GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With tax reporting deadlines rapidly approaching, Greatland is reminding all businesses that its suite of Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting capabilities includes free tools, checklists and guidelines that make compliance less complicated. While there has been much speculation, ACA reporting is still required this year and companies will be expected to comply or risk high penalties.
"Even though we are in our second year of ACA reporting, businesses continue to struggle to understand the rules and deadlines associated with the Affordable Care Act," said Greatland CEO Bob Nault. "Greatland's team of experts understand the regulations and can provide the filing features and help necessary to ensure reporting is completed on time and businesses remain in compliance."
ACA Code Generator
One of the largest areas of confusion for businesses is the completion of Lines 14-16 on Form 1095-C, the form used to provide employees with information about their medical benefits. This section has proven to be so unclear that many businesses pay high fees to have a third party calculate the required codes for them. Greatland's team of ACA compliance experts created a free ACA Code Generator tool to help demystify the process, allowing businesses to complete this critical step on their own. Simply answer a few questions and this tool will guide you towards the correct codes to enter in Lines 14-16 of Form 1095-C.
Who Needs to File?
Similar to last year, employers with 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees) and all self-insured employers regardless of size must report healthcare coverage information to employees and the IRS.
Full-time employees are those who worked an average of 30 hours or more per week for more than 120 days in a year. Using this guideline, you may have less than 50 full-time employees, but meet the requirements for ACA reporting. Healthcare.gov offers assistance, including a Full-time Equivalent Employee Calculator, to help determine filing needs.
When to File
The IRS has issued a 30-day extension for employers and issuers to provide individuals with forms reporting on offers of health coverage and coverage provided. The due dates for 1095-B and 1095-C deadlines are as follows: February 28, 2017 for paper 1095 forms filed to the IRS, March 2, 2017 for 1095 copies to be sent to recipients and employees and March 31, 2017 to e-file 1095 forms to the IRS.
If you are an insurance company or business that is required to report healthcare coverage, you will need to file one of two form types to the federal government. Both paper and e-file are acceptable filing methods, with the e-file threshold being 250 forms.
- 1095-B – The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6055 outlines the requirements for 1095-B reporting. Form 1095-B must be issued by the insurance company (or self-insured employer) to the individual and the IRS as proof of coverage. Form 1094-B is the related transmittal sent to the IRS.
- 1095-C – IRC Section 6056 defines the reporting requirements for large employers (50 or more full-time employees including full-time equivalent employees) to provide their employees with documentation outlining any applicable offer of health coverage. Form 1095-C is a statement issued by employers with 50 or more full time employees (including FTEs) to employees and the IRS. Form 1094-C is the related transmittal sent to the IRS.
Forms 1095-B and C require some or all of the following data: employer ID numbers (EIN), taxpayer identification numbers (TIN) of employees/recipients and their dependents, addresses, and months of coverage. There are no state reporting requirements associated with the 1095-B or 1095-C.
To learn more about Greatland's ACA reporting services and tools, visit: aca.greatland.com.
Greatland (www.greatland.com) is the W-2 and 1099 specialist, focused on providing information, products, and solutions for small to mid-size businesses and accountants. Greatland helps customers navigate annual reporting changes, including extensive expertise about ACA reporting. Through Greatland's subsidiaries – Greatland, Nelco, and Broker Forms – the company offers an extensive array of specialized products for businesses: W-2 forms, 1099 forms, 1095 forms, business checks, presentation materials, income tax preparation supplies, and mortgage forms. Greatland also offers Yearli, a comprehensive W-2, 1099, and 1095 reporting software and online filing platform. Greatland is an employee-owned company with locations in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Green Bay, Wis. Greatland has an extensive W-2 & 1099 fact center located on its website with answers to many of the top filing questions. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter: @GreatlandCorp
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