The IRS’s Forms 1095 For the ACA Explained

The IRS’s Forms 1095 For the ACA Explained

July 9, 2021 A number of changes were introduced to the health insurance marketplace with the passage of the ACA in 2010. From different reporting forms and health insurance plan requirements to the Read More
Understanding ACA Forms 1094-C/1095-C

Understanding ACA Forms 1094-C/1095-C

June 25, 2021 Employers required to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate must report their full-time employee’s healthcare information to the IRS annually via forms 1094-C and 1095-C, but what exactly are these Read More
These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

June 18, 2021 3 min read ACA compliance can be time-consuming and complex. There is a myriad of issues that can arise during the course of the year that can make employers’ annual Read More
What you Need to Know About IRS Letter 5699

What you Need to Know About IRS Letter 5699

June 4, 2021 2 minute read With the IRS ramping up enforcement of the ACA, employers should keep their eyes peeled for the penalty warning notice, Letter 5699. Responding promptly and accurately to Read More
Your ACA State Filing Questions Answered

Your ACA State Filing Questions Answered

May 18, 2021 3 minute read: We recently hosted a webinar on the growing number of states requiring ACA reporting in addition to federal filing with the IRS. With the 2020 tax year Read More
American Rescue Plan Introduces New Changes to COBRA

American Rescue Plan Introduces New Changes to COBRA

May 11, 2021 3 minute read: Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) has reshaped the way Americans receive and qualify for healthcare coverage, including COBRA. Before diving into the specifics of how the ARP Read More
Biden Seeks to Make PTC Eligibility Expansion Permanent

Biden Seeks to Make PTC Eligibility Expansion Permanent

May 4, 2021 3 minute read: The Biden administration is once again finding ways to bolster the Affordable Care Act. This time the advancement comes in the form of ACA subsidies and the Read More
IRS Suspends Excess Repayment of APTCs for 2020 Tax Year

IRS Suspends Excess Repayment of APTCs for 2020 Tax Year

April 29, 2021 3 minute read: The latest ACA advancement to be introduced by the Biden administration comes via the American Rescue Plan and applies to the use of Advanced Payments of Premium Read More
IRS Experiences Paper Mail Backlog, Employers Should E-file ACA Returns

IRS Experiences Paper Mail Backlog, Employers Should E-file ACA Returns

April 27, 2021 3 minute read: The COVID-19 pandemic created hardships for everyone and everything, including the IRS. On numerous occasions, the agency announced a significant backlog in processing paper returns. As of Read More
[UPDATE] What Employers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Credit

[UPDATE] What Employers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Credit

April 21, 2021 3 minute read: The latest IRS Notice 2021-23 provides additional rules on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) with respect to quarter one and quarter two of the 2021 tax year.   Read More
Recapping on Biden’s ACA Reforms, What Employers Need to Know

Recapping on Biden’s ACA Reforms, What Employers Need to Know

April 8, 2021 3 minute read: Since Biden took office on January 20, 2021, several advancements to the Affordable Care Act followed, so we thought it best to recap on the ACA reforms Read More
Final Rule Allows for More Flexibility with Grandfathered Health Plans

Final Rule Allows for More Flexibility with Grandfathered Health Plans

April 6, 2021 3 minute read: In December 2020, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (including the IRS) issued a final rule regarding ACA grandfathered health plans.  Grandfathered health Read More
March 31 is the Deadline for E-Filing ACA Returns With the IRS

March 31 is the Deadline for E-Filing ACA Returns With the IRS

March 31, 2021 2 minute read: March 31, 2021, is the deadline for e-filing ACA returns, Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, to the IRS for the 2020 tax year as required by the ACA’s Read More
FTB to Publish Employer California Reporting Non-Compliance Data

FTB to Publish Employer California Reporting Non-Compliance Data

March 30, 2021 3 minute read: Employers should be aware that data concerning non-compliance with California’s Individual Mandate will be publicly reported and published annually by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on Read More
New Stimulus Plan Expands PTC Eligibility, Employer Penalties

New Stimulus Plan Expands PTC Eligibility, Employer Penalties

March 25, 2021 3 minute read: President Joe Biden recently signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and it includes provisions that make ACA healthcare coverage more accessible to Americans. The $1.9 Read More
What Biden’s New HHS Secretary Could Mean for the ACA

What Biden’s New HHS Secretary Could Mean for the ACA

March 22, 2021 3 minute read: President Joe Biden nominated California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a known supporter of the ACA, as the new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. On March 18, Read More
How The Raise the Wage Act Could Impact ACA Compliance

How The Raise the Wage Act Could Impact ACA Compliance

March 10, 2021 3 minute read: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last month that outlines the budgetary effects on American employment if the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 is Read More
The IRS is Issuing ACA Penalty Letter 226J for 2018

