Get to Know the ACA’s Statewide Individual Mandates

Get to Know the ACA’s Statewide Individual Mandates

October 10, 2019 3 minute read: In January 2019, the federal Individual Mandate was effectively eliminated. Many states responded by implementing their own and some of them have both employer and employee penalties Read More
Eliminating the ACA’s Cadillac Tax Will Not Impact the Employer Mandate

Eliminating the ACA’s Cadillac Tax Will Not Impact the Employer Mandate

October 8, 2019 3 minute read: All eyes on are the U.S. Senate to see if a vote will be taken to eliminate a tax associated with the Affordable Care Act. The tax Read More
These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

September 23, 2019 3 minute read: Affordable Care Act compliance can be time-consuming and complex. There are a myriad of issues that can arise during the course of the year that can make Read More
New Jersey Issues Employer Guidance on State-Level ACA Reporting

New Jersey Issues Employer Guidance on State-Level ACA Reporting

September 16, 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
ACA Full-Time: What is it and Why Does it Matter

ACA Full-Time: What is it and Why Does it Matter

September 12, 2019 4 minute read: What constitutes a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act? The answer is not as simple as it seems. Getting this full-time employee count right matters under Read More
IRS Penalties Create A Hurricane for Businesses Failing to Comply with the ACA

IRS Penalties Create A Hurricane for Businesses Failing to Comply with the ACA

September 10, 2019 5 minute read: It’s a hurricane of IRS penalty notices. And it’s no laughing matter for businesses that have failed to comply with the Affordable Care Act. The IRS is Read More
IRS Renews Insurer Fees

IRS Renews Insurer Fees

September 9, 2019 1 minute read: The IRS has released Notice 2019-50, which outlines the Applicable Fee amount for the 2020 tax year. This is the fee to be charged to health insurance Read More
ACA Approval Ratings on The Rise

ACA Approval Ratings on The Rise

September 4, 2019 3 minute read:  As the discussion over the 2020 election begins to take shape, we can expect the Affordable Care Act to be a topic of debate. However, based on Read More
ACA Measurement Methods Are Critical for Avoiding IRS Penalties

ACA Measurement Methods Are Critical for Avoiding IRS Penalties

August 29, 2019 3 minute read: If you or someone you know has been hit with IRS Letter 226J, you know that it is no laughing matter. The IRS is issuing these ACA Read More
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
IRS Issues Letter 972CG to Employers for Late ACA Filings

IRS Issues Letter 972CG to Employers for Late ACA Filings

August 19, 2019 4 minute read: The IRS has started to issue ACA penalties to employers who have filed their annual ACA information past IRS deadlines, another sign that the IRS is further Read More
Expect Increased IRS Penalties in 2019 for ACA Non-Compliance

Expect Increased IRS Penalties in 2019 for ACA Non-Compliance

August 14, 2019 3 minute read: Expect to see increased ACA penalties for employers that do not comply with the ACA in the 2019 tax year. Here’s how the anticipated ACA penalties for Read More
The IRS Is Intensifying ACA Enforcement Efforts

The IRS Is Intensifying ACA Enforcement Efforts

August 12, 2019 3 minute read: Originally published on August 7, 2019, in Accounting Today. Accountants may see some of their business clients getting caught up this summer in IRS activities to enforce Read More
A Late Response to IRS Letter 226J Could Cost You

A Late Response to IRS Letter 226J Could Cost You

August 9, 2019 2 minute read: Responding to IRS Letter 226J penalty assessments quickly and accurately is very important for a number of reasons, including reducing or eliminating the proposed penalty assessment. But Read More
We Answer Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions

We Answer Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions

August 7, 2019 3 minute read: We hosted an ACA webinar in July with HR.com, and were asked several questions relating to the ACA’s Employer Mandate. The answers are now available on our Read More
Penalties for the 2019 Tax Year Are Higher Than Ever

