September 12, 2017

H&W 2018 Affordability Percentage

The IRS has released the 2018 affordability percentage that applicable large employers will need to be aware of in order to make sure the health coverage they provide is considered affordable allowing them to avoid employer shared responsibility penalties. For 2018, the percentage is 9.56% which is a reduction from 2017 when it was 9.69%. … Continue Reading

August 16, 2017

H&W ACA Remains in Force

In anticipation of a quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the White House issued a January 20, 2017 Executive Order directing federal agencies to minimize the compliance burden imposed by the ACA.  The prospects for repeal of the ACA have since dimmed and the IRS is reminding employers that they must continue to comply… Continue Reading

August 9, 2017

H&W Draft 2017 1094 and 1095 Reporting Forms

The IRS has released DRAFT versions of the 2017 1094 and 1095 reporting forms.  There are very minimal changes to the draft forms over the 2016 versions.  Specifics on the changes follow: Form 1094-B:     No changes Form 1095-B:     No changes to the form.  The instructions have been updated to include the following: “Additional information. For… Continue Reading

August 3, 2017

H&W ACA Forward

As you probably know, there have been multiple efforts by congress to repeal, replace or otherwise change the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As of this writing (August 3, 2017), all of these efforts have failed to pass. Unless other legislative or agency action is taken, employer responsibilities required by the ACA remain in place. Looking… Continue Reading

June 12, 2017

H&W Church Plans – What are they?

Recently, the United States Supreme Court brought some additional understanding to the question of what constitutes a “church plan” for purposes of ERISA.  While ERISA, generally speaking, regulates employer-sponsored employee pensions and welfare plans, it carves out an exemption for church plans. ERISA’s original definition of a church plan was “a plan established and maintained… Continue Reading

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