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Posts tagged as “Affordable Care Act”

Reimbursing Employees for Health Insurance Can Be a Costly Mistake


As we get into the health insurance renewal season, there are some smaller, non-ACA mandated businesses (less than 50 FTEs) that may consider dropping their small group health plan all together.  An average of 20-30% group rate hikes year after year do take a toll on the bottom line, so it would not be surprising. In lieu of carrying a group health plan, some employers may even decide to simply reimburse their employees a set amount for them to obtain individual coverage, or maybe even pay for the employees individual health insurance costs directly.   Unfortunately, 2013 guidance from the IRS…

Are group health insurance, minimum participation requirements legal?


I have a client with a very interesting scenario in regards to Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance and their desire to abide by the law. This client is defined as an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) by having greater than 50 Full-time Equivalent employees, therefore is bound by the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. If they do not offer affordable health coverage to their full-time employees, they may be subject to a penalty of $2,000 per employee. In this case, the company, not wanting to be penalized, sought a health insurance agent to obtain a…

IRS Releases Final Version of the Year End ACA Forms


This past week, the Internal Revenue Service has published the final versions of Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, and their respective instructions for tax year 2015.  These forms will be used by employers to report offers of health insurance coverage made to their full-time employees after year end.  While not much has changed on the forms themselves from the earlier draft, there has been some clarification in reporting in the final version of the instructions. Applicable large employers (ALE) must file these forms with the IRS annually, no later than February 28 (March 31 if filed electronically) of the year immediately…