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  • The IRS is open for business again.
    The IRS is open for business again. Employer Shared Responsibility Payments are now being assessed again on 2017’ tax year.  Don’t forget to offer to 95% of those eligible and make it affordable or face these letters. And if you do all these things, remember to report it correctly on your 10-5/1094 reporting Over reporting […]
  • FWAHU Sales Symposium
    Our very own Sharon Alt, Senior Client Liason is leading a CE Class: Employer Reporting – Whose job is it? at the annual FWAHU Sales Symposium DATES COMING SOON. Check out the link in Comments to register now! #FWAHU (REGISTER HERE) ETC Companies is here to assist. For more information, please reach out to info@etctracking.com.
  • IRS Publishes Adjusted 4980H Penalties for 2021
    The IRS recently published the indexed adjustments to the employer shared responsibility penalties that apply to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for the 2021 calendar year, which include: 4980H(a): $2,700 (up from $2,570 for 2020) when the ALE fails to minimum essential coverage (MEC) to at least 95% of full-time employees and dependents and at least one full-time […]
  • DOL Release New Back-to-School FFCRA Guidance
    After it became clear that not all schools would be fully reopening for the new school year, employers and employees alike have been wondering how the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) would apply in the variety of new schooling scenarios. Yesterday, the DOL released several new Questions and Answers that address those issues, quoted below: Question 98: […]
  • Protected: Option Two – ACA 2020 – CHECKLIST
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  • ACA Penalties for Applicable Large Employers
    Are you more vulnerable than you think when it comes to IRS ACA Penalties?  Even in 2020 the IRS continues to enforce and collect penalties. Click (here) to download our paper.
  • Protected: Option One – ACA 2020 – CHECKLIST
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  • Alert! Michigan: New Executive Order Reestablishes Previous Stay-at-Home Restrictions
    As Michigan’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-160 rescinding previous orders that had relaxed Michigan’s stay-at-home requirements. The new order closes or restricts operations of several indoor establishments, restricts social gatherings and events, and reiterates individual and workplace operation guidelines. In addition, the governor issued Executive Order 2020-161, which revises workplace safeguards. Orders […]
  • Help The San Antonio Children’s Shelter
    Help The San Antonio Children’s Shelter The Children’s Shelter fills in the gaps for so many; ensuring that children are provided with the nourishment and tools to successfully grow and mature. School is starting in a couple weeks. Virtually for a few weeks and then face-to-face after Labor Day. The Children’s Shelter is currently working […]
  • Massachusetts Designates Juneteenth as a State Holiday. New Obligation for Many Retail Employers
    Littler Mendelson Publication 7.31.20 On Friday, July 24, 2020, Governor Baker signed a bill designating Juneteenth (June 19th) as an annual state holiday in Massachusetts.  In doing so, Governor Baker stated that this designation would help “recognize the continued need to ensure racial freedom and equality.”  This designation also creates new obligations for many retail employers in […]
  • IRS Publishes 4980H(b) Affordability Percentage for 2021
    A quick update for those employers who are preparing for the 2021 plan year and setting the employee contribution $ amount: The IRS published the 4980H(b) affordability percentage for 2021 at 9.83% (an increase from 9.78% in 2020). Remember, this contribution amount is effective for the first day of your 2021 plan year. Meaning, an […]
  • IRS Releases Draft 1094/1095C Forms for 2020
    For those keeping watch, the IRS has released the “Draft as of July 13, 2020” 1094 and 1095C Forms.  While the 1094C has not been changed, the 1095C Form has several changes.  A quick reminder… whether an employer is an Applicable Large Employers (ALE) required to file Forms 1094/1095C is based on its FTE counts […]
  • Employers Must Include FFCRA Paid Leave Wages on Form W-2
    Recent IRS guidance requires that employers who have paid FFCRA qualified sick leave wages or qualified family leave wages must separately state each of these wage amounts either on Form W-2, Box 14, or on a separate statement. This information is needed for any employees who are also self-employed and plan to claim qualified sick […]
  • Protected: Compliance – Client Resources
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  • Protected: Covid-19 Resources
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  • FFCRA Enforcement is Ramping Up: Are You Prepared?
    The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is actively enforcing the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) resulting in payments of thousands of dollars in back wages for those employers found to be out of compliance, and in some cases, reinstatement of employment when employees are wrongfully […]
  • File Form 5500
    As many companies return to work and resume some variation of normal, there are still required compliance deadlines around the corner.  Of course, if you have questions about the applicability of certain requirements to your plan, please contact your life and health account service team.  If you are interested in ETC’s HR compliance support platform, […]
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Model
    U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Health Insurance Marketplace model notices, for employers who do and don’t offer a health plan to some or all employees, expired at the end of May. Employers can still use the expired notices for the time being, as these forms have been temporarily extended for 30 days, and the DOL has not updated its model notice with the temporary […]
  • IRS Assessed $749 Million in 4980H Penalties Against ALEs
    A Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration (TIGTA) report provides new insights into how the IRS is enforcing the employer shared responsibility requirements against Applicable Large Employers. Here are the highlights: As of July 27, 2019, the IRS closed 48,737 cases related to the 2015 and 2016 tax years resulting in assessed 4980H penalties of […]
  • ALEs: Don’t Miss the August 1st Deadline for Reduced Form 1094/1095 Penalties
    Have you checked to make sure you timely filed all Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and met any applicable electronic filing requirements for the 2019 tax year? As a reminder, the deadline for filing forms with the IRS was February 28, 2020, if filing by paper, or March 31, 2020, if filing electronically, and employers filing […]