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Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Nov 9, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Though employers are not required to educate employees about their individual responsibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is helpful to know about the individual mandate.

The individual responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate) became effective for most people as of January 1, 2014. Under the individual mandate, most people residing in the U.S. are required to have minimum essential coverage or they must pay a penalty. Many individuals will be eligible for financial assistance through premium tax credits (also known as premium subsidies) to help them purchase coverage if they buy coverage through the health insurance Marketplace (also known as the Exchange).

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Topics: ACA, PPACA, Individual mandate, minimum essential coverage, Danielle Capilla, Affordable Care Act

IRS Releases Draft 2015 Forms for 6055/6056 Reporting

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Jul 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Health insurance taxesBackground

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals are required to have health insurance while applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees.

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Topics: PPACA Affordable Care Act, 6055 Reporting, 6056 Reporting, Play or Pay, Individual mandate, employer shared responsibility, Danielle Capilla

IRS Releases Information and Forms for Satisfying the Individual Mandate and Claiming 2014 Premium Tax Credits

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Feb 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Although employers are not required to offer coverage during 2014, individuals are generally required to have health coverage during 2014 and must report on that coverage through their 2014 federal income tax return. In many cases, the employee will be able to simply state through a “yes/no” question on their federal income tax form that all individuals claimed on the tax form had minimum essential coverage during all of 2014. Individuals will not be required to attach proof of coverage, and employers and insurers are not required to supply proof of coverage provided during 2014. Individuals may wish to maintain evidence of coverage (such as pay stubs showing deductions for premiums or explanations of benefits) in case they are audited, but this is not required.

Individuals who did not have the needed coverage for the entire year, or who are claiming an exemption from the individual mandate, must use Form 8965 to claim an exemption or determine their penalty (which is determined on a month-by-month basis). The penalty for failing to have coverage in 2014 is the greater of 1% of income and $95 per person or $295 per family.

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Topics: IRS, 2014 premium tax credits, Individual mandate