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Nondiscrimination tests are a series of tests that are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to determine if plans unjustly favor higher-paid individuals or those who own or are in charge within an organization. Employers are required to perform annual nondiscrimination tests or hire a third party to conduct testing on their plan. Employee Benefits Corporation includes nondiscrimination testing for our BESTflex, BESTflex Self-Administration and BESTflex Premium Only Plan cafeteria plan...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS , Nondiscrimination Testing , NDT , Key Employees , Highly Compensated Employees , Non-Highly Compensated Employees , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Premium , Cafeteria Plan
As the April 15th income tax deadline quickly approaches, employees that participate in a cafeteria plan that includes employer sponsored health insurance, health care flexible spending accounts (HCFSA), dependent care flexible spending accounts (DCFSA), or health savings accounts (HSA) should keep a few things in mind.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HCFSA , HSA , DCFSA , Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Savings Accounts , Health Flexible Spending Accounts , IRS Form 2441 , IRS Form 8889 , W-2 , IRS , Income Tax Deadline , April 15th , 2018 tax deadline , IRS Form 1099-SA

Dependent Care FSA Considerations at Open Enrollment

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Why should you consider the Dependent Care FSA at Open Enrollment this year. We will review some key concepts and outline the advantages that the Dependent Care FSA can provide.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Dependent Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Dependent Care Tax Credit , DCTC , Form 2441
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
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
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
For purposes of the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), medical expenses are incurred when the employee (or the employee’s spouse or dependents) is provided with the medical care that gives rise to the medical expenses, and not when the employee is billed, charged for, or pays for the medical care. The only exception to this rule is orthodontia expenses that are reimbursed based upon contract payments for ongoing service. This means we have to pay special attention to dates when expens...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Health FSA , Medical Expense , IRS Code Section 1.125-6 , Substantiation , Incurred Date , FSA , Flexible Spending Account

Consumer Driven Health Care Activity on the Hill

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The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bills mid-July that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. Collectively all the bills would cost an estimated $92 billion over the next ten years.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA , Flexible Spending Account , OTC , Internal Revenue Code , Medicare and HSA eligibility , Premium Tax Credit , Medical Device Tax , Cadillac Tax , IRS , ACA , HDHP
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Special Enrollment Rights provide the ability to add an individual to a group health plan without regard to prior health history when certain events occur (i.e. loss of coverage, marriage, birth, adoption, placement for adoption).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HIPAA , HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights , HCFSA , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Change of Election

IRS Publication 15-B on Fringe Benefits Released

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March 6, 2018, the IRS released Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits for use in 2018. As a result of changes related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed late in 2017, the Publication on page 20 outlines the tax treatment of qualified transportation fringe benefits to employees, including those provided through the use of salary reduction program.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Publication 15-B , Transportation plans , parking , transit , bicycling benefit , Tax Cuts and Jobs Act , QSEHRA , health flexible spending account , business mileage , tax reform
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