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IRS Releases QSEHRA Notice Extension

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The IRS released Notice 2017-20, extending the notice period for an employer to furnish an initial written notice to its eligible employees regarding a qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA).
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: QSEHRA , Cures Act , IRS , ECFC
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a proposed rule for 2018 which would institute new reforms aimed at stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets.
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: CMS , health insurance
President Trump recently issued an executive order instructing the Department of Labor to review new fiduciary rules that were scheduled to take effect on April 10, 2017. In relevant part, these fiduciary rules would modify the standard of care for institutions and individuals who provide investment advice or recommendations to IRA and HSA holders, provide a private cause of action for a breach of that standard of care and impose excise taxes for violations of certain prohibited transactions.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: Fiduciary , Executive Order , fiduciary rules , DOL , Department of Labor , HSA , Health Savings Accounts
Last week, Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Health Savings Act of 2017, S.403. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eric Paulsen (R-3rd MN). The legislation would expand the use of HSAs by broadening eligibility rules, increasing maximum contribution limits and widening the universe of expenses that could be reimbursed from HSAs. The legislation also contains provisions pertaining to the interaction between HSAs, FSAs and...
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Care Reform
The IRS has published new versions of various publications used by taxpayers to assist them in preparing their 2016 income tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , IRS , Pub 969 , Form 8889 , Health Savings Account
An IRS Chief Counsel Memorandum released on January 20, 2017, addressed the tax treatment of fixed indemnity health plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Indemnity , Wellness , Tax Exclusion
January 19, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that reflect changes to the definition of dependent under Code §152 and other IRS Code provisions made by the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 (WFTRA) and by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (FCSIAA).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: DCFSA , WFTRA , IRS , Qualifying Child , Qualifying Relative , Dependent