From a proposal to expand mandatory e-filings to numerous legislative activities, 2018 brought in a storm of Affordable Care Act (ACA) confusion for employers, their trusted advisors, and the American public. Several new rules impacted provisions of the health law, both for individuals and employers, and the midterm elections put the ACA back in the spotlight.
Now that the midterm elections are in the rearview mirror and a Democrat-controlled House has halted any imminent threats to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s time to regroup and shed some light on common misconceptions about the health care law. If there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that the past nearly two years of the Trump Administration have been replete with health care confusion.
If you’re an applicable large employer (ALE) and you didn’t receive a Letter 226-J from the IRS for failing to comply with the employer mandate for the 2015 tax year, that doesn’t mean you’re safe from future fines.
As many polls forecasted leading up to the midterm elections, the Democratic Party took back the House of Representatives and is now holding a majority with at least 220 seats. While Democrats failed to secure the Senate, the party did manage to maintain at least 44 seats, leaving them a strong minority.
When it comes to taking action against businesses that failed to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS means business.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was all but set to collect a new EEO-1 report for the 2017 reporting season as part of its continuing effort to combat wage discrimination. That’s no longer the case.
This post was updated on Dec. 3, 2018
The IRS has released drafts of the 2018 1094/1095-C and 1094/1095-B forms. The release of these documents is another clear message from the IRS that it’s continuing to enforce the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which applicable large employers (ALEs) are subject to.
If you’re an employer that’s never offered health care to your employees before, the idea of doing so might feel a bit daunting. However, there’s no reason to let this fear get the best of you.
The IRS continues to add to the 30,000 Letter 226-J penalty notices it has already sent to applicable large employers (ALEs) who failed to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate in the 2015 tax year. Now, the agency is also preparing to send out notices for 2016.
If you believe you’re in the clear because you didn’t receive a notice for 2015, let this serve as a warning: You’re not out of the woods yet.
Despite vast efforts by the Trump administration, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains pretty much intact. And while the fate of the ACA could very well be decided at the midterm elections, employers must come to grips with the fact that, as of right now, there will be consequences for anyone who fails to comply with ACA regulations.