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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
The ACA Remains Popular

The ACA Remains Popular

February 6, 2019 2 minute read: The Affordable Care Act has seemed to turn the corner. On a number of fronts, it appears that the ACA is now being accepted as a beneficial 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
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
‘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
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
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
Employers Receiving IRS Letter 226J for 2016

Employers Receiving IRS Letter 226J for 2016

November 7, 2018 2 minute read: The IRS has started issuing Letter 226J penalty notices for the 2016 tax year to employers identified as having failed to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate. Read More
ACA Support May Dictate Midterm Election Results

ACA Support May Dictate Midterm Election Results

November 5, 2018 2 minute read:  Americans across the country will report to their respective poll places to cast their ballots in the midterm elections on November 6, and the issue of healthcare 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
ACA Popularity Remains Strong as Midterms Approach

ACA Popularity Remains Strong as Midterms Approach

October 10, 2018 2 minute read:  The midterm elections are less than a month away on November 6. With an estimated 20 million Americans at risk of losing health coverage if the ACA 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
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
Expect the IRS to Start Issuing ACA Penalties for 2016 Tax Year in November

Expect the IRS to Start Issuing ACA Penalties for 2016 Tax Year in November

September 26, 2018 3 minute read:  As November approaches, two things seem certain. There will be national midterm elections and the IRS will begin issuing Letter 226J penalty notices to employers identified as 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
IRS Penalties Increase in 2018 for ACA Non-Compliance

IRS Penalties Increase in 2018 for ACA Non-Compliance

September 17, 2018 2 minute read:  The IRS has increased the penalties for employers that do not comply with the ACA for the 2018 tax year. Here’s a rundown of the changes: 4980H Read More
Take Note of these IRS Dates for Filing ACA Information for the 2018 Tax Year [UPDATE]

Take Note of these IRS Dates for Filing ACA Information for the 2018 Tax Year [UPDATE]

September 12, 2018 2 minute read: It’s September. For many of our friends and neighbors, it’s a time to reflect on our summer as we transition into cooler fall weather. For those of Read More
Is Your Organization an ALE? (UPDATE)

Is Your Organization an ALE? (UPDATE)

September 10, 2018 4 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