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The IRS has updated the Q&A on the employer mandate to include new information on the notices that will be sent to employers over the next few weeks regarding any potential penalties for the 2015 reporting year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Letter 226J , ACA , Employer shared responsibility , ALE , Employer penalties , 1094-C , 1095-C

IRS Releases QSEHRA Guidance

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Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2017-67, which provides Q & A guidance on Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRAs). QSEHRAs were established under the 21st Century Cures Act enacted on December 13, 2016.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: QSEHRA , IRS , Qualfied Small Employer HRA
Despite recent Presidential Executive Orders and Congressional attempts to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service has taken action in recent months to remind employers and individuals that reporting about health insurance coverage is still required and is being more closely monitored.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , ACA , reporting , pay-or-play , individual mandate , health insurance

IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations

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Last week, the IRS issued Notice 2017-64 announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the tax year 2018.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension , Highly Compensated , Key Employee , 401(k) , 2018 limits , IRA
Today the IRS announced under Revenue Procedure 2017-58, the 2018 annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Included in the announcement is the inflation adjusted 2018 limits for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) under an IRC §125 cafeteria plan and the Parking and Transit account limits under an IRC §132 Transportation Plan.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health FSA Limit , 2018 , Transit , Parking , Transportation Plan Limits , IRS , Revenue Procedure , RP 2017-58
The Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service recently issued joint interim final rules that significantly expand the types of entities that can claim an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide certain contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Care in General | Tags: contraceptive , moral , religious , exemption , DOL , IRS , Health and Human Services , HHS , DHHS , Affordable Care Act , ACA , contraceptives

IRS Announces New PCOR Fee

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IRS Notice 2017-61 provided the updated dollar amount to be used to calculate the PCORI fee for health plan policy and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018. This includes 2017 calendar year plans, and the updated fee amount is $2.39 per covered life.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: PCOR , 720 , IRS , ACA
The IRS has released the final Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C for calendar year 2017 reporting. The final instructions are available for the C Series forms, and we expect the B series final instructions to be released shortly. Employers are required to report in early 2018 for calendar year 2017.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: ACA , 1094 , 1095 , 6055 , 6056 , Employer reporting , IRS
The IRS recently issued guidance intended to help employers and employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The guidance provides relief to employees and businesses located in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and certain parts of Texas.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Hurricane , tax relief , Irma , Maria , Harvey
August 29, 2017, the IRS announced tax relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Tax Relief , Hurricane Harvey , extension
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