Updated March 12, 2019
Despite the recent Texas ruling declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional, the health law remains in force for US employers. So be sure to:
- File all related IRS forms for 2018 now
- Keep tracking employee eligibility and affordability around health care benefits for 2019
IRS and ACA filing season is now – what do you need to do? We’ve made a checklist list for you:
STEP 1: Organize your data
❏ Make sure to store your 2017 filing data before starting on 2018 so that you have it somewhere in case of an IRS audit at a later time. Some solutions – such as the Integrity Data ACA Solution – have a data retention package you can download.
❏ Gather your 2018 data – if you’ve been doing this all year long – great! If not, this step will take more time…
- You’ll need to prove employee eligibility (or not) for healthcare benefits (make sure you use a consistent measurement method) AND you’ll need to prove affordability based on your least cost health care plan. Confused? Check out our ACA educational resources to get up to speed.
- If you are using the Integrity Data ACA solution, please review this KB article to see what exactly you need to do.
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STEP 2: Use this data to populate your 1095-C
❏ The ACA reporting requirements are burdensome. Getting your 1095-Cs right can be stressful. Integrity Data’s Compliance team, in the trenches since 2012, has put together this primer to help you ensure you have accurate 1095-C forms.
STEP 3: Check your 1095-Cs twice – to avoid any common errors
STEP 4: Send out your forms
❏ 1095-C forms must be sent to employees to by January 31, 2020
❏ Copies of all 1095-C forms along with your 1094-C to the IRS by:
- February 28, 2020 if paper filing
- April 1, 2020 if electronically filing – this is easiest AND required by the mandate if you have over 250 1095-C forms
Still confused? Need urgent help? We’ve got the answers and the services you need before, during and after ACA filing season – contact us today!