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As we ring in the New Year, 2020 calendar-year cafeteria plans have also started a new Plan Year. Employers are often faced with requests from participants to change their elections shortly after a new plan year begins. This article reviews the rules including when elections can and cannot be changed.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: FSA , Flexible Spending Accounts , Cafeteria Plan , Permitted Election Change
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
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
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
The IRS has published IRS Rev. Proc. 2018-18 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-10 this week that recalculates the limits on various benefits. One of the provisions in the tax reform bill enacted late last year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill, was a change in the way the IRS was required to calculate cost-of-living increases.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , IR Bulletin 2018-10 , HSA , Indexes for inflation , Adoption Assistance Plans , Archer MSA , Small Employer Tax Credit , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Transportation Plans , Tax Reform , 2018 Limits

GOP Passes Tax Reform

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After months of debate on tax reform, today the House by a by a vote of 224-201, passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) to overhaul the tax code. The bill now heads to the White House where President Trump says that he will sign it into law. We anticipate that the bill will be signed before Christmas.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Tax Reform , GOP , Depedent Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Transportation Plans , Bicycling Benefit , Transit , Parking , Education Assistance , Adoption Assistance , IRS , Individual Mandate , ACA , Cadillac Tax
Last week, Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Health Savings Act of 2017, S.403. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eric Paulsen (R-3rd MN). The legislation would expand the use of HSAs by broadening eligibility rules, increasing maximum contribution limits and widening the universe of expenses that could be reimbursed from HSAs. The legislation also contains provisions pertaining to the interaction between HSAs, FSAs and...
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Care Reform
As calendar-year cafeteria plans have begun the 2017 plan year, employers might be wondering whether it is really too late to allow employees to make changes to or revoke their flexible spending account (FSA) elections, especially if it is prior to the first payroll of the new plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: fsa , flexible spending accounts , cafeteria plan , permitted election change