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5500 Filing Season in Full Swing!

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July is a busy time of year for Form 5500 filings. All plans that are subject to ERISA and meet certain participation size requirements are required to file Form 5500 seven months after the end of the plan year. For calendar year plans (and short plan years ending 12/31), the deadline for either filing or requesting a filing extension is July 31st. Please read the full article to determine if you need to file and to learn more about filing requirements.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Form 5500 , Form 5558 , IRS , ERISA
As the July 15th income tax deadline quickly approaches, employees that participate in a cafeteria plan that includes employer sponsored health insurance, Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), or health savings accounts (HSA) should keep a few things in mind.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | 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 , IRS Form 5498-SA , IRS Notice 2020-35
While the recent focus of many organizations has been on impact to benefits based on the COVID-19 pandemic, other significant updates been released. Review this article to be sure you are staying up-to-date with other guidance, including COBRA Notices, HSA limits, and PCOR fee requirements.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , 2021 Limits , Rev. Proc. 2020-32 , PCOR fee , Patient Centered Outcome Research Fee , July 31 , IRS Form 720 , COBRA Model Notices

IRS Releases Cafeteria Plan Relief

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On Tuesday, May 12th, the IRS released a pair of notices that affect cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). These notices give employers the opportunity to add extended grace periods to FSAs, increase the maximum rollover amount on Health Care FSAs, and/or allow their participants to make mid-year cafeteria plan election changes if their needs change during the pandemic.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS Notice 2020-29 , IRS Notice 2020-33 , Permitted Election Changes , Cafeteria Plans , Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Grace Period , Rollover , Amendments

IRS and DOL Provide Deadline Relief

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On April 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint rule titled "Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak". The rule provides automatic relief from a number of deadlines related to COBRA continuation coverage, HIPAA special enrollment periods, and claims and appeal filing deadlines for group health plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Extension , COBRA , Claims , COVID-19 , IRS , DOL , Outbreak Period , Disaster Relief

Tips for Employees Who Lose Health Coverage

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Many employers are facing business shutdowns, closures, or reduced operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, employers may need to reduce staff hours, or lay off or furlough employees, which may have an impact on benefit eligibility. Many of the decisions individuals will make are time sensitive and employers and brokers may want to help employees understand their options when faced with loss of health plan coverage.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: COBRA , Marketplace , Subsidy
The deadline for certain Form 5500 filings has been extended related the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: Form 5500 , Notice 2020-18 , Form 5558

What Benefit Changes Can I Make Due to COVID-19?

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Many employers are having to make difficult decisions regarding staffing during the national pandemic due to COVID-19. Employers are faced with staff leave of absence situations including layoffs, furloughs, and reduction in hours. This leads to questions regarding what changes employees are able to make to their benefits as a result.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Permitted Election Changes , Section 125 , Health Care FSA , Dependent Care FSA , Transportation Plans
The U.S. government continues to develop and enact legislation to aid employers and individuals in light of COVID-19. Today, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes, among numerous provisions designed to stimulate and protect the American economy, a provision to allow individuals to use their Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), and Health Savings Account (HSA) funds tax free to purchase over-the-c...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CARES Act , Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act , Coronavirus , COVID-19 , Over-the-counter medications , OTC , Menstrual care products , telemedicine , HSA eligibility
In light of COVID-19, many schools and businesses are being forced to make changes including closings, layoffs, and remote workforces. Just last night, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes provisions to help employees and their employers, by among other things, providing emergency paid sick leave and expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) temporarily to allow for paid family leave for working families affected by school closures. A...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Families First Coronavirus Response Act , FFCRA , Coronovirus , COVID-19 , FMLA , Paid Sick Leave , Family Medical Leave Act

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