Employer mandate penalties are coming

It’s been two years of required reporting of the Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but the IRS has yet to impose any penalties on employers for failing to comply with the law. This delay has suggested to some employers that the IRS would not be enforcing the mandates or collecting penalties. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) just released a report that is a game changer.

On April 7, 2017 TIGTA issued its, “Assessment of the Efforts to Implement the Employer Mandate under the Affordable Care Act.” In this report, TIGT explained that the IRS has developed an ACA Compliance Validation (ACV) System. It will be used to identify potentially non-compliant Applicable Large Employers and calculate the “A” penalty under the Employer Mandate. The IRS has been developing the ACV system since July 2015 with a scheduled completion date of January 2017. However, “the implementation of the ACV System has been delayed to May 2017.”

The report states that once the systems are in place, the IRS will be able to mass identify noncompliant employers. This will allow the IRS to send notices to noncompliant employers for any and all reporting years.

This means that time is up for employers who were delaying. The current lack of IRS notices for noncompliance with the Employer Mandate does not imply that the IRS does not intend to enforce the Employer Mandate. The IRS will come knocking, they are just running behind schedule. FreedomCare has the solutions you need, answer our simple questionnaire to get started.

ACA Benefit Small Business Owners

How does the ACA benefit small business owners?

What if I told you there are opportunities for small business owners to attract better talent and have healthier employees? Here are 3 ways the ACA can benefit small business owners.

1. Better recruiting and higher retention.

You now have the opportunity to reinvent your employee benefits for your small business. Gone are the days when only the larger employers could offer the benefits it takes to recruit the best employees. With the ACA, you are now able to offer employees access to discounted health insurance benefits such as individual health insurance which provides qualifying individuals access to premium tax credits.

2. Think outside of the box – Self-Insurance.

Your Group is never too small to self-insure. Before the ACA small business owners had limited options for providing health insurance to employees and the idea of self-insurance was just for the big boys like Walmart, Target, etc. but now it’s available to all business owners. We want to help you offer affordable competitive benefits through self-insuring.

3. Increased productivity.

We have programs in place to improve your employees productivity, employees who have enhanced access to health insurance services and options tend to be healthier and cost your business less. Healthy employees are able to come to work more and produce at a higher level of productivity versus an employee who does not have access to health insurance services and is constantly sick. Some of the unforeseen costs of having sicker absentee employees are their replacement costs. The expense of finding a new worker, training them, allowing for their learning curve, et cetera.

These are just some of the ways the Employer Mandate benefits small business owners. Stay educated, we are a resource for your questions and here to help you. Contact FreedomCare today.

*For purposes of the employer mandate – FTE classifies all employees who work 30 hours or more.