Employers should keep in mind that the 2021 deadlines for 2020 ACA reporting are looming.
Every year since 2015, the IRS requires that Applicable Large Employers, companies with over 50 full time equivalent employees, are required to offer affordable coverage to their eligible employees, and furnish 1095-C forms to employees and a 1094-C form to the IRS.
Navigating reporting with multiple different types of employee working hours can be quite challenging. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, questions and debates have arisen about the impact of this law on third-party staffing arrangements. Many companies offer temporary and part-time employees lower-tiered benefits, if any. If you have employees working a variety of hours, how can you ensure your business is ACA-compliant?
We have developed this guideline to ACA compliance for full-time, part-time and temporary employees to help you understand the definitions of different employees and navigate ACA compliance.
We are neck deep in the current ACA reporting cycle and while the main focus of employers should be meeting their fulfillment and e-filing deadlines, it is important they take note of a clarification recently made by the Internal Revenue Service. 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. This clarification came from the Chief Counsels Office at the IRS, and the entire memorandum can be read here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-lafa/20200801f.pdf
Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance is likely the last thing on anyone’s mind during an acquisition.
But that would be a mistake.
Even when everything looks and feels similar after one company purchases another – the same employees, the same company name – that’s not true about their ACA reporting.
Is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going away, or is it here to stay? This has been an ongoing debate ever since the statute was signed into law.