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 […]

Year-End Planning: Prepare Forms W-2

As we near the end of 2020, it is time for employers to begin preparing Forms W-2 to send in January. All forms W-2, and W-3 for the 2020 tax year must be filed by January 31, 2021. Consequently, now is the time to begin gathering necessary information for W-2 reporting for various items such […]

What’s next for Emergency Sick Leave now that school is out for summer?

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that, in part, provides emergency sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for employees who need to care for children whose schools had been closed as a result of the virus. Now that the school year is ending […]

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 […]

Reduce insurance costs by encouraging employee wellness

Protecting your company through the purchase of various forms of insurance is a risk-management necessity. But just because you must buy coverage doesn’t mean you can’t manage the cost of doing so. Obviously, the safer your workplace, the less likely you’ll incur costly claims and high workers’ compensation premiums. There are, however, bigger-picture issues that […]

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While the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate is repealed beginning in 2019, the Employer Mandate still is the law, and the IRS recently updated those penalties for 2018.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 […]