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…]

A Glimpse into the Fate of the ACA for Employers

A Glimpse into the Fate of the ACA for Employers In all the talk about President Donald Trump’s plans to change the Affordable Care Act, employers may be feeling uncertain on how this ever-evolving legislation impacts their current ACA compliance strategy.  Many experts believe that changes to the provisions of the ACA could take several years, meaning [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

Were you greeted at work today by news of the IRS 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 you need. Following consultation with stakeholders, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS have determined that a substantial [Read More…]

ACA Update: Election Aside, 2016 Reporting Requirements Remain

While there has been significant speculation about how the results of the 2016 election will impact ACA, the current regulations and accompanying penalties are still in place. The new administration would have a difficult time making any significant changes before the January 31, 2017 deadline to furnish 1095-Cs to employees and enrolled individuals. The Republican [Read More…]

In the News: How Will Rising ACA Premiums Affect Employers?

By now, you have likely seen numerous headlines and reports about Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance premiums increasing an average of 25% for the 2017 plan year. While this increase may be worrisome for plan subscribers, it’s important for employers to understand the implications of these rising ACA premiums as well. What do ACA (also [Read More…]

ACA Subsidy Appeals and Employee Communication: An Employer’s Perspective

ACA Subsidy Appeals and Employee Communication: An Employer’s Perspective Complimentary Webinar On-Demand Presented by Equifax, hosted by Employee Benefit News Watch & Learn Now By now you are probably aware that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun sending Marketplace subsidy notices. You may even have a good idea of how the [Read More…]

New and Notable: 2016 Draft Instructions for ACA Forms

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service released the much-anticipated draft instructions for Affordable Care Act Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.While changes to ACA forms and filing requirements can be difficult to follow, we’re here to help. Our team of ACA experts has reviewed these documents to deliver a brief overview of what’s new and notable. Here’s what [Read More…]

ACA Compliance in the M&A Environment

There is no shortage of ways that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has impacted the legal landscape for employers of all sizes.  ACA compliance is riddled with possible penalties and warrants an even greater consideration for organizations involved in or that are considering a merger or an acquisition (M&A).  Why? When it comes to complying [Read More…]

What’s Next for ACA: Subsidy Notifications and Appeals

With 1095s out the door, the next Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance hurdle employers face is managing subsidy notifications and appeals. Because subsidies, also referred to as Advanced Premium Tax Credits, are the trigger for penalties, it’s important to be prepared to handle the flood of notifications that the Exchanges are expected to send in [Read More…]