Category Archives: IRS

The 2017 Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee

By | ACA, Affordable Care Act, HRA, IRS, Obamacare, PCORI, PPACA | No Comments
It’s that time of year again. The Affordable Care Act imposes an annual fee called the Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee (CERF) on insurers and plan sponsors of self-insured coverage to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The fee is based on the average covered lives for the applicable plan year. IRS Notice 2016 ... Read More

Tax Treatment of Voluntary Fixed Indemnity Health Benefits

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Last week, the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel released a Memorandum announcing that benefits paid under a fixed indemnity health benefit program that is either funded by the employer, or funded by employees through contributions made on a pre-tax basis, are included in the employee’s gross income as taxable wages. This would require the employer ... Read More

ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee Filing Deadline Approaching

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This is an early reminder that employers with insured plans/HRA arrangements are required to report and pay the 2015 ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees for the HRA plan no later than July 31, 2016. The IRS has adjusted the ACA fee amount for this year to $2.17 per insured life. As in previous years, employers must repo ... Read More

IRS Releases 2017 Health Savings Account Limits

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued new guidelines for contributions and out-of-pocket expenses (OOPs) for health savings account (HSA) limits in 2017. Maximum OOPs for individual and family accounts tied to high-deductible plans will not change in 2017, and contributions will remain intact for family plans as well. Individu ... Read More