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IRS Reduces 2018 HSA Contribution Limit

On March 5, 2018, the IRS announced a reduction in the amount that an individual with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) can contribute to a health savings account (“HSA”) for 2018. The lowering of...more

IRS Reduces 2018 Health Savings Account Limit for Family Coverage

On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-18, which, among other things, adjusts downward the 2018 total contribution limit to health savings accounts (HSAs) for individuals enrolled in family coverage. In...more

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

by Ruder Ware on

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits). Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Omnibus Wrap-up: On Thursday, Appropriations Subcommittees had to report any unresolved issues up to the Full Committee and while the work largely appears to be done,...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #14

Completing their last convening before Crossover Day on Wednesday, the House and Senate dispensed with long calendars today. Although the House considered 24 measures and the Senate considered 29, the mood under the Gold Dome...more

Congress Kicks the Can Down the Road Again – Cadillac Tax On High Cost Employer Health Coverage Delayed to 2022

by Snell & Wilmer on

Section 4980I, which was added to the Internal Revenue Code by the Affordable Care Act, was originally supposed to take effect in 2018. This tax is commonly called the “Cadillac tax” because it imposes a 40% excise tax on...more

Approaching Deadlines for Affordable Care Act Reporting

by Snell & Wilmer on

As we recently reported in our “2017 End of the Year Plan Sponsor To Do List,” applicable large employers must continue to submit to the IRS and to employees information regarding offers of health coverage made to full-time...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

Practical Insights On DOL Guidance Affecting Retirement, Medical And Disability Plans

by Carlton Fields on

On January 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that regulations it previously proposed will apply to certain retirement and medical disability claims filed after April 1. This article focuses on a few practical...more

2018 Budget Deal Delays Several Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 195 (hereinafter referred to as the “2018 Budget Deal”) which ended the federal government shutdown and funds the federal government through February 8, 2018. In...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Implications for Health and Welfare Plans and Fringe Benefits

by Snell & Wilmer on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”) was signed into law, and it has various implications for employers who sponsor employee benefit plans. This newsletter focuses on the provisions in the Act that...more

Government Shutdown Pushes Back Cadillac Tax

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 22, 2018, Congress passed an interim funding bill to end the three-day government shutdown that also pushed back the effective date of the Affordable Care Act’s controversial “Cadillac Tax.”...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), which imposes a new excise tax on certain tax-exempt organizations for compensation paid to their covered employees in excess...more

A Game Plan for Employers Facing Possible ACA Penalties

by Carlton Fields on

All employers are at risk of receiving a notice from the IRS that they are liable for a penalty under the Affordable Care Act for failing to offer enough employees insurance coverage, or for failing to offer particular...more

Fringe Benefits: What Tax Reform Means to the Employer

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The new tax reform legislation includes important changes to the tax treatment of employer-sponsored benefit programs, including transportation benefit programs and moving expense reimbursements. The law also creates a new...more

2018 Limits Announced for Benefits and Other Tax Provisions

Members of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Tax and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practices have outlined the recently announced 2018 dollar limits on the Social Security Wage Base, compensation and deferrals for...more

UPCOMING DEADLINES: (1) Form W-2 Reporting Of Employer-Provided Health Coverage; And (2) Medicare Part D Notices To CMS

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Unless subject to an exemption, employers must report the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored health coverage provided in 2017 on their employees’ Form W-2 (Code DD in Box 12) issued in January 2018. Please see IRS Notice...more

Thank You IRS - Extensions for This Year’s ACA Tax Reporting

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The “Bottom Line” - Employers will have until March 2, 2018 to furnish Form 1095-C (“Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage”) to employees.,,...more

Labor Department Initiative Could Permit Gig Workers To Obtain Healthcare Benefits

by Fisher Phillips on

Among my list of “must-read” workplace law summaries is the weekly “Punching In” column put out by Chris Opfer and Ben Penn over at Bloomberg Law’s Labor and Employment Blog every Monday morning. This week’s edition contains...more

ERISA Newsletter - Fourth Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - For over two decades, federal law has required covered health plans and insurers to ensure that certain mental health benefits are in parity with offered medical/surgical benefits. The meaning of...more

Issue 116: Due Date Extended For Employers To Provide Reports To Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and sixteenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

Focus on ERISA - Tax Reform Includes Benefits and Compensation Provisions

by Dechert LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the tax reform bill, informally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), was signed by President Trump. As we noted in our prior OnPoint (available here) with respect to earlier versions of the...more

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As it did last year, the IRS has extended the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals by 30 days. This reprieve will allow employers, health insurers, and other plan sponsors to distribute the forms on...more

New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

IRS Letter 226J: The Million-Dollar Letter (And How To Respond)

by Varnum LLP on

The IRS has recently started sending employers “Letter 226J,” which is a proposed assessment of Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (ESRPs) under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS sends Letter 226J if it determines that...more

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