If you had any concerns about your 2016 ACA 1095-C forms, we can all take a collective sigh of relief. On the May 2, 2019 Payroll Industry call, the IRS announced that they have completed 99.8% of the
In total, they will have sent 31,825 letters to employers that are potentially subject to either the
As we have worked with employers that received a 226J, the most common reason for receiving the 226J was an error in reporting and it was usually related to an error on the 1094-C. The two most common 1094-C errors:
- Line 19 was not marked as Authoritative
- Part III, column (a) not marked or marked as “No”
Fixing these reporting errors as part of the 226J response was usually all it took to get these penalty amounts reversed.
While we’re all glad that 2016 is completed, the IRS also announced on the call that they are getting ready to start on the 2017 penalty letters, both for non-filing and non-compliance. The non-filing letters are expected to start in early June and the 226J ESRP penalty letters are expected to begin dropping to affected employers in late June or early July. Based on their current review of the data, they are expecting a volume similar to 2016 in terms of total letters.
Are there still penalties associated with non-compliance?
Yes! Employers who fail to comply, fail to comply on time, or fail to properly document their compliance, will face stiff financial penalties. And they have gone up for 2019: the sledgehammer penalty has been increased to $2,500 annually per full-time employee (minus the first 30 FTEs). The tack-hammer penalty has been increased to $3,750 annually per full-time employee who receives a tax credit! Read more
Keep an eye on developments in 2019
There may be at least a softening of the ACA employer mandate – for example, making the reporting easier for employers by simplifying it. This won’t happen quickly but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
We will keep you posted –