New IRS Guidance: Letter 226J, Paying ACA Penalties

On November 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly updated its Questions and Answers page pertaining to the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Significantly, the IRS added a section titled, “Making an Employer Shared Responsibility Payment,” which includes the first-ever official, detailed guidance regarding how penalties under Internal Revenue [Read More…]

3 Letters from the IRS Your Organization Can’t Ignore

The failure of the Senate’s “skinny repeal” bill signaled what many employers were waiting to hear definitively: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay, at least for now. If your organization had previously been playing “wait and see” regarding your reporting obligations, now is the time to comply with the ACA or face [Read More…]

Repeal of Affordable Care Act Derailed by Senator McCain

Background After several months on a legislative roller coaster ride, the effort by congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature piece of healthcare legislation, has abruptly come to a halt. Early on Friday, July 28, 2017 – following a dramatic return to the Senate after receiving a diagnosis [Read More…]

Future Compliance Obligations Hinging on the Fate of the ACA

Future Compliance Obligations Hinging on the Fate of the ACA With future compliance obligations hinging on the fate of the ACA and/or the AHCA, some employers may be tempted to hold off on making any large-scale changes to their ACA compliance strategy. However, it’s important for employers to continue adhering to the current ACA reporting and compliance [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…]

10 Most Common ACA Challenges Employers Face in 2017

It’s been quite a saga for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the last year. It was dead, then maybe not, and now it’s here to stay (at least for now). In a recently-released audit and report completed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) titled, “Affordable Care Act: Assessment of Efforts to Implement [Read More…]

AHCA Scrapped, Obamacare Remains Law of the Land

The flurry of events on Capitol Hill last Friday afternoon left many Americans struggling to make sense of what all was happening at any given moment. On March 24, 2017—amidst unofficial tallies indicating the bill would not pass, and at President Trump’s request—the House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from consideration [Read More…]

Equifax wins Technology Excellence Award at Benefitfocus One Place

Pictured: Ray August, President and Chief Operating Officer at Benefitfocus; Scott Hudson, Senior Vice President, Equifax Global Consumer Services; Annmarie Fini, Senior Vice President, Customer Success at Benefitfocus; Vince Jajuga, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, Equifax Workforce Solutions.  Photograph courtesy of Benefitfocus.  We’re excited to announce that the Equifax Affordable Care Act Management Solution has won a 2017 [Read More…]

ACA Filing Tips: What Does this IRS Error Mean?

It’s once again ACA filing season! HR and benefits professionals know that when preparing to transmit forms to the IRS – through the IRS ACA Information Return (AIR) System or through a technology vendor – it’s important to understand common IRS transmission error messages, plus what they mean to help remedy the problem. A better [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…]