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By Kara Krawzik on April 10, 2019 at 11:20 AM

The word "penalty" spelled out with wooden blocksRecently, the IRS has been issuing 226J letters for the 2016 tax year. IRS Letter 226J is the penalty letter sent to employers who did not comply with the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in their offers of health coverage to employees. Frequently these penalties can be in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. However, with the advice of counsel, you may be able to reduce, if not eliminate, the penalties, and changes can be made to avoid penalties in future years. It is important to note that while the individual mandate has been eliminated effective Jan. 1, 2019, by the current administration, the employer mandate still applies.

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By Jeffrey Herman, Kara Krawzik on November 27, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Word "penalty" spelled out with wooden blocks and additional wooden blocks with letters on it surrounding the wordFor the 2017 tax year, the IRS has made it even more difficult for large employers to avoid penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and major questions remain about how employers can avoid penalties due to missing or incorrect Social Security numbers.

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By Kara Krawzik on September 30, 2016 at 11:15 AM

"New Rules" spelled out with block lettersSince 2015, employers have been subject to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting requirements and penalties. For the 2015 reporting year, the IRS extended the deadlines and gave employers a few extra months to provide these forms to their employees and to file them with the IRS. However, this transition relief was not extended to the 2017 deadlines for the 2016 reporting year. As a result, reporting deadlines for filings in 2017 are months earlier as compared to 2016.

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By Kara Krawzik on May 27, 2016 at 8:54 AM

SCOTUS punts on contraceptive accommodation question with remand On May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate as applied to nonprofit religious organizations.

In Zubik v. Burwell (2016 WL 2842449, U.S., No. 14-1418, 5/16/16), the court sent back to the lower courts seven decisions that held that the ACA’s accommodation for nonprofit religious organizations did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) or the First Amendment. 

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