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
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
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
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
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
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
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 important Read More
Distribute Forms 1095-C by IRS Deadlines to Avoid ACA Penalties

Distribute Forms 1095-C by IRS Deadlines to Avoid ACA Penalties

February 3, 2020 3 minute read: *updated February 11, 2021  Every year, the IRS requires employers to furnish Forms 1095-C to their full-time workforce, in addition to filing them with the tax agency. Read More
The Triangle of Trust Is Critical for ACA Compliance [UPDATE]

The Triangle of Trust Is Critical for ACA Compliance [UPDATE]

October 28, 2019 3 minute read: Creating the optimal alignment of data, regulatory expertise and software is critical in achieving ACA compliance. We call this principle the Triangle of TrustSM. This principle has 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
IRS ISSUES ACA 2018 FORMS 1094-C AND 1095-C, INSTRUCTIONS, AND 226J FOR 2016

IRS ISSUES ACA 2018 FORMS 1094-C AND 1095-C, INSTRUCTIONS, AND 226J FOR 2016

October 29, 2018 1 minute read: The IRS has released the final 1094/1095-C schedules and reporting instructions for the 2018 tax year, to be filed and furnished in 2019. You can find the Read More
How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2016 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Respond to IRS Letter 226J for the 2016 Tax Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 22, 2018 1 minute read:  IRS staff has confirmed that the agency will begin issuing Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2016 tax year in the next few weeks. If you receive Read More
Why You Should Be Concerned that ACA Exchange Notices are Being Issued

Why You Should Be Concerned that ACA Exchange Notices are Being Issued

October 8, 2018 2 minute read:  The fourth quarter of the 2018 tax year is here, bringing with it record temperatures in many parts of the country. The ACA enforcement process is also 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
An ACA Penalty Risk Assessment May Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

An ACA Penalty Risk Assessment May Help Employers Avoid IRS Penalties

September 24, 2018 3 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex and complying with the law’s Employer Mandate can be challenging for organizations. Under the ACA’s Employer Mandate, Applicable Large Employers Read More
IRS Letter 226J Notices for 2015 Tax Year May Be Issued Through 2019

IRS Letter 226J Notices for 2015 Tax Year May Be Issued Through 2019

September 19, 2018 3 minute read:  Employers who have not yet received a 2015 ESRP penalty notice should not breathe a sigh of relief yet. The IRS identified 49,259 employers at risk for Read More
Exchange Notices Can Lead to IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalties

Exchange Notices Can Lead to IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalties

September 5, 2018 3 minute read: It’s no secret the IRS has been actively enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate. To date, the IRS has identified a total of 49,259 employers that Read More
Update to IRS 226J Infographic Now Includes IRS Letter 227 [UPDATED]

Update to IRS 226J Infographic Now Includes IRS Letter 227 [UPDATED]

August 15, 2018 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. The ACA Penalty Process now being initiated by the IRS is no exception. With 30 days to respond upon receipt Read More
IRS to Continue Issuing ACA Penalties

IRS to Continue Issuing ACA Penalties

August 6, 2018 Originally published on July 26, 2018, in Accounting Today. 3 minute read: The Internal Revenue Service now has the data to begin the analysis to calculate the potential penalties for Read More
Association Health Plans Don’t Help Larger Employers with ACA Compliance

Association Health Plans Don’t Help Larger Employers with ACA Compliance

July 16, 2018 3 minute read: The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate has been in effect for the past three years and IRS enforcement of the healthcare law has begun. At the same Read More
Despite Presidential Rhetoric, ACA Employer Mandate Still Here

Despite Presidential Rhetoric, ACA Employer Mandate Still Here

July 5, 2018 2 minute read: The Trump Administration has been vocal about what it believes are its successful efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At a recent campaign Read More
Medicaid Expansion Supports ACA Popularity

Medicaid Expansion Supports ACA Popularity

June 27, 2018 2 minute read: It’s not a mystery that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex. Since its passage in 2010, the landscape of the healthcare industry and marketplace has changed Read More
These Errors Greatly Determine Your Penalty Assessment in IRS Letter 226J

These Errors Greatly Determine Your Penalty Assessment in IRS Letter 226J

June 25, 2018 3 minute read: The issuance of Letter 226J for IRS information filings submitted for the 2015 tax year has caught many organizations off guard. More than 30,000 notices have been Read More
Latest TIGTA Report: ACA Penalties to Continue

Latest TIGTA Report: ACA Penalties to Continue

June 20, 2018 4 minute read: The report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration always has some interesting information. The recently issued report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from March Read More
Proposed Farm Bill Another Attempt to Undermine ACA

Proposed Farm Bill Another Attempt to Undermine ACA

June 18, 2018 3 minute read: It’s well known that the Trump administration is doing all it can to undermine the Affordable Care Act. The recent decision by the federal Justice Department to Read More
Feds Confirm Their Own ACA Emergency Care Cost Guidelines

Feds Confirm Their Own ACA Emergency Care Cost Guidelines

June 13, 2018 4 minute read: It comes as no surprise that many organizations have had difficulty keeping up with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether complying with the regulations under the employer Read More
ACA Backlash: Two States Create Their Own Individual Mandates

ACA Backlash: Two States Create Their Own Individual Mandates

June 4, 2018 3 minute read: The Trump Administration effectively repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate when it made the penalties for an individual not obtaining healthcare $0 beginning 2019. What seemed Read More
Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

Proposed California Bill Puts the State in Charge of Healthcare Costs

May 21, 2018 2 minute read: As the current White House and Congressional Republicans continue to snipe at the Affordable Care Act, some states are taking action to shore up the federal healthcare Read More
IRS Confirms Continued Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

IRS Confirms Continued Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate [UPDATE]

May 14, 2018 3 minute read: The evidence continues to mount that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act is not going away soon, if ever. And the process of the IRS Read More
TIN Validation Errors with the IRS Can Affect ACA Compliance

TIN Validation Errors with the IRS Can Affect ACA Compliance

May 9, 2018 2 minute read: A recent blog post from Robert Sheen discussed the IRS’s continuing efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. On an annual basis, )applicable large employers Read More
ACA and Healthcare Grow in Popularity as Midterms Draw Near

ACA and Healthcare Grow in Popularity as Midterms Draw Near

April 30, 2018 2 minute read: Studies show that voters have prioritized healthcare as a top issue to be addressed in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections in November. For the first time in Read More
Keep Tabs on Seasonal Workers and Employees to Avoid ACA IRS Penalties

Keep Tabs on Seasonal Workers and Employees to Avoid ACA IRS Penalties

April 25, 2018 3 minute read: Fast forward to summer 2020. You’re taking a nice stroll along the beach, not a care in the world. You feel your phone vibrate and notice you’re Read More
ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

ACA Employer Mandate Poses IRS and U.S. GAAP Complications

April 23, 2018 4 minute read: Originally published on April 18,2018, in Accounting Today. In most organizations, the task of ensuring compliance with the Affordable Care Act lies with the Human Resources team. Read More
New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

New CMS Rule Keeps ACA Employer Mandate Intact

April 18, 2018 3 minute read: The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued a final rule to expand short-term insurance options for Americans as part of the federal government’s continuing campaign Read More
Five Common Mistakes Restaurants Make with ACA Compliance

Five Common Mistakes Restaurants Make with ACA Compliance

April 11, 2018 3 minute read: Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the reporting requirements set forth by the IRS have proven to be complicated and time consuming. Minimizing Read More