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Hurricane Florence victims in part of North Carolina and elsewhere have until January 31, 2019, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record in the disaster area. Taxpayers do not need to contact the IRS to get this relief.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Hurricane Florence , Tax Relief , IRS
With open enrollment fast approaching for many employers, it is a good time to review what materials are necessary for open enrollment and what employer notices are required to distribute and when. Some employer notices are provided when participants first become covered under a health and welfare plan and others have an annual distribution requirement.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Employer Notice , SPD , SMM , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , Wellness , Grandfathered Status , WHCRA , Michelle's Law , ADA
Most notably a projected increase to the 2019 Health Care FSA limit of $50 or an annual maximum is $2,700 per plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Health Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Projected Health Care FSA Limit , $2700 per plan year , Affordable Care Act , Tax Reform , C-CPI-U , 2019
The updates for QSEHRA and Transportation benefits for 2019 are as follows:
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: QSEHRA , Transit , Parking , 2019 Limits , Qualified Small Employer HRA , Transportation Plans
For purposes of the cafeteria plan nondiscrimination testing, the employer will use gross annual compensation which includes all taxable wages the employee receives from the employer, adds back any pre‐tax benefits the employee elects, as well as adds any taxable benefits the employee receives.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan , Nondiscrimination Testing , HCFSA , DCFSA , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , IRS , Annual compensation , Gross Compensation , W-2
The IRS requires that any organization that offers a cafeteria plan (or in other words, a pre-tax benefit plan) must perform various tests on the plan annually at the end of each plan year to determine if the plan is nondiscriminatory. In other words the plan cannot favor highly compensated employees.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Nondiscrimination Testing , Key Employees , Highly Compensated Employees , Non-Highly Compensated Employees , FSA , Premium , Cafeteria Plan
The IRS has updated Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act on their website to address the effect of association health plans (AHPs) on applicable large employer (ALE) status if the employer offers health coverage through an AHP.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: AHP , ALE , Association Health Plans , IRS , Q&A , Applicable Large Employer , employer mandate , employer shared responsibility

Will My HRA Be HSA Compatible in 2019?

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As you approach 2019 and may be considering implementing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA), now is a good time to begin reviewing your existing Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to ensure it remains HSA compatible. If you currently have an HRA and an HSA arrangement or you are looking to implement a HSA compatible HRA you will also need to review the plan design details to ensure HSA compatibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , HSA Compatible , Minimum HDHP Deductible , 2019 limits
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 2019 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , HRA , Health Savings Account , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , HSA Headaches , Disqualifying Coverage , Qualified HDHP , HDHP , Rollover , Grace Period , HSA eligibility
On July 23, H.R.6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 and H.R.6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 were approved 8-4 in a party line vote by the House Rules Committee. During the proceedings, 2 amendments were offered and both failed. Consequently, the two bills moved on to the House floor. On July 25th under a closed-rule process, the H.R.6199 vote passed with bipartisan support in a 27...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HR 6311 , HR 6199 , HSA , FSA , HRA , House , Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 , Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018
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