Penalties for the 2019 Tax Year Are Higher Than Ever

August 5, 2019 3 minute read: The IRS has not let up with issuing ACA penalties to employers identified as having failed to comply with the law’s Employer Mandate. As in past tax Read More
Keep An Eye Out for Letter 5699 [UPDATE]

Keep An Eye Out for Letter 5699 [UPDATE]

July 29, 2019 3 minute read: It’s summer, but we can expect a blizzard of ACA notices and penalty assessments being sent by the IRS as the tax agency steps up its ACA Read More
Trump Tries to Change the ACA, But Not The Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

Trump Tries to Change the ACA, But Not The Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

July 24, 2019 3 minute read:  President Trump announced his intent to make administrative changes to the Affordable Care Act in 2017 as part of this executive order, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition 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
IRS Stepping Up Enforcement of ACA

IRS Stepping Up Enforcement of ACA

July 17, 2019 3 minute read: I frequently meet with insurance brokers, CPAs and business owners who are interested in the latest on the IRS’s efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act. In 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
ACA’s Annual PCORI Fees Are Due to the IRS by the End of July

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

July 12, 2019 2 minute read:  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 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
California Passes New State-Wide Healthcare Individual Mandate

California Passes New State-Wide Healthcare Individual Mandate

July 3, 2019 5 minute read: In early January, I wrote a blog post titled, “Will 2019 Be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?” More and more, it is appearing that 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
How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2017 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2017 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 14, 2019 1 minute read: IRS staff has confirmed that the IRS is issuing Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2017 tax year. If you receive a Letter 226J, you have 30 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
Get Ready! More IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalty Notices Are on the Way [UPDATE]

Get Ready! More IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalty Notices Are on the Way [UPDATE]

June 5, 2019 3 minute read: IRS staff is expected to start issuing Affordable Care Act penalty notices for the 2017 tax year this month. This comes on the heels of a final 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
IRS Sending New ACA Penalty Notices for 2017 Tax Year

IRS Sending New ACA Penalty Notices for 2017 Tax Year

May 24, 2019 3 minute read: The IRS has started issuing new penalty notices to employers that failed to file forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the federal tax agency or furnish 1095-C forms Read More
Suggestions on Responding to IRS 6721/6722 ACA Penalties

Suggestions on Responding to IRS 6721/6722 ACA Penalties

May 22, 2019 3 minute read: In late 2018, the IRS began issuing ACA penalties under IRC 6721/6722 to employers that failed to distribute 1095-C forms to employees and to file 1094-C and Read More
New Jersey Plans to Create Statewide Health Exchange

New Jersey Plans to Create Statewide Health Exchange

May 20, 2019 3 minute read:  New Jersey will administer its own statewide health exchange marketplace starting in 2021. As a result, the state will no longer operate under the federal health exchange. 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
CMS Report Shows a Stabilizing ACA

CMS Report Shows a Stabilizing ACA

April 22, 2019 2 minute read: The latest open enrollment period report for the 2019 plan year from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) shows that the Affordable Care Act marketplace 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
Submit ACA Corrections Now to Avoid IRS Penalties

Submit ACA Corrections Now to Avoid IRS Penalties

April 15, 2019 4 minute read: The deadline to electronically file ACA forms 1094-C and 1095-C for the 2018 tax year was April 1. Did your organization make it? If it did, were all 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
Avoid These ACA Filing Errors to Prevent Getting IRS Letter 226J Year After Year

Avoid These ACA Filing Errors to Prevent Getting IRS Letter 226J Year After Year

April 3, 2019 5 minute read: They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. We’ve seen many employers repeatedly make the same mistakes in their annual ACA 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 health care, staffing, restaurant and construction industries are under fire from the IRS for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Companies within these 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
Deadline to Furnish ACA Form 1095-C is Today

Deadline to Furnish ACA Form 1095-C is Today

March 4, 2019 2 minute read: Will you make it? The deadline for employers to distribute 1095-C forms to their full-time workforce is today, March 4. This deadline applies to employers with 50 Read More