Prepare for IRS Reporting Season: Don’t Fear the Forms!

The beginning of a new year brings us many challenges, opportunities, and lots to celebrate. As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead – and our groups’ compliance responsibilities that occur at the beginning of a new year.

Employers considered Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) in the 2018 tax year must report on the coverage they offered (or did not offer) to eligible Full Time (FT) employees and their dependents in 2018; they must use IRS Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate.

Non-ALE employers that sponsored self-insured coverage in 2018 must also report on the coverage offered to eligible FT employees using IRS Forms 1094-B and 1095-B.

Due dates for these forms vary throughout the first quarter of the year. The first date to be aware of is January 31, 2019, when reporting employers must distribute IRS Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to covered individuals/employees.

All forms are due to the IRS on or before February 28th or April 1st, 2019, depending on how the employer is submitting the forms to the IRS (by mail or electronically). Reference Word & Brown’s 2018 Employer Reporting Requirements and Deadlines piece for information on employer reporting responsibilities and deadlines for the 2018 tax year (due in early 2019). Reference Word & Brown’s Employer Reporting Responsibilities: 2018 Tax Year Penalty Amounts to learn more about penalties associated with the ACA’s employer reporting responsibilities for the 2018 tax year.

If you and your clients are feeling anxious about the upcoming reporting responsibilities and all they entail, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered! We at Word & Brown are hosting a series of webinars that explains the IRS reporting process in detail, in a language you and your clients understand.

Our webinars are designed for both brokers and employers, but will be delivered in a format that speaks directly to employers. As their health insurance broker, you can invite your clients to attend these webinars on your behalf, free, because you are a Word & Brown broker. We’ll go through the ins and outs of reporting, and will share ample resources to help aid employers with their reporting responsibilities – even a recommended sequence for completion.

You’ll be your clients’ hero for inviting them to the session(s) and demonstrating your commitment to keeping them informed and in compliance, and your clients will be prepared and ready for their 2018 ACA reporting in 2019.

Our webinars are hosted by Barbara Lewman, our in-house ACA-master, expert educator, industry veteran, and Director of Compliance, with more than 31 years of experience in the health insurance industry.

Check out our Word & Brown IRS Reporting: Don’t Fear the Forms website for more information and registration details. We are looking forward to helping you and your clients with ACA reporting – and much more – in the year ahead.

Cheers to another year and wonderful holiday season!

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