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
Keep An Eye Out for IRS Letter 5699

Keep An Eye Out for IRS Letter 5699

June 12, 2019 3 minute read: It’s summer, but we can expect a blizzard of ACA penalty notices being sent by the IRS this month as the tax agency steps up its ACA 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
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 k2 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
More Suggestions on Responding to IRS Letter 226J [UPDATE]

More Suggestions on Responding to IRS Letter 226J [UPDATE]

April 30, 2019 3 minute read: The IRS has issued more than $4.5 billion in penalties to employers that failed to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate for the 2015 tax 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 healthcare, staffing, restaurant and construction industries are under fire from the IRS for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Companies within these industries 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
Is Maryland the Next State to Approve an Individual Mandate?

Is Maryland the Next State to Approve an Individual Mandate?

March 13, 2019 3 minute read: Maryland is getting closer to a state-wide version of an individual mandate that will encourage state residents to purchase health insurance. A bill in the Maryland legislature, 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
Trump Tries to Change the ACA but Not the Employer Mandate

Trump Tries to Change the ACA but Not the Employer Mandate

February 27, 2019 2 minute read:  President Trump has made some administrative changes to the Affordable Care Act. None of these changes, however, affect the law’s Employer Mandate. These changes include State Relief Read More
The IRS’s 1095 Forms for ACA Explained

The IRS’s 1095 Forms for ACA Explained

February 25, 2019 3 minute read: A number of changes were introduced to the health insurance marketplace with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. From different reporting forms and instructions Read More
Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

February 20, 2019 3 minute read: Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. This is especially Read More
Mark These 2019 Dates for 2018 ACA Reporting [UPDATE]

Mark These 2019 Dates for 2018 ACA Reporting [UPDATE]

February 18, 2019 5 minute read: Every year, the IRS requires employers to submit important ACA information to the agency and their employees. Here are some important dates to keep in mind for Read More
Contact IRS Staff About Your Letter 226J

Contact IRS Staff About Your Letter 226J

February 13, 2019 2 minute read:  IRS staff continue to work to get current on a backlog of activities that resulted from the recent federal government shutdown. As mentioned in a previous blog Read More
IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties [UPDATE]

IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods May Help Avoid ACA Penalties [UPDATE]

February 11, 2019 4 minute read: The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time consuming. An Read More
With IRS Staff Back, Expect A Flurry of ACA Penalty Notices

With IRS Staff Back, Expect A Flurry of ACA Penalty Notices

February 4, 2019 3 minute read: The government shutdown is over, at least for now, and IRS staff is back to work. Get ready for a flurry of Affordable Care Act penalty notices Read More
Distribute 1095-Cs By IRS Deadlines to Avoid Penalties

Distribute 1095-Cs By IRS Deadlines to Avoid Penalties

January 30, 2019 2 minute read: Every year, the IRS requires employers to furnish the 1095-C schedules to their full-time workforce, in addition to filing them with the tax agency. Failing to do Read More
Electronically Submit your ACA Filings to Avoid IRS Penalties

Electronically Submit your ACA Filings to Avoid IRS Penalties

January 28, 2019 3 minute read: If you are not yet filing Affordable Care Act information with the IRS, you may want to reconsider. There are some considerable benefits to doing so, including 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
California Carries the Torch for State-Based Individual Mandates

California Carries the Torch for State-Based Individual Mandates

January 16, 2019 2 minute read: California Governor Gavin Newsom has not wasted time wading into the healthcare debate. The governor has proposed an individual mandate requiring all California residents to obtain health Read More
ACA Compliance Should Continue Despite Government Shutdown

ACA Compliance Should Continue Despite Government Shutdown

January 9, 2019 2 minute read: As we enter the third week of government shutdown, we’re on track to surpass the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The shutdown affects many government agencies, including Read More
Will 2019 be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?

Will 2019 be the Year for Statewide Individual Health Insurance Mandates?

January 7, 2019 3 minute read:  Since the Trump Administration took office, the ACA has been under fire from the White House and many Congressional Republicans. Legislative repeal of the ACA failed. However, Read More
Free Resources to Help with Affordable Care Act Compliance in 2019

Free Resources to Help with Affordable Care Act Compliance in 2019

January 2, 2019 1 minute read: We hope you had a wonderful holiday break, with much fun with family and friends. Now, back to reality. As many of you begin go to focus Read More
ACA Filing Takeaways for the Holiday Season

ACA Filing Takeaways for the Holiday Season

December 19, 2018 2 minute read: As the end of the year comes to a close, we have curated a list of our most common and relevant ACA filing questions and answers so Read More
Latest Court Ruling Will Not Stop ACA Enforcement

Latest Court Ruling Will Not Stop ACA Enforcement

December 17, 2018 3 minute read:  Here we go again. Another attack on the Affordable Care Act that will cause employers to think that the law and its Employer Mandate to provide health Read More
‘Tis The Season to Check the Health of Your Data for ACA Reporting

‘Tis The Season to Check the Health of Your Data for ACA Reporting

December 12, 2018 5 minute read: The end of 2018 is around the corner and that means that if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get your Affordable Care Act (ACA) Read More
Provide ACA Information by IRS Deadlines to Avoid Penalties

Provide ACA Information by IRS Deadlines to Avoid Penalties

December 10, 2018 4 minute read:  The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which highlights the penalty rates associated with failing to provide ACA information by IRS deadlines for the 2019 tax year, Read More
IRS EXTENDS ACA FURNISHING DEADLINE FOR 1095-C FORMS AND GOOD-FAITH TRANSITION RELIEF FOR 2018 TAX YEAR

IRS EXTENDS ACA FURNISHING DEADLINE FOR 1095-C FORMS AND GOOD-FAITH TRANSITION RELIEF FOR 2018 TAX YEAR

December 3, 2018 3 minute read: In what has become an annual rite, the IRS has extended the deadline for distributing Form 1095-C for the 2018 tax year to full-time employees as required Read More
ACA Reporting Requirements [UPDATE]

ACA Reporting Requirements [UPDATE]

November 26, 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
More Insurers Will Participate in the ACA Marketplace in 2019

More Insurers Will Participate in the ACA Marketplace in 2019

November 21, 2018 3 minute read: It was predicted that the health insurance marketplace would be turned upside down with the individual mandate penalty effectively reduced to $0 beginning January 1,2019. However, that Read More
IRS Releases New ACA PCORI Fees

IRS Releases New ACA PCORI Fees

November 19, 2018 2 minute read: The IRS has released new PCORI rate for health insurance plans that end on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019. PCORI fees are Read More
ACA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Burden HR Staff

ACA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Burden HR Staff

November 14, 2018 5 minute read: Human Resources staff have a difficult job. They help keep their organizations running smoothly by ensuring, to the greatest degree possible, that the employer is in compliance Read More
What Employers Need to Know About the ACA (UPDATE)

What Employers Need to Know About the ACA (UPDATE)

November 12, 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