Our recent webinar, “Compliance Countdown: 5 ACA Tips So You Don’t Drop the Ball in 2017,” featured three expert speakers offering key strategies to help employers hit ACA compliance deadlines with confidence – and with their sanity still intact!
“It ain’t time to worry yet.” This famous line from one of my favorite books, To Kill a Mockingbird, is relevant to so many situations in life and applies to where we benefits professionals find ourselves in the aftermath of the presidential election. After seeing the election results, many – myself included – wondered breathlessly, “What happens to ACA?!”
It’s not often that you hear “good news” in the same sentence as the Affordable Care Act, but lo and behold, recent news from the IRS made this a reality for those experiencing TIN (Tax Identification Number) validation failures when transmitting 1095-C data.
National Small Business Appreciation Week (NSBAW) is an opportunity for us to celebrate and salute the contributions of small businesses across the country. This week is particularly meaningful to me because Businessolver started nearly two decades ago as a small business.
March was a busy month for HR pros, as they were faced with meeting the first deadline for Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance reporting. All 1095-B and 1095-C forms were required to be postmarked for delivery to applicable employees by March 31. And though we all have (hopefully) conquered this first reporting hurdle, the madness won’t be stopping any time soon. Next up, companies filing 250 or more returns must submit electronic copies of 1095-B/1095-C and 1094-B/1094-C forms by the fast-approaching deadline of June 30.
It’s that time of year. Basketball games are dominating the airwaves and everyone is anxiously tracking their brackets. For those of us who work in the world of benefits, however, we’re anxiously tracking something else – Affordable Care Act compliance reports.
Consumer-directed health plans will remain a key strategy for avoiding the ACA “Cadillac” tax on high-cost plans, while employers project their per-employee health benefit costs to rise an average of 4.2 percent next year, after they’ve made planned changes, according to the early responses from the recent National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.
It’s been an exciting week here at Businessolver! Earlier we announced that we have officially received notification from the IRS that we are now an "Approved Transmitter," allowing the electronic filing of compliance documents to the Affordable Care Act Information Returns (AIR) program on behalf of our clients. This means we have been moved to Production Status for IRS transmittal of ACA data for 2014.
So, why is this such a big deal?
When Congress passed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 this summer, it rewrote the rules of U.S. trade policy in ways that ranged from defining the kinds of trade deals the President can negotiate to extending and revising economic benefits and opportunities to sub-Saharan Africa. The law also included a tiny provision that had little to do with international trade and had everything to do with employers who offer health care benefits.
Are you an ACA know-it-all? Or are you like the majority of HR pros on our recent ACA webinar who said they were 50 percent or less confident in their ACA solution? If the volume of questions we received in our ACA: Clear as Mud webinar is any indication (there were no less than 125 questions asked by listeners), there is still a need for more education. Buff up on these ACA tips to get started: