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Get automated help to understand Affordable Care Act penalties

The Taxpayer Advocate Service website has an automated tool to help you understand how the employer penalties put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) apply to your business. The “estimator” will help you determine how many full-time employees … Continue reading

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Will hiring seasonal workers make you subject to Affordable Care Act penalties?

Generally, having 50 or more employees means you need to provide health insurance or pay a penalty. But what happens when you hire workers who perform labor or services on a seasonal basis – for instance, just for the summer? … Continue reading

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Count employees to avoid ACA penalties

The IRS recently updated a web page explaining how to figure out if you’re an “applicable large employer,” or ALE. If you are, you may have to pay a penalty for not providing health insurance to your employees. For 2016, … Continue reading

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20 million qualify for ACA penalty exemption

According to a Brookings Institution paper on the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 20 million taxpayers who had no health insurance in 2014 will qualify for an exemption from the penalty for failing to have insurance. It’s not known how … Continue reading

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The New Form 1095-A: Reporting Health Insurance Coverage

For the first time, all taxpayers must include information about their health care coverage to the IRS on their 2014 Form 1040. Another year, another tax form or two. 2014 was the first tax year that the Individual Shared Responsibility … Continue reading

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Change in tax treatment of health insurance reimbursements

In the past, you may have chosen to reimburse your employees for health insurance premiums instead of establishing a group health insurance plan. Those payments were typically made as part of an employer payment plan and were generally tax-free. Under … Continue reading

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Health insurance tax credits are good medicine for small businesses

The Affordable Care Act provides a tax incentive for small business owners who pay at least a portion of their employees’ health insurance. This year as much as 50% (up from 35% in 2013) of the employer’s cost for worker … Continue reading

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