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IRS Announces 2019 Pension Plan Limits

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Today, the IRS released Notice 2018-83, announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement related items for the tax year 2019. Some of the more notable changes include...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension Plans , 2019 Limits , IRS Notice 2018-83 , Highly compensated employee , Key Employee , Nondiscrimination Testing , IRA , 401k , 457 , 403(b) , Roth IRA

Proposed Rule Will Expand HRA Options In 2020

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The proposed HRA rules released last week, would generally retain the current types of permitted HRAs (integrated HRAs, HRAs restricted to excepted benefits like dental and vision expenses, and retiree-only HRAs); Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRA) and also will eventually allow two new types of HRAs effective January 1, 2020.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: HRA , QSEHRA , Premium Reimbursement Account , PRHRA , Excepted Benefit HRA , IRS , DOL , ECFC
The IRS has released a new version of Form 5558 used to apply for an extension on Form 5500, Form 5500-SF, Form 5500-EZ, and Form 8955-SSA.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Form 5500 , Form 5558 , Extension
The IRS has released the final Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C for calendar year 2018 reporting with minimal changes. Employers are required to report in early 2019 for the calendar year 2018.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Employer reporting , 1094 , 1095 , Section 6055 , Section 6056 , Employer Mandate , IRS , ALE , ACA
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 , North Carolina , South Carolina
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
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
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