The Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010 and employer compliance requirements began in the 2015 tax year, yet many employers have yet to comply. Are you one of those employers with your head in the sand? Many employers have been, and continue to be in denial that the IRS will enforce the mandate of the ACA for employers to offer compliant, affordable health insurance to their qualified employees.
In 2016, after the election of Donald Trump as President and seeing a Republican controlled Senate and House of Representatives, employers were lulled into complacency and used the political rhetoric of the day and health insurance instability to justify their inaction. The Executive Order signed by President Trump muddied the compliance field further as did the many repeal & replace legislative activities. As a result, many employers are still not in compliance with the ACA. Each day, employers are coming to the realization that compliance is no longer optional.
As far back as January of 2017, it was clear that the ACA penalties were coming and could reach $31 billion per year. If you are one of the employers who believed that they could avoid compliance, think again. You need to file; the penalties are coming. We have helped several employers deal with penalties for not