The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent out a belated Christmas present to employers and other plan sponsors on December 28th when it announced it was delaying the 2016 Affordable Care Act reporting requirements. In Notice 2016-4, the IRS announced that the deadline for providing to individuals the 2015 Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C is delayed from February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Similarly, the deadline for filing with the IRS Forms 1094-B and 1094-C is delayed from February 29 to May 31, 2016 for non-electronic filers and from March 31 to June 30, 2016 for electronic filers.
These requirements are related to defined “Large Employers” in 2015, those with 100 or more employees. “Medium Employers“, those with 51 to 99 employees, will meet the law’s requirements for the first time in 2016, and provide the noted documents to employees and the IRS in early 2017. “Small Employers“, those with less than 50 employees, are not subject to these requirements at this time.
Because of the delay, some employees will not receive their forms until after the April 15 tax filing deadline. The IRS indicates that these employees do not have to file an amended tax return. Employers should simply keep their forms in a file should they need them later.
Should you have any questions about this extension or anything else, please contact your Professional Agent or Underwriter here at Morris & Reynolds Insurance and we will be most happy to help.
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