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HSAs are growing in popularity. So exactly who is eligible to establish an HSA account and make an HSA contribution or have a contribution made on his/her behalf (e.g., by an employer)?
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , FSA , Health FSA , Disqualifying Coverage , Permitted Coverage , Health Savings Account

HSAs in the Workplace

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As HSAs become more common in the workplace, it is useful to review research about HSAs to better understand their benefits, limitations and trends. Last week, the Employee Benefit Research Institute released two reports pertaining to HSA usage between 2011 and 2016.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform | Tags: Health savings account , HSA , high-deductible health plan , HDHP , EBRI , Employee Benefit Research Institute
On June 9, 2017, new Department of Labor regulations (“Fiduciary Rules”) took effect which expand the categories of persons who may now be considered plan “fiduciaries” under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. The new Fiduciary Rules broaden the definition of plan “fiduciary” to include persons who provide investment advice to account holders of Individual Retirement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts (“HSAs”). As such, the new Fiduciary Rules have important implications for HSA ser...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , fiduciary rules , fiduciary , service provider , employer , TPA , third-party administrator , third party administrator , invest , advice , recommendation

Form 5500 Deadlines and Extensions

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Employers that are subject to ERISA that sponsor health and welfare plans subject to ERISA (i.e. health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), and Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) portion of a cafeteria plan, etc.) may have a Form 5500 obligation.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Form 5500 , IRS , Form 5558 , DOL , DFVC
The Society for Human Resource Management recently released its 2017 Employee Benefits report.
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Categories: Benefits in General | Tags: SHRM , Society for Human Resource Management , benefits , employee benefits , report
The IRS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently issued an advice memorandum addressing certain employee benefit arrangements that purport to provide employees with tax-free compensation through combination self-funded health plans and wellness plans. Promoters generally entice employers by claiming that payments made to employees under such arrangements are also not subject to employment taxes, such as FICA and FUTA. In the memorandum, the OCC provides two examples of such arrangements and ex...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: Self-funded health plan , wellness plan , IRS , Internal Revenue Service , benefits , tax , wellness
The IRS has released 2018 key indexing adjustments used under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This revenue procedure is effective for taxable years and plan years beginning after December 31, 2017.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: ACA , Affordability , IRS , Tax Credits
The IRS recently released an information letter addressing the question of whether an employee who establishes and funds an HSA while enrolled in Medicare must pay a fine to the IRS.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , health savings account , IRS , information letter , Internal Revenue Service , Medicare

EBRI Releases Survey on Workplace Benefits

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The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)/Greenwald & Associates Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey released this month “examines a broad spectrum of health care issues, including workers’ satisfaction with health care today, their confidence in the health care system and the Medicare program, and their attitudes toward benefits in the workplace”.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , health insurance , ACA , health care reform , benefits , employment-related benefits
As the April 18th 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) and 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 , 1099-SA , Form 2441 , Form 8889 , Income Tax , IRS , April 15th , W-2 , Employer-sponsored Health , Health Insurance , ACA
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