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Treasury, IRS Issue Final Regs on Employer Shared Responsibility Under ACA for 2015

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued final regulations implementing the employer responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act that take effect in 2015...
February 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations implementing the employer responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect in 2015. In addition, final regulations will be issued shortly that aim to substantially streamline employer reporting requirements for employers that offer highly affordable coverage to all or virtually all of their full-time employees.

How the policy affects employers:

Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees (about 96% of all employers): Under the Affordable Care Act, companies that have fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide coverage or fill out any forms in 2015, or in any year.

Employers with 50 to 99 employees (about 2% of employers): Companies with 50-99 employees that do not yet provide quality, affordable health insurance to their full-time workers will report on their workers and coverage in 2015, but have until 2016 before any employer responsibility payments could apply.

Larger employers with 100 or more employees (about 2% of employers): The overwhelming majority of these companies with 100 or more employees already offer quality coverage. Today’s rules phase in the percentage of full-time workers that employers need to offer coverage to from 70 percent in 2015 to 95 percent in 2016 and beyond. Employers in this category that do not meet these standards will make an employer responsibility payment for 2015.

Treasury and the IRS have issued a fact sheet that more thoroughly explains, across all sizes of employers, the new regulations. It also notes that the “new rules” to enforce the regulations have not yet been drafted. This is an important reference for PIA members as they work with their business clients.

Treasury/IRS Fact Sheet

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