Understanding IRS Penalty Letter 226J
The IRS is now enforcing the Affordable Care Act based on employer responsibility reporting (1094-C and 1095-C forms). Over $228 billion in penalties has been sent from the IRS for ACA non-compliance so far.
The IRS has issued letter 226J to Applicable Large Employers (ALE) if it determines that, for at least one month in the year, one or more of the ALE’s full-time employees was enrolled in a qualified health plan for which a premium tax credit was allowed, and the ALE did not qualify for an affordability safe harbor or other relief for the employee.
How to Handle IRS letter 226J
If your company receives Letter 226J, you have 30 days to respond. The letter will inform you of your potential liability for payment. The general procedures the IRS will use to assess the employer shared-responsibility payment are described in the letter, and they also have additional information on their website: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/understanding-your-letter-226-j
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