Affordable Care Act in St Petersburg Florida

3 Affordable Care Act Taxes Postponed by Congress

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On January 22, President Trump signed into law a short-term government funding bill. It ended the brief government shutdown by funding the federal government through February 8. It also suspends the following Affordable Care Act (ACA) taxes, which were designed to help fund...
ACA in St Petersburg Florida

Good News in the New Year: IRS Extends ACA Filing Deadlines

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Employers and other organizations got some good news from the IRS for the start of the new year. The tax agency announced that it’s extending the due dates for filing 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) information returns. This gives employers extra time to complete two tasks:...
Grandfathered Status in St Petersburg Florida

Ways a Company Health Care Plan Can Lose Grandfathered Status

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Health care plans that weren’t in place before March 23, 2010 don’t have grandfathered status under the Affordable Care Act. Consequently, these newer plans must meet the provisions under the law including: Unisex premiums (Gender-defined premiums are prohibited under...
ACA Changes in St Petersburg Florida

Reminders of ACA Changes Coming Up in 2016

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Changes brought by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to roll in. For affected employers, these changes could mean higher expenses and will add filing responsibilities with the IRS. Background: The ACA has a language of its own, with many new terms employers must learn. For...
Cadillac Tax in St Petersburg Florida

IRS Sends Signals of Future Fine Print on the ACA Cadillac Tax

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You might scratch your head and wonder why a law that is intended to improve the quality of health care for U.S. citizens would penalize employers that are trying to do their part. The reason is simple: Since the value of health benefits is not taxable to employees, the more...
ACA Compliance in St Petersburg Florida

It’s Not Too Soon to Tackle the Next ACA Compliance Task

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As the IRS puts it, “every person that provides minimum essential coverage to an individual during a calendar year must file an information return and a transmittal.” Health plan providers and self-insured employers are “persons,” in the eyes of the IRS....
Small Business Health in St Petersburg Florida

Small Business Health Premium Reimbursement Plans Reprieve

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Historically, companies that wanted their employees to be protected with health coverage, but didn’t want the hassle of having a company health plan, could simply give employees an amount of money sufficient to reimburse them for the cost of buying that coverage or some...
ACA Affordable Care Act in St Petersburg Florida

Taxpayers Beware: Errors Found on Some ACA Forms

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If you signed up for coverage through the ACA federal Health Insurance Marketplace last year, you should have received a statement in the mail in February from the Marketplace called a Form 1095-A. This statement includes important information you need in order to complete and...

Employer Penalty Alert for Reimbursing Employee Health Coverage

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a number of so-called “market reform” restrictions on employer-provided group health plans, starting with plan years beginning in 2014. These restrictions generally apply to all employer-provided group health plans —...
Is your business ready for play-or-pay in Tampa, Florida

Is your business ready for play-or-pay?

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If you’re a “large” employer, time is running out to prepare for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) shared responsibility provision, commonly referred to as “play-or-pay.” It’s scheduled to go into effect in 2015. Under transitional relief the IRS issued earlier this year, for...