Compliance and Regulatory
Podcast Episode 134: IRS Mandates Electronic Filing for Smaller Employers
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FAQ: One of our employees contributed too much to their HSA in 2022 due to Medicare enrollment. And we missed a 2022 employer contribution for another employee. Can these errors be corrected now?
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley address recent IRS guidance that mandates electronic filing of certain tax forms – including Forms 1095-C – for smaller employers. Chase describes the background from Congress and the IRS and explains what it means now that any employer filing 10 or more forms (previously, this was 250) will be required to do so through the IRS electronic filing system. Suzanne and Chase discuss the impact on smaller employers, along with updated employer mandate penalties and certain state filing requirements for employers. Chase closes with an outline of a proposed bill in Congress addressing benefits continuation for employees locked out or participating in a strike.
Periodically, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page for the most up-to-date episode.
Topic: The End Is Near: Benefit Implications from Expiring COVID-19 Emergencies
Description: The COVID-19 emergencies are scheduled to end on May 11, 2023, signaling an end to benefit provisions employers have come to rely on in recent years. Join our team to learn how the end of these emergencies may impact your benefit plans. Topics we will cover include:
Date/Time: March 15, 2023
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT (3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET)
This program is pending approval for 1.0 (general) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at hrci.org.
Under the CAA, Section 204, insured and self-insured group health plans are required to report significant information regarding prescription drug and healthcare spending to the government. The 2020 and 2021 calendar year data submissions were due by December 27, 2022. However, under recently announced relief, a submission grace period was made available to employers who submitted the 2020 and 2021 data in good faith on or before January 31, 2023.
The data must be submitted to the Health Insurance Oversight System (HIOS) in files and formats specified by CMS. As applicable, employers should work closely with their carriers, third-party administrators, pharmacy benefit managers and other vendors to ensure the required information is timely and accurately provided. In some cases, employers that sponsor self-insured plans may need to submit data directly to HIOS. Detailed information regarding the reporting requirements, including instructions, FAQs and a HIOS portal user guide, is available on the CMS website.
Employers should be aware that the reporting of 2022 data is due by June 1, 2023. Accordingly, carriers, TPAs and service providers submitting information on behalf of plans will be collecting required information from employers in advance of this deadline. Therefore, employers should respond promptly to requests for needed data, such as the average monthly premium paid by employers and employees, by any deadline set by the carrier, TPA or service provider. (Under limited regulatory relief, some plans were not required to report the average premium information for 2020 and 2021 but must do so for the 2022 reporting year.) Employers should also request written confirmation from the carrier, TPA or service provider of the timely submission.
Annual ACA reporting deadlines for employers that sponsored group health plans in 2022 are approaching.
Applicable large employers (ALEs) with 50 or more full-time employees (FTEs), including full-time equivalent employees, in the prior year who sponsored group health plans (whether insured or self-insured) must comply with IRC Section 6056 reporting in early 2023. Specifically, ALEs must complete and distribute Form 1095-C to full-time employees by March 2, 2023. The form should detail whether the employee was offered minimum value, affordable coverage during 2022. The forms may be mailed, electronically delivered or delivered by hand (although proof of delivery in some manner is recommended).
Employers who sponsored a self-insured plan during 2022 must comply with Section 6055 reporting in 2023. Self-insured employers with 50 or more FTEs must complete Section III of Form 1095-C detailing which months the employee (and any applicable spouse and dependents) had coverage under the employer’s plan. If the self-insured employer has fewer than 50 FTEs, it must complete and distribute a Form 1095-B with such information. Again, the forms must be delivered to employees by March 2, 2023.
If the self-insured employer has fewer than 50 FTEs, an alternative is available to distributing Form 1095-B to individuals. These small employers are permitted to post a clear and conspicuous notice on their website of the availability of the document and the necessary contact information to request it. Any such request must be fulfilled within 30 days. This posting alternative is not available for Form 1095-C.
Employers must also file the forms with the IRS by February 28, 2023, if filing by paper, and March 31, 2023, if filing electronically. The filing must include the transmittal Form 1094-C (if filing Forms 1095-C) or Form 1094-B (if filing Forms 1095-B).
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