The IRS is Issuing ACA Penalty Letter 226J for 2018

March 4, 2021 3 minute read: The IRS has begun to issue Letter 226J penalty assessments to employers that failed to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate for the 2018 tax year. If Read More
What Employers Need to Know About the 2020 ACA 1095-C Codes

What Employers Need to Know About the 2020 ACA 1095-C Codes

February 25, 2021 3 minute read: ACA reporting for the 2020 tax year will be different from years past because of the new Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) codes. These new codes, Read More
Employers May Face Additional Challenges with 2020 ACA Reporting

Employers May Face Additional Challenges with 2020 ACA Reporting

February 23, 2021 3 minute read: With the 2020 ACA filing deadlines fast approaching, employers will be met with additional reporting challenges due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. From determining full-time Read More
Biden’s Affordable Care Act Advancements are Underway

Biden’s Affordable Care Act Advancements are Underway

February 17, 2021 3 minute read: Since the Biden Administration took office a few weeks ago, changes to help bolster the Affordable Care Act are already underway. President Joe Biden has already signed Read More
California Individual Mandate Penalties Will be Issued in 2021

California Individual Mandate Penalties Will be Issued in 2021

February 15, 2021 3 minute read: State residents of California who failed to obtain health coverage during the 2020 tax year could see a penalty notice from the state as a part of Read More
Most Frequently Asked ACA Questions for Employers and Individuals

Most Frequently Asked ACA Questions for Employers and Individuals

February 11, 2021 3 minute read: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a comprehensive healthcare reform law enacted under President Barack Obama in 2010. The implementation of the ACA represented Read More
5 Resources Essential for ACA Compliance in 2021

5 Resources Essential for ACA Compliance in 2021

February 9, 2021 The 2021 tax year is already halfway over. With the Biden administration ramping up legislation around the ACA and the IRS increasing its enforcement efforts, employers need to be sure Read More
Taxpayers (Including Employers) Have the Right to the Challenge IRS

Taxpayers (Including Employers) Have the Right to the Challenge IRS

February 4, 2021 3 minute read: The IRS has a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which includes a section stating every taxpayer’s “right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard.” These fundamental rights Read More
Wage Fixing Indictment Has Implications for Employers

Wage Fixing Indictment Has Implications for Employers

February 2, 2021 3 minute read: A recent federal wage-fixing indictment against the former owner of a health care staffing company indicates that the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is taking a closer Read More
California Individual Mandate Final Regulations Have Been Updated

California Individual Mandate Final Regulations Have Been Updated

January 28, 2021 3 minute read: The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has released detailed information pertaining to the state’s Individual Mandate as the furnishing deadline for self-insured employers draws near. The details Read More
The IRS is Issuing ACA Penalty Letter 5005-A For The 2017 Tax Year

The IRS is Issuing ACA Penalty Letter 5005-A For The 2017 Tax Year

January 26, 2021 3 minute read: The IRS has begun issuing Letter 5005-A, Information Return Penalty Notice (Form 1094-C or 1095-C) (“Letter 5005-A”), for the 2017 tax year, demonstrating their efficiency at identifying Read More
Don’t Forget The New 1095-C Codes Specific to The 2020 Tax Year

Don’t Forget The New 1095-C Codes Specific to The 2020 Tax Year

January 22, 2021 2 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (“ALEs”) must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS and furnish Forms 1095-C to employees considered full-time under the Affordable Care Read More
ACA Improvements to Expect from the Biden Administration

ACA Improvements to Expect from the Biden Administration

January 19, 2021 3 minute read: The inauguration welcoming president-elect Joe Biden to the White House is imminent and with the recent shift in majority control of the Senate, we can expect a Read More
PPP Loans Are Now Available, Both First Draw and Second Draw PPP Loans

PPP Loans Are Now Available, Both First Draw and Second Draw PPP Loans

January 14, 2021 2 minute read: Last Friday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen this week with First Draw PPP loans to be available starting Read More
Democrats Gain Senate, Paving the Way for Biden’s ACA Agenda

Democrats Gain Senate, Paving the Way for Biden’s ACA Agenda

January 12, 2021 3 minute read: The results from last week’s Senate runoff race in Georgia have given Democrats control of the Senate, paving the way for Joe Biden’s presidency and his agenda Read More
The ACA is Central to American Health and Wellbeing

The ACA is Central to American Health and Wellbeing

January 7, 2021 2 minute read: At the dawn of 2021, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is poised to continue to be central to the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans. A Read More
2021 Dates for ACA Reporting

2021 Dates for ACA Reporting

January 5, 2021 3 minute read: The new year is here, and with it a laundry list of items to be sure your organization has a handle on, including ACA reporting with the Read More
New Individual Mandate Regulations: What You Need to Know

New Individual Mandate Regulations: What You Need to Know

December 30, 2020 3 minute read: The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) just published Final Regulations on the Individual Shared Responsibility Penalty. The California Individual Mandate, in effect since January 1, 2020, will Read More
Minimize Penalties with ACA Best Practices for the Holiday Season

Minimize Penalties with ACA Best Practices for the Holiday Season

December 28, 2020 3 minute read: With the New Year around the corner, employers should begin preparing their ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C if they haven’t already begun to do so. Each year, Read More
The Annual ACA PCORI Fees are Increasing in 2021

The Annual ACA PCORI Fees are Increasing in 2021

December 17, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS has released the PCORI fee for plans that end on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021.  For plans that end on Read More
ACA Penalties Among IRS Critical Activities

ACA Penalties Among IRS Critical Activities

December 14, 2020 3 minute read: On December 1, 2020, the IRS announced updates to the services it will be processing as a part of its mission-critical functions. Among the processes are ACA Read More
Good-Faith No Longer Good Enough to Avoid IRS Penalties

Good-Faith No Longer Good Enough to Avoid IRS Penalties

December 7, 2020 2 minute read: IRS Notice 2020-76 provided for a 30-day extension for the furnishing deadline of IRS Forms 1095-C and extended “Good-Faith Relief” from penalties under IRC Sections 6721 and Read More
2021 IRS Deadlines to Avoid ACA Penalties

2021 IRS Deadlines to Avoid ACA Penalties

December 3, 2020 2 minute read: Every year Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must file and furnish their ACA information to the IRS and their employees, respectively. Failing to do so can result in Read More
Biden’s ACA Enhancements Could Create Challenges For Employers

Biden’s ACA Enhancements Could Create Challenges For Employers

November 24, 2020 2 minute read: President-elect Joe Biden’s term will begin in a few short months and as he promised during his campaign, there will be a number of advancements made to Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Penalties Increasing in 2021

ACA Employer Mandate Penalties Increasing in 2021

November 19, 2020 3 minute read: Earlier this year, the IRS issued the 2021 employer mandate penalties under IRC 4980H(a) and 4980H(b). It should come as no surprise that the penalty amounts have Read More
ACA Likely to Remain Following Supreme Court Oral Arguments

ACA Likely to Remain Following Supreme Court Oral Arguments

November 16, 2020 3 minute read: The Affordable Care Act may have avoided the possibility of being removed once and for all, as the Supreme Court hearing last week suggests. The California v. Read More
Prop 22 has Significant Implications on ACA Healthcare Benefits

Prop 22 has Significant Implications on ACA Healthcare Benefits

November 11, 2020 2 minute read: With everyone’s attention focused on the results of the presidential election, folks may not realize that California Prop 22 will pass. As of November 6, the status Read More
IRS Announces COVID-19 Tax Relief Initiative to Help Taxpayers

IRS Announces COVID-19 Tax Relief Initiative to Help Taxpayers

November 9, 2020 2 minute read: On November 2, 2020, the IRS announced several changes to its collection procedures to assist struggling taxpayers impacted by COVID-19. These changes include: Taxpayers who qualify for Read More
Election Day Recap and Potential ACA Changes

Election Day Recap and Potential ACA Changes

November 4, 2020 3 minute read: Heading into Election Day, a record-breaking one million Americans cast their ballots early, creating a myriad of potential challenges for determining a clear victor in the 2020 Read More
Lower ACA Premiums Heading into Open Enrollment for 2021

Lower ACA Premiums Heading into Open Enrollment for 2021

November 2, 2020 3 minute read: The Healthcare.gov open enrollment period for the 2021 tax year will begin on November 1, 2020, and will run through December 15. Surprisingly, premiums are down and Read More
The New 1095-C Codes for 2020 Explained

The New 1095-C Codes for 2020 Explained

October 29, 2020 2 minute read: We recently covered the ins and outs of the ACA’s Form 1095-C. Now, we will be covering the new codes that are anticipated for the 2020 tax Read More
D.C. Upholds Health Carrier Tax, Supporting ACA Health Exchanges

D.C. Upholds Health Carrier Tax, Supporting ACA Health Exchanges

October 27, 2020 3 minute read: An argument regarding the District of Columbia’s ACA health exchange tax was decided late last month. The decision rules in favor of the tax, supporting state-run health Read More
Possible ACA Outcomes If Joe Biden Is Elected in November

Possible ACA Outcomes If Joe Biden Is Elected in November

October 19, 2020 2 minute read: With the 2020 presidential election a few short weeks out, it’s incredibly important that voters understand what Joe Biden versus Donald Trump will do to the ACA Read More