Tackling Program Integrity in Government Services

Government agencies face two key challenges: budgets under pressure and programs have to be streamlined to fight off fraud, waste, and abuse. Fortunately, agencies now have access to data and analytics tools that can help ensure program integrity and save taxpayer money. On May 23, Government Executive Media Group hosted a webinar called “Program Integrity: Ways [Read More…]

CERCA Recap: Identity Fraud & Tax Reform Implementation

The CERCA Spring Conference, held on May 16, capped a broadly successful 2018 filing season that saw tax identity theft reduced by 65-percent from just two years ago. However, the IRS, state tax agencies, and the tax industry are facing new challenges: Fraudsters are using more sophisticated schemes, with business identity theft and account takeovers of tax [Read More…]

CA & VT Send ACA Subsidy Notifications, Federal Next?

Recently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) State-Based Healthcare Marketplaces in California, Covered California, and Vermont, Vermont Health Connect, sent ACA subsidy notifications for 2017 open enrollment to employers, joining the marketplaces of Connecticut, Minnesota and Washington who have also sent notifications. Equifax obtained copies of these newly-sent ACA subsidy notifications, which you may view here [Read More…]

New TIGTA ACA Assessment Indicates IRS Fines are on the Way

While employers have been working diligently to understand and comply with the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been stretched to implement processes and tools to identify non-compliant employers. We learned they were making strides in this regard with the release of Letter 5699 earlier [Read More…]

Trending ACA Reporting Questions on our Community

We’re getting down to the wire! Deadlines for filing forms 1094-C and 1095-C are fast approaching, and the clients of our ACA Management Solutions have been making good use the Equifax ACA Community site to get the last minute information they’re after. Curious what the top trending ACA reporting questions are on our ACA Community [Read More…]

ACA Penalties on the Way, IRS Letter 5699 Requests Missing Reporting

Recently, the IRS began sending Letter 5699 to request missing 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting from Applicable Large Employers (ALEs).  A sample of this letter is available here. In the Letter 5699, titled “Request for Employer Reporting of Offers of Health Insurance Coverage (Forms 1094-C and 1095-C)”, a tax compliance officer is notifying the [Read More…]

ACA Update: IRS Extends Distribution Deadline for 1095 Forms

Note: this post was updated on January 3, 2018. Just before many employers left the office for December 2017 holiday breaks,  the IRS made the important announcement that they are extending the distribution deadline for 1095 forms. The Equifax ACA team has reviewed the official documentation from the IRS to provide you with the important details [Read More…]

IRS Releases Final 2016 ACA Forms and Instructions

On August 1, the Internal Revenue Service released the much-anticipated draft 2016 instructions for Affordable Care Act Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, which are used by Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to report on employer-provided health insurance offers and coverage. On September 30, 2016, the IRS posted new versions of the instructions and forms. Although the information [Read More…]

SSA Selects Equifax to Strengthen Identity Verification

Equifax recently announced that it has completed integration with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to supply identity proofing and account, address and mobile device ID verification to help mange risk and mitigate fraud for the SSA’s my Social Security system, a personalized portal for customers to access some of SSA’s services such as the online [Read More…]

Cybersecurity National Action Plan

On February 9, 2016, the President implemented the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) designed “to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections, protect privacy, maintain public safety as well as economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security.” Threats against business and the government are continuing with a record number of [Read More…]