Past Years' Filing: What should Employers Do?
Many employers have been receiving IRS Penalty Letter 5699, if the IRS finds that a company has not filed their 1094-C and 1095-C for any previous years. You can respond to the letter usually within 30 days and choose the reason why you have not filed. Some employers may receive other IRS penalty letters for filing late or incorrectly as well.
If you have failed to file previous year’s forms, you will then be required to do so. Or you may have filed incorrectly and will then have to re-file correctly.
The IRS has stated that penalties for noncompliance with the Employer Shared Responsibility Tax have no statute of limitations on when the IRS can impose them. This means that employers are never “safe” or “out of the woods” from receiving penalty letters, even from the very first reporting season, which happened in the spring of 2016.
Also, with a Biden administration, anticipated legislation is coming to enhance the ACA, so now is the time for employers to assess their ACA processes. There are many speculations about what is to come, but it has already been discussed that ACA enhancements are likely to pass.
Moreover, because the IRS has indicated that it will not renew its good-faith effort penalty relief after 2020, employers should work to ensure proper reporting to avoid ACA reporting non-compliance penalties.
What should Employers Do?
- Filing late for prior years is better than not filing at all.
- Determine your ALE status for previous Years and identify if you need to file.
- Evaluate your ACA compliance plan. Do not be a victim of *ACA Light and become the next penalty letter from the IRS.
- Know how to reply to an IRS letter.
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