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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
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Account , HDHP , IRS , Open Enrollment , Grace Period , Rollover , HSA Compatible
The IRS recently issued draft versions of Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B and 1095-C information returns for the 2017 tax year. The Affordable Care Act requires coverage providers to use Forms 1094-B and 1095-B to report health plan enrollment and requires applicable large employers to use Forms 1094-C and 1095-C to report about employer shared responsibility. The Forms also provide relevant information about individual shared responsibility and premium tax credits.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Affordable Care Act , ACA , 1094-B , 1095-B , 1094-C , 1095-C , information letter , IRS , Internal Revenue Service , draft , ALE , applicable large employer , Office of Chief Counsel , employer shared responsibility , individual mandate

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 IRS recently released an information letter clarifying the definition of a high deductible health plan (HDHP) for purposes of HSA eligibility. In the letter, the IRS explained that to qualify as an HDHP, a medical insurance plan (i) must satisfy certain minimum annual deductible and maximum out-of-pocket expense requirements and (ii) cannot provide any benefits below the minimum annual deductible, other than preventive care benefits.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HDHP , IRS , health savings account , high deductible health plan , Internal Revenue Service , information letter
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