Author: Kathleen A. Berger, CEBS

On November 29, 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date for employers to furnish 2018 Form 1095-C or 1095-B under the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirement. Employers will have an extra month to prepare and distribute the 2018 form to individuals. The due dates for filing forms with the IRS…

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued compliance guidance for benefit plans, employers and employees, and service providers who are impacted by the California wildfires. The guidance generally provides relief from various ERISA requirements and time limits for entities in the disaster area. This follows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement extending certain filing dates….

Question: Our company received a rebate check from our health insurance carrier. As the employer, we pay the bulk of premiums, although employees who enroll for coverage do pay a portion of the cost. Are there restrictions on how we can use the rebate money? Answer: Yes, there are restrictions on using the rebate. The…

Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including an increase in voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored healthcare flexible spending arrangements (HFSAs) to $2,700 for plan years beginning in 2019, up from the 2018 limit of $2,650. The IRS also announced an increase in the 2019 monthly…

Do you employ six or more workers in Massachusetts? If so, be sure that you or your payroll administrator complete the new Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by November 30. What You Need to Know It’s new. The new HIRD form is not the same as the forms and…

On November 1, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2018-83 announcing cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019. Many pension plan limits will change next year because the increase in the cost-of-living index has met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. Other items,…

Employers, have you reminded your employees to check that they are having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks? It’s a good idea for everyone to check their payroll withholding every year, but it is particularly important this year due to the big changes Congress made to the federal tax rules for 2018….

Question: Our company is getting ready for open enrollment. Can we distribute ERISA notices electronically instead of printing and delivering hard copies? Answer: Yes, electronic delivery complies with ERISA’s disclosure rules – but certain conditions must be met. First, whether delivered in hard copy or electronic media, ERISA requires preparing and furnishing materials “in a…

Employers that offer a health plan that covers outpatient prescription drugs must distribute the plan’s Medicare Part D notice before October 15. The notice explains whether the plan’s drug benefits are creditable or noncreditable coverage. It is only required for Medicare-eligible participants, but many employers choose to distribute the notice to all participants regardless of…

The IRS has finalized the forms and instructions that employers will use for 2018 reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Applicable large employers (ALEs) will use the following: 2018 Form 1094-C (transmittal to IRS). 2018 Form 1095-C (statement to individual). 2018 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (instructions). Employers that self-fund a minimum essential…