Changes to premium tax credit could increase penalty risk for some businesses

The premium tax credit (PTC) is a refundable credit that helps individuals and families pay for insurance obtained from a Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly known as an “Exchange”). A provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the credit. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law in March 2021, made several significant enhancements […]

IRS Tax Tip: Gather records early for a smoother tax season

As taxpayers are getting ready to file their taxes, one of the first things they’ll do is gather their records. To avoid refund delays, taxpayers should gather all year-end income documents before filing a 2019 tax return. It’s important for folks to have all the needed documents on hand before starting to prepare their return. […]

IRS extends due dates for ACA reporting

The IRS has announced an extension to the reporting deadlines mandated by the Affordable Care Act for Tax Year 2019. The IRS has extended the 2020 deadline from January 31 to March 2 for employers and insurers to furnish individual statements on 2019 health coverage and full-time employee status. The additional time was given in […]

Note changes to ACA thresholds and signs of more audits

It’s almost time for the annual open enrollment period, so it’s important to note that the IRS recently announced the affordability percentage for 2020 under the Affordable Care Act will decrease to 9.78 percent. This is a slight decrease from the 2019 threshold of 9.86 percent. Employers should make sure that your insurance broker is […]

ACA Employer mandate penalties increased for 2018

While the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate is repealed beginning in 2019, the Employer Mandate still is the law, and the IRS recently updated those penalties for 2018. The penalties relate to applicable large employers, or ALEs, that fail to offer affordable coverage to all their full-time employees. The update, along with additional information for […]

Some ACA deadlines extended for employers

Employers will have more time to comply with some Affordable Care Act reporting deadlines. As you know, employers who offer fully insured medical plans must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS by Feb. 28 for paper filers and April 2 for electronic filers. (Employers with 250 or more reports to file are required […]

Employers to face excise tax if not in compliance with ACA

Employers could be receiving notices before the end of the year that they will be fined for not providing minimum essential healthcare coverage to employees under the Affordable Care Act. Applicable large employers may be subject to the excise tax if they do not offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95 percent (70 percent […]

No changes in healthcare yet, even with Trump executive order

President Trump signed an executive order this month that is being described in the media as a step in dismantling the Affordable Care Act. For now, however, healthcare remains business as usual. While the executive order signed Oct. 12 could result in some significant changes – such as greater access to association health plans and […]

Now is the time to prepare to send W-2s

It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is rapidly coming to a close, which means tax season is approaching. One of the important year-end tasks is preparing to send W-2s in January. As was the case for the 2016 tax year, employers again have an earlier deadline to file W-2s with the Social Security Administration. All forms […]

Health care legislation: Comparison of Senate, House health care bills

It’s not quite a tale of two cities, but below is a breakdown of two competing health care bills being considered by Congress. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives and the Republican majority in the Senate have both released healthcare bills designed to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The House bill, […]