In late December 2017, the IRS announced an extension for employer’s providing Affordable Care Act forms to employee’s. As the future of the Affordable Care Act is still undecided, employers should be proactive in distributing and communicating information to the workforce.
Below are 4 updates for the ACA:
- Extension: The IRS extended the date to March 2, 2018 to distribute the 2017 forms to employees. This is a 30-day extension to the regularly scheduled date of late January 2018.
- Penalty: “The IRS, which announced the extension December 22 in Notice 2018-06, also said it will not impose penalties on employers that can show that they made good-faith efforts to comply with the Affordable Car Act’s (ACA’s) information reporting requirements for plan year 2017.”
Information Reporting Requirements for Plan Year 2017
- IRS Filing Deadline: The due dates for filing 2017 returns with the IRS is not extended. The due dates to file information returns with the IRS remain; February 28 paper filers and April 2 electronic filers.
- The Future and Beyond: “Although this is the third year that the IRS has granted transition relief for reporting, the notice states significantly that the IRS does not anticipate granting transition relief for 2018 or future years,” Jost pointed out. “This statement highlights the fact that, although the individual mandate penalty is repealed as of 2019, the reporting requirements that support it, as well as the employer mandate, remain in effect.”
As leader’s, we must be proactive in approaching the Affordable Care Act’s current and future legislation. As the individual mandate penalty is repealed, the healthcare law is still the law of the land, for now. Continue to watch for more changes in 2018 and 2019. The ACA is complex, seek guidance if you are unclear on a path-forward.
Below is a link to the NYS Paid Family Leave Resources: