Special Enrollment Period Doubles Enrollees, Final Month Approaches

Special Enrollment Period Doubles Enrollees, Final Month Approaches

July 26, 2021 In June, the ACA’s special enrollment period garnered 1 million sign-ups through the federal health exchange, HealthCare.gov. A month later and the number of enrollees has doubled. On July 14, Read More
The ACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance

The ACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance

June 10, 2021 3 min read The Supreme Court case in which the Justices consider whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without the Individual Mandate will see a judicial decision any day Read More
IRS 4980H ACA Penalties Are Forever

IRS 4980H ACA Penalties Are Forever

June 8, 2021 3 min read The IRS announced that there is no statute of limitations for ACA penalties. What does that mean exactly? Simply put, it means that the ACA non-compliance penalties Read More
ACA State Reporting Deadline for California is May 31

ACA State Reporting Deadline for California is May 31

May 25, 2021 3 min read May 31 is the deadline for self-insured employers and health insurance carriers to submit applicable ACA information to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for the 2020 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
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
The Most Commonly Asked ACA Reporting Questions, Answered

The Most Commonly Asked ACA Reporting Questions, Answered

December 9, 2020 3 minute read: With less than three weeks left to file for 2020, if not already completed, employers should be preparing their ACA filings with the IRS.  With ACA reporting 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 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
Workforce Management, ACA Compliance and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Workforce Management, ACA Compliance and the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020 13 minute read: Compliance with the various employer provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be complicated under normal employment conditions. As employers face the incredibly difficult business climate Read More
Covid-19 Pandemic May Affect ALE Status

Covid-19 Pandemic May Affect ALE Status

March 30, 2020 5 minute read: As businesses across the country are shutting their doors to comply with various state or local Stay at Home orders to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Read More
No Statute of Limitations on Assessment of Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

No Statute of Limitations on Assessment of Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

February 27, 2020 2 minute read: The IRS Office of the Chief Counsel issued new field advice on February 24, 2020 (“Field Notice”) making it clear that there is no statute of limitations Read More
ACA Full-Time: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

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

January 15, 2020 What constitutes a full-time employee under the Affordable Care Act? The answer is not as simple as it seems. And getting your full-time employee count right matters because it determines Read More
ACA Filing Takeaways for The New Year

ACA Filing Takeaways for The New Year

December 5, 2019 2 minute read: As the 2019 tax year winds down, we wanted to let you know that we have curated a list of our most common and relevant ACA filing 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
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
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
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
IRS Letter 226J for 2016 “In the Mail”

IRS Letter 226J for 2016 “In the Mail”

October 17, 2018 3 minute read: It’s confirmed. The IRS will begin issuing Letter 226J for the 2016 tax year in the next few weeks. IRS staff has indicated that the penalty notices Read More
What to Measure, Track and Record Under the ACA [UPDATE]

What to Measure, Track and Record Under the ACA [UPDATE]

October 15, 2018 7 minute read: It’s always interesting to look back and see how regulation develops. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no exception. I wrote a five-part series about the ACA Read More
Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions Answered

Your ACA Employer Mandate Questions Answered

October 3, 2018 2 minute read: As subject matter experts with ACA compliance, reporting, and related topics, we often times are asked questions about the law by our readers, which include insurance brokers, Read More
IRS Letter 226J Penalty Notices for 2016 May Contain Higher Penalties

IRS Letter 226J Penalty Notices for 2016 May Contain Higher Penalties

October 1, 2018 5 minute read:  Starting this fall, employers should expect Letter 226J penalty notices to be issued to organizations determined by the IRS to have failed to comply with the Affordable 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
1094-C/1095-C Audit Can Prevent IRS ACA Penalties

1094-C/1095-C Audit Can Prevent IRS ACA Penalties

April 4, 2018 3 minute read: If your organization has met the deadline to file and furnish schedules 1094-C and 1095-C to the IRS for Affordable Care Act reporting for the 2017 tax Read More