JUDGE RULES ACA INVALID – WHITE HOUSE SAYS LAW REMAINS IN PLACE
On Friday, December 14, Judge Reed O’Connor, a Texas federal district court judge, issued a decision in Texas v. Azar, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate and, with it, the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). The judge concluded that, since Congress has eliminated the fine for not complying with the individual mandate, the mandate is no longer permissible under Congress’s taxing power and is thus unconstitutional. Because the individual mandate is “essential” to and inseverable from the ACA, the judge declares, the entire law is invalid.
Judge O’Connor, who sits in the Northern District of Texas, does not enjoin the ACA. This means that the law’s provisions remain in effect in all 50 states and DC. The decision is likely to be stayed and appealed quickly to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (pending resolution of some potential procedural issues) and presumably the Supreme Court of the United States.
The ruling will have NO IMPACT ON TAX YEAR 2018 EMPLOYER REQUIREMENTS for the foreseeable future. The White House issued a statement shortly after the judge’s ruling that stated, “We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.” So, employers should consider things “business as usual”, and stay on the path for Tax Year 2018 ACA Compliance to avoid any IRS penalties.
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BENEFITSCAPE CONTINUES ASSISTING EMPLOYERS WITH ACA COMPLIANCE
BenefitScape is continuing to accept new clients for Tax Year 2018, and we will continue to assist clients up to the deadline and beyond!Our ACATech platform is Smart, Fast, and Secure, enabling us to be more Agile and Responsive than any provider in the market while delivering unsurpassed quality.
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REMINDER: IRS Extends Deadline for ACA Form 1095 Until March 4, 2019
BenefitScape and the IRS are encouraging employers to issue employees their 1095-C forms prior to January 31 if they can, but the extension to March 4 provides some relief for those who need it. Here are some important dates to keep in mind.
December 17 – January 15, 2019 – Payroll and HR Data for 2018 should be final and available. If Carrier data is required, it’s available but may take longer to receive. The earlier we can get the data, the easier it is for all of us.
Mar 4, 2019 - Forms 1095-B/C are due to recipients/employees.
Apr 1, 2019 - Electronic Filing of 1094-C & 1095-C is due to IRS.