Author: Arwyn Robinson

Most Employers Are Required to File Electronic Information Returns Beginning in 2024

2 minute read On February 21, 2023, the IRS released Final Rules amending the existing requirements related to mandatory e-filing of information returns, including Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, among others. The final rules are effective for all applicable returns due on or after January 1, 2024. While the final rule requires electronic filing for a number of different information returns, such as Forms W-2 and 1099, which were previously allowed to be...
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President Biden Announces Anticipated End of COVID-19 National and Public Health Emergencies

8 minute read On January 30, 2023, President Biden issued a Statement of Administration Policy announcing his intent to extend the COVID-19 national and public health emergencies (collectively, “COVID-19 Emergencies”) set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively, until May 11, 2023. While the COVID-19 Emergencies have not officially been extended at this time, if they are extended through May 11, 2023, then they will end on that...
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CAA, 2023 Eliminates MHPAEA Exemption for Self-Funded Non-Federal Governmental Health Plans

4 minute read On December 29, 2022, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (“CAA, 2023”), into law. The CAA 2023, which is largely a bipartisan spending bill, sunsets provisions of the Public Health Service Act which permitted large, self-funded, non-federal governmental plans (i.e., self-funded state and local governmental plans) to opt out of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”)....
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Telemedicine Safe Harbor Extended Beyond 2022

4 minute read Telemedicine Safe Harbor Extended Beyond Calendar Year 2022 On December 29, 2022, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (“CAA, 2023”), into law. The CAA 2023, which is largely a bipartisan spending bill, includes a new telemedicine safe harbor similar to that which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the CAA, 2022. The safe harbor under the CAA, 2023...
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Agencies Extend RxDC Reporting Deadline to January 31, 2023

6 minute read On December 23, 2022, federal agencies released ACA and CAA Implementation FAQ Part 56 which extends the December 27, 2022 deadline for Prescription Drug Data Collection Reporting (“RxDC Reporting”) through January 31, 2023, and provides relief for plans that use a good faith, reasonable interpretation of the regulations and RxDC Reporting Instructions when submitting their data for the 2020 and 2021 reference years. Further, as...
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Ready for the new year? Did you make your list and check it twice?

While other team members may be winding down for the year and preparing to enjoy the holidays, most HR professionals would tell you it's their busiest time of year. There are a significant number of HR tasks to complete in a short period of time to prepare for the upcoming year. It is important for an organization to ensure these end-of-year tasks are completed to set the stage for a successful 2023 and beyond. This list is designed to help you...
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IRS Releases Final Rules Extending Deadline to Furnish ACA Reporting Forms

5 minute read On December 12, 2022, the IRS released a Final Rule providing for, among other things, an automatic 30-day extension of time for applicable large employers (“ALEs”) to furnish annual Forms 1095-C to individuals for calendar years beginning after December 31, 2022. The Final Rule is substantially consistent with the proposed rule issued by the IRS in November 2021 which employers were permitted to rely upon for their calendar year...
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Congress Set To Extend Telehealth Safe Harbor Beyond Calendar Year 2022

4 minute read On December 20, 2022, the House and Senate released H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (“CAA, 2023”), which is expected to pass in both chambers this week before being presented to the President for signature, which is expected by the Friday deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. The CAA, 2023 is largely a bipartisan spending bill but also includes, among other things, another, new telemedicine safe...
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IRS Releases PCORI Fee For Plan Years Ending Before October 1, 2023

3 minute read IRS Releases PCORI Fee For Plan Years Ending Before October 1, 2023 The IRS has released Notice 2022-59, which sets the applicable PCORI fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 at $3.00 per covered life. As a reminder, the PCORI was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of medical treatments, procedures and strategies that treat,...
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IRS FSA & Benefit Limit Adjustments for 2023

7 minute read IRS Adjusts Health Flexible Spending Account and Other Benefit Limits for 2023 On October 18, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2022-38, which increases the health flexible spending account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit to $3,050 for plan years beginning in 2023, an increase of $200 from 2022. Thus, for health FSAs with a carryover feature, the maximum carryover amount is $610 (20% of...
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