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Agencies Provide Relief for Group Plans and Donation Programs Affected by Hurricanes/Wildfires | Houston Benefit Advisors
Dec

15

2017

Agencies Provide Relief for Group Plans and Donation Programs Affected by Hurricanes/Wildfires | Houston Benefit Advisors

Guidance for Group Health Plans Impacted by Hurricane Maria and California Wildfires The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a news release to recognize that plan participants and beneficiaries may encounter problems due to Hurricane Maria and the California Wildfires. The DOL advises plan fiduciaries to make reasonable accommodations to prevent workers’ loss of benefits and to take steps to minimize the possibility of individuals losing benefits…

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Employee Benefit Plans and the House Republican Tax Reform Bill | Houston Benefit Advisors
Dec

1

2017

Employee Benefit Plans and the House Republican Tax Reform Bill | Houston Benefit Advisors

On November 2, 2017, House Republicans introduced a tax reform bill (H.R.1-115th Congress) called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that, if passed, would impact multiple aspects of the tax code. Many of these changes relate to employee benefit plans, particularly in relation to certain fringe benefits. Dependent Care Accounts A dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) is a pre-tax benefit account used to pay…

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Latest IRS ACA Round Up (Including 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments) | Houston Benefit Advisors
Nov

20

2017

Latest IRS ACA Round Up (Including 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments) | Houston Benefit Advisors

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the instructions for Forms 1094/1095 for the 2017 tax year, announced PCORI fees for 2017-18, and announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018. The IRS provided additional guidance on leave-based donation programs’ tax treatment and released an information letter on COBRA and Medicare. Here’s a recap of these actions for your reference. IRS Announces Cost-of-Living Adjustments for 2018 The IRS…

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IRS Roundup: What Employers Need to Know about the Latest ACA Notices | Houston Benefit Advisors
Oct

2

2017

IRS Roundup: What Employers Need to Know about the Latest ACA Notices | Houston Benefit Advisors

In spite of the recent efforts by Congress to change or repeal the ACA, its provisions are still in effect. The IRS has issued continuing guidance on the affordability rate for coverage, the employer shared responsibility provisions and reporting, and the individual mandate provision. IRS Released the 2018 Affordability Rate The Internal Revenue Service released its Revenue Procedure 2017-36, which sets the affordability percentage at…

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Discovery for Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Required ERISA Reporting—Form 5500 | Houston Benefit Advisors
Apr

24

2017

Discovery for Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Required ERISA Reporting—Form 5500 | Houston Benefit Advisors

Most companies are fully aware of Form 5500 reporting requirements related to their 401(k) plans, but are less familiar with the Form 5500 reporting requirements for their health and welfare benefit plans. Requirements: Most employer-sponsored health and welfare benefit plans, including, but not limited to, group health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, voluntary worksite benefits (typically, but not always), and health flexible spending account…

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An Employer’s Guide to Navigating the ACA’s Strong Headwinds | Houston Benefit Advisors
Apr

17

2017

An Employer’s Guide to Navigating the ACA’s Strong Headwinds | Houston Benefit Advisors

One might describe the series of events leading to the death of the American Health Care Act (Congress’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act) as something like a ballistic missile exploding at launch. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal debate began nearly a decade ago with former President Barack Obama’s first day in office and reemerged as a serious…

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Cafeteria Plans: Qualifying Events and Changing Employee Elections | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

18

2017

Cafeteria Plans: Qualifying Events and Changing Employee Elections | Houston Benefit Advisors

Cafeteria plans, or plans governed by IRS Code Section 125, allow employers to help employees pay for expenses such as health insurance with pre-tax dollars. Employees are given a choice between a taxable benefit (cash) and two or more specified pre-tax qualified benefits, for example, health insurance. Employees are given the opportunity to select the benefits they want, just like an individual standing in the…

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The IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

15

2017

The IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans | Houston Benefit Advisors

While many Americans will remember January 20, 2017 as the day the 45th President of the United States was sworn into office, employee benefits experts will also remember it as the day the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) released this memorandum that clarifies, among other things, the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity plans. Fixed indemnity plans are generally voluntary benefits employers offer…

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Implications of the 21st Century Cures Act | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

7

2017

Implications of the 21st Century Cures Act | Houston Benefit Advisors

On December 13, 2016, former President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act has numerous components, but employers should be aware of the impact the Act will have on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as well as provisions that will impact how small employers can use health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). There will also be new guidance for…

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Nondiscrimination Rules for Cafeteria Plans
Oct

14

2016

Nondiscrimination Rules for Cafeteria Plans

A cafeteria plan is an employer-provided written plan that offers employees the opportunity to choose between at least one permitted taxable benefit and at least one qualified employee benefit. There is no federal law that requires employers to establish cafeteria plans; however, some states require employers to have cafeteria plans for employees to pay for health insurance on a pre-tax basis.To comply with Internal Revenue…

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