The past few years have brought forth a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. The topic of ‘repeal and replace’ was front and center during the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, and 2017 saw several attempts at repeal, none of which were ultimately successfully at scrapping the law in its entirety.
You’ve completed your IRS 1095-C forms for a tax year, submitted them with the 1094-C form to the IRS electronically through e-Filing, and have received a “status” response from the IRS. What does that status mean?
Due to the complexity of the process, utilizing a reputable software vendor to file your 1094/1095 data electronically with the IRS is considered to be a best practice. One reason for this is that if it turns out that there’s a problem with some of your ACA data, the IRS doesn’t necessarily make it easy to figure out what went wrong. The best you will get back from the agency is a series of cryptic error codes that you’ll have to decipher to discover the problems that they identified with your transmission.
In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your online data in every way possible. News stories about hacking and data breaches are becoming all too common, with even major companies being regularly affected. A recent example is Marriott Hotels, who in November 2018 announced that they had discovered a massive data breach potentially involving as many as 500 million people.
You’ve completed your reporting obligation for the Affordable Care Act. How do you know if you need to file a correction?
There has been a lot of news the past couple of years regarding efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the ACA. While the individual mandate was successfully repealed for 2019 and beyond (meaning that individuals who fail to have health insurance coverage will no longer have to pay a penalty), it’s critical for Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to understand that the employer mandate is still in full effect for 2019 and beyond. That means that the penalties associated with not offering affordable coverage are also still in effect.
Employees will oftentimes wonder why Part III of their 1095-C form doesn’t contain any information. This is because Part III of the form is used only to track individuals (employee, dependents, spouse, retirees, employees on continuation coverage, non-employees, etc.) covered under an employer-sponsored self-insured plan.
The 1095-C form is used by employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees (also referred to as applicable large employers or ALEs) to report information required under Section 6056 of the Affordable Care Act. This includes their offers of health coverage and the employees’ enrollment in health coverage.
Per the IRS, employers can get an automatic 30-day extension of time to file their ACA forms by completing Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns. The form may be submitted on paper or through the IRS’s electronic system. No signature or explanation is required. Form 8809 must be filed on or before the due date of the returns in order to get the 30-day extension.