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By Caroline Smith, 07/08/2016
The 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act (the “Act”) includes provisions to strengthen the civil monetary penalties under various federal laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Pursuant to the Act, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) must adjust ERISA’s...
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By Caroline Smith, 07/06/2016
As previously addressed in our 2nd Quarter Compliance Observer Newsletter, beginning this spring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would begin sending Exchange subsidy notices to employers who had an employee(s) enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace and who were...
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By Caroline Smith, 06/10/2016
In response to vendors in the insurance and wellness market introducing certain “wellness programs” designed as a “tax savings” to employers, the IRS recently released a memorandum providing its views on the tax treatment of rewards under employer wellness plans. READ FULL ALERT
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By Dustin Graham, 06/10/2016
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured health plans to pay Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees (PCORI fees). The fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return). Although Form 720 is a quarterly...
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