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Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

HHS and IRS Release Updates on the SHOP Marketplace, Fees, Taxes, and Payment Parameters

Before departing for the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama administration released several new regulatory announcements and guidance relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new guidance delays...more

Tax Law Blog: Medicare Taxes on High Earners

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) which imposes greater Medicare taxes on high earners began in 2013. Originally, Medicare taxes for employees were 1.45% regardless of wages earned. Employers were required...more

Reminder: Employers Subject to Additional Medicare Tax Withholding & Reporting Requirements, Effective 1/1/2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) increased the employee portion of the Medicare tax on wages received on or after January 1, 2013 by 0.9% of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) wages which are...more

Health Care Reform Update - What employers should be doing now.

Although many of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were already in effect, the pace of change has quickened since the Supreme Court upheld the law in June of 2012. The law is composed of...more

Employer Compliance in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act

Having survived the election and a Supreme Court challenge (for the most part), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay. Employers should evaluate the requirements under ACA that apply to their group health plans for...more

What To Expect From The Affordable Care Act In 2013

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This legislation, along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, makes...more

McNees Insights - Asset Planning and Federal Taxation - Winter 2013

2012 Tax Act - The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on January 1, 2013 to avert the tax law changes that were one part of the “fiscal cliff” facing our country’s economy (the other...more

Government Agencies Provide Guidance on Taxes and Fees under the Affordable Care Act

In regulations and other pronouncements issued toward the end of 2012, the government has provided further details on new taxes and fees introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

FICA Tax “Holiday” Ends With 2012, and Social Security and Medicare Contributions Increase For Some Employees

On January 1, 2013, Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the bill designed to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Act, which President Obama signed into law yesterday, extended certain tax relief...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Additional Medicare Tax Withholding Required in 2013

The IRS recently issued guidance for employers on withholding the Additional Medicare Tax required under the Affordable Care Act starting in 2013...more

What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform for 2013

As the end of 2012 approaches, we consider what a notable year it has been for the future of healthcare reform, starting with the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of the Patient Protection and...more

2013 Brings New Taxes to High Income Taxpayers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”) comes with two new taxes for higher income taxpayers beginning on January 1, 2013: (i) a 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on net investment...more

2013 and 2014 under the Affordable Care Act

With the close of 2012 approaching fast, employers should consider the following checklist of items as the nation moves ahead with compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Effective in 2013: The following list...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items, Upcoming Changes, New Guidance

As 2012 closes, group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2012 tasks, implementing upcoming 2013 changes, and preparing for the full impact of ACA in 2014. As 2012 draws to an end, employers pass...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - December 12, 2012

As the year’s end approaches, the Hill is a flurry of activity with representatives from various health groups trying to ensure that whatever solution Congress finds to the fiscal cliff problems does not negatively affect...more

IRS Releases Guidance For Employers and Others on the 2013 Medicare Taxes under the Affordable Care Act

On November 30, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released proposed regulations and two sets of frequently asked questions implementing two new Medicare taxes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

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