employers to treat contract workers Read More
Proposed IRS Regs Will Not Affect How Individuals Receive PTCs

Proposed IRS Regs Will Not Affect How Individuals Receive PTCs

June 3, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS recently issued proposed regulations on how the personal tax exemption reduction to “0” will affect qualifications for recipients of Premium Tax Credits (PTCs). Regulation 124810-19, Read More
AB5 Targets Multi-Level Marketing Companies – See How this Could Affect Your ACA Compliance

AB5 Targets Multi-Level Marketing Companies – See How this Could Affect Your ACA Compliance

June 1, 2020 3 minute read: Multi-level marketing giant Amway was sued in a proposed class action earlier this year for misclassifying its Independent Business Owners (IBOs) as independent contractors instead of employees. Read More
ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Key Player for Providing Health Coverage Amid COVID-19

ACA’s Expansion of Medicaid Key Player for Providing Health Coverage Amid COVID-19

May 29, 2020 2 minute read: By now it’s become abundantly clear how important it is for individuals to have health coverage. COVID-19 or not, healthcare is saving lives and the ACA has Read More
Emergency Paid Sick Leave and the ACA

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and the ACA

May 28, 2020 3 minute read: If you are a U.S. business, there is a good chance that one or more of your employees have taken emergency paid sick leave. Such leaves may Read More
Why CMS’s 2021 Payment Notice May Lead to More PTC Allocations

Why CMS’s 2021 Payment Notice May Lead to More PTC Allocations

May 27, 2020 2 minute read: Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 (2021 Payment Notice). The rule includes Read More
New IRS Notice May Provide Relief and ACA Exposure

New IRS Notice May Provide Relief and ACA Exposure

May 26, 2020 2 minute read: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has instituted a number of important adjustments to employee benefits plan compliance rules. Recently, the Read More
Employers May See More ACA Penalties As a Result of COVID-19

Employers May See More ACA Penalties As a Result of COVID-19

May 25, 2020 2 minute read: A new data analysis report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds the vast majority of Americans who lost their job amid COVID-19will be eligible for government Read More
Know your Tax Relief and ACA Compliance Obligations during the Pandemic: California Governor’s Executive Order brings Property Tax penalty Relief

Know your Tax Relief and ACA Compliance Obligations during the Pandemic: California Governor’s Executive Order brings Property Tax penalty Relief

May 22, 2020 2 minute read: On May 6, 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-61-20 providing some property tax penalty relief to individual and small business taxpayer’s who have been Read More
Uber and Lyft sued by California for Misclassifying Gig Workers. How Misclassification can Impact ACA Compliance

Uber and Lyft sued by California for Misclassifying Gig Workers. How Misclassification can Impact ACA Compliance

May 21, 2020 3 minute read: Gig Economy giants Uber and Lyft are being sued by the state of California for allegedly failing to meet the requirements of California Assembly Bill 5 (AB Read More
ACA Penalties to Continue with the IRS Returning to Work

ACA Penalties to Continue with the IRS Returning to Work

May 18, 2020 2 minute read: As states begin to lift their shelter-in-place orders and begin plans to re-open, employers should take note of recent IRSactivity, as the agency is expediting its efforts Read More
Workforce Changes Now Will Affect ACA Reporting Later

Workforce Changes Now Will Affect ACA Reporting Later

May 13, 2020 3 minute read: Several weeks into quarantine and social distancing, many are wondering when the country will reopen. As of April 20, 42 states had placed shelter in place orders. Read More
Returning to Work: Rehiring Employees After COVID-19 and the Impact on ACA Compliance

Returning to Work: Rehiring Employees After COVID-19 and the Impact on ACA Compliance

May 6, 2020 4 minute read: As states begin to relax their stay at home orders and businesses look to reopen post COVID-19 Pandemic, Employers should start thinking about how bringing back furloughed Read More
No Double Dipping: Forgiven Covered Expenses on a PPP Loan Are Not Deductible

No Double Dipping: Forgiven Covered Expenses on a PPP Loan Are Not Deductible

May 4, 2020 1 minute read: The IRS recently issued IRS Notice 2020-32. See here. This Notice discusses the tax deductibility status of expenses that are forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Read More
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of ACA Risk Corridors

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of ACA Risk Corridors

April 30, 2020 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act chalked up a win in late April when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to pay insurance companies funding it’s been entitled Read More
Potential ACA Relief for Employers Facing COVID-19 Hardship

Potential ACA Relief for Employers Facing COVID-19 Hardship

April 24, 2020 2 minute read: As the COVID-19 global health pandemic continues to affect businesses large and small, employers must still comply with the requirements of the ACA’s Employer Mandate. Under the Read More
ACA COVID-19 Special Enrollment Periods Open in States Across the Country

ACA COVID-19 Special Enrollment Periods Open in States Across the Country

April 20, 2020 2 minute read: While Trump Administration shot down the idea of a special ACA enrollment period to help individuals who have lost their coverage due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, states Read More
Get to Know the Tax Provisions in the CARES Act

Get to Know the Tax Provisions in the CARES Act

April 17, 2020 4 minute read: Many employers and individuals are understandably concerned about how to navigate the difficult business environment created by the COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting state and federal mitigation measures. Read More