IRS Offers Guidance to Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods, and Other Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month For September’s National Preparedness Month, the IRS is offering the following guidance to those who may be affected by storms, fires, floods, or other disasters: Create electronic copies of key documents. Keep a duplicate set of key documents (e.g., bank statements and tax returns) in a safe place. Much financial information is […]

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Upcoming ACA Information Reporting Deadlines for Early 2018

Final Forms 1094 and 1095 Not Yet Available Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting requirements are reminded that the 2018 deadlines for reporting coverage provided in calendar year 2017 are currently as follows: Applicable large employers (ALEs)—generally those with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents—must file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS no later […]

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IRS Releases 2017 Draft Instructions for Forms 1094 and 1095

Final Instructions to be Released Later The IRS has released the 2017 Draft Instructions for Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C to help employers and insurers prepare for calendar year 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting. Employers and insurers will use the final versions of the forms and instructions in early 2018 to report […]

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Reminder: Medicare Part D Notice Due Before October 15

Model Notices Available Online In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers sponsoring group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable (i.e., that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage). Written Disclosure to […]

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Employee Spotlight: Maggie-Mae Laufman

Our Marketing Director, Maggie-Mae Laufman What’s a secret talent that no one knows about you?  I am a ventriloquist. I can talk with my mouth closed, which is hilarious to hear and watch. Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?  My grandmother Dolores, My Aunt Paige, My […]

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U.S. District Court Strikes Down 2016 Federal Overtime Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2016 overtime rule, which sought to alter the salary level needed for executive, administrative, and professional employees to be deemed exempt from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. While this court ruling is likely to end […]

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Upcoming EEO-1 Report Will Not Contain Pay Data Collection

Race, Ethnicity & Gender Reporting Requirement to Remain in Effect The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the upcoming EEO-1 reporting form will not contain pay data collection information. Upcoming EEO-1 Report  In July of 2016, the EEOC changed the EEO-1 reporting form requirements, so that private employers with 100 or more employees and certain federal […]

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DOL and IRS Issue Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Estimated Tax Payment, Retirement Plan & COBRA Relief Granted The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued several forms of relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Highlights of this relief include: Extension for Estimated Tax Payments: Businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey will have until January 31, 2018to make quarterly estimated […]

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Employee Spotlight: Betsy Keesler

Our Benefits Broker, Betsy Keesler What was the best concert you ