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Straight From The Source Blog by Higginbotham Insurance


ACA Filing and Medicare Creditable Coverage Deadlines Approaching

February 20 , 2018

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February HR News Worth Review

February 12 , 2018

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IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Withholding

Starting Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables in Notice 1036 on Jan. 9, 2018. 

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Congress's continuing resolution impacts certain ACA taxes

January 24 , 2018

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On Jan. 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a short-term continuing resolution to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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January HR News Worth Review

January 10 , 2018

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New Tax Law Changes for Employee Benefits, Including Paid Family Leave

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act).The Act makes significant changes to the federal Internal Revenue Code (Code), including changes that impact employee benefits.

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Tax Reform, the Individual Mandate and ACA Reporting Delay

December 29 , 2017

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December HR News Worth Review

December 08 , 2017

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Update on Overtime Rule

Last May, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new rule that would affect who qualifies for overtime. Since then, the rule has been blocked and is currently being appealed by the DOL.

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IRS issues guidance on forthcoming potential employer mandate penalties

November 16 , 2017

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Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include information on enforcement. Specifically, these Q&As provide guidance on:

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November HR News Worth Review

November 06 , 2017

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Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2018

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a dollar limit on employees’ salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans. This dollar limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments and may be increased each year.

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President Trump's executive orders

October 17 , 2017

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On Oct. 12, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would expand access to association health plans, health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and short-term, limited-duration insurance. It doesn't change existing regulations, but directs federal agencies to consider new regulations or guidance to implement the order’s policies. The executive order directs many agencies, including the Department of Labor, to consider proposing rules or new guidance to loosen current restrictions on what are called “association health plans” and on selling low-cost, short-term insurance. Such rules potentially exempt those plans for a number of ACA requirements.

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Trump administration expands contraceptive mandate exemptions

October 10 , 2017

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Late last week, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued two interim final rules expanding certain exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate. These final rules expand the availability of the religious exemption to include most employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions, and they make the accommodations approach optional for eligible organizations. This guidance, which is effective immediately, significantly expands the number of employers that are eligible for an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate.

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