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Another Round of ACA Non-Compliance Letters is Looming

Cue the “Jaws” movie music, because the penalties are coming. Thursday, July 11th, on the monthly IRS Payroll Industry call, the IRS continued to communicate that ACA compliance activities continue, including non-compliance letters, despite legislative and judicial challenges. One example is Texas v. United States which argues that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate […]

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IRS Releases an “Early” Draft of the 2020 W-4

In response to changes in federal taxes by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in December of 2017, the IRS released an early draft of the new 2020 W-4 on May 30th. Read more about the reasons for the change here. This new form will require payroll software and service providers to change […]

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What’s New with the W-4 in 2019?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) - passed in December of 2017 - still has payroll professionals on edge as they continue to wait for the IRS to finalize the calculation for withholding federal tax from employees. The TCJA made significant changes to how federal tax is calculated for individual taxpayers. In addition, many […]

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ACA Compliance for Employers: Avoiding an IRS Audit

The IRS has proven over the last several months that they are actively enforcing the ACA by issuing letters to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) who may have failed to comply with Affordable Care Act. Since the IRS is fully engaged in the Affordable Care Act audit process, it is more important than ever for US […]

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ACA employer compliance enforcement: I received letter 226J from the IRS. How do I respond?

The IRS has begun notifying employers of ESRPs (Employer-Shared Responsibility Payments), otherwise known as ACA penalties. The first letters, letter 226J, address penalties associated with the 2015 filing year for forms provided to the IRS in 2016. It is important to provide a timely response to this IRS letter. Here are some tips to ensure […]

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Have you received an ACA “love letter” from the IRS?

As stated back in April of this year, the IRS will begin enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) any day now. They have now published a draft of the soon to be sent Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (aka “Penalty”) notification letter. While some employers have received “non-filing” letters from the IRS already, this letter […]

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Understanding the ACA Employer Mandate Part 1

Repeal ACA, replace ACA, repair ACA or just leave it alone? While the lawmakers debate, employers are left with a lot of confusion. As of right now, the ACA, including the employer mandate, remains in place and all the compliance rules still apply. Nearing year-end and your 2017 tax reporting, this would be a good […]

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Employers hoping for a filing extension for 1095-Cs likely to be disappointed

In a recent statement from the IRS, it is clear that they have stepped up enforcement of Affordable Care Act regulations. The recent statement reverses a prior practice of accepting individual tax returns which omitted information related to health insurance coverage on line 61 of tax Form 1040. For 2017 tax forms, this information will […]

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2017 Draft Instructions for Forms 1094-C & 1095-C Released

On September 7th, 2017, the IRS released a draft of the instructions for completing forms 1094-C and 1095-C used by employers to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements to employees and the IRS. Individuals responsible for completing these forms will surely appreciate that there were very few changes identified for 2017 reporting. […]

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The ACA Employer Mandate – a refresher PART 2

All the recent activity around ACA repeal/ replace has created a lot of confusion for employers. The net outcome of this has been…nothing. The ACA - including the employer mandate – stands, at least for 2017. With 2017 tax reporting coming up, now is a good time to recap what the penalties are if employers […]

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