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IRS Announces 2020 Pension Plan Limitations

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Today, the IRS issued Notice 2019-59, announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the tax year 2020. Review our summary for some of the more notable changes.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension Plans , 2020 Limits , IRS Notice 2019-59 , Highly Compensated Employee , Key Employee , Nondiscrimination Testing , IRA , 401k , 457 , 403(b) , Roth IRA

Advantages of Offering an FSA with Your HSA

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Some employers consider discontinuing the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) once they begin offering a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan. Doing this actually limits access to pre-tax benefits for both the employer as well as plan participants. Rather than discontinuing an HCFSA, consider offering an HSA compatible HCFSA for dental and vision expenses. This provides a richer benefits package and maximizes the tax savings for both employer and employ...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , limited health care FSA , FSA , limited purpose , tax savings , stacking
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. Make sure you are providing all required notices this open enrollment.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Notice , Compliance , Benefits , SPD , SMM , SBC , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , WHCRA , Wellness , ADA , Grandfathered Plan , Michelle's Law
On June 13, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule allowing employers of all sizes to offer two new kinds of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) beginning in January 2020. The two new HRAs include: individual coverage HRAs (ICHRA) and excepted benefit HRAs (EBHRA) Further, proposed regulations were released last week specific to how the Employer Shared Responsibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and nondiscrimination tes...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: ICHRA , Proposed Regulations , Employer Shared Responsibility , Pay or Play , Nondiscrimination Testing , HRA
The 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 cafeteria plan. Employee Benefits Corporation provides nondiscrimination testing for our BESTflex and BESTflex Premium Only Plan clients as part of our standar...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan , Nondiscrimination Testing , NDT , HCFSA , DCFSA , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , IRS , Annual Compensation , Gross Compensation , W-2
Annually, the maximum salary reduction for the Health Care FSA is increased based on inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for the 12-month period ending August 31st. The August 2019 CPI was released this week and Thomson Reuters has reported on projected inflation adjustments for 2020 health, charitable, compliance and other specialty items.
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Annually, the limits for various benefits, including qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRA) and transportation benefits are increased based on inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for the 12-month period ending August 31st. The August 2019 CPI was released this week and Thomson Reuters has reported on projected inflation adjustments for 2020 health, charitable, compliance and other specialty items.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Transportation Benefits , Transit , Parking , QSEHRA , CPI-U , Plan Limits , Inflation

Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching

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Annually, employers who offer prescription drug coverage are responsible for providing notice to their Medicare-eligible plan participants (employees, former employees, and covered dependents) regarding the creditability status of their prescription drug coverage. This notice is required prior to the start of the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period, no later than October 14, 2019.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , Certificate of Creditable Coverage , Non-Creditable Coverage , Notice Requirement
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

Ensure Your HRA is HSA Compatible in 2020

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The new year is fast approaching! Employers who currently offer a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) paired with a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and a Health Savings Account (HSA), or are considering doing so for the upcoming plan year, should pay special attention to the fact that the minimum HDHP deductible limits have changed! In order to maintain HSA compatibility, your HRA may need to be amended for 2020.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health Reimbursement Arrangement , HRA , Health Savings Account , HSA , Stacking Benefits , 2020 Limits , HSA Compatible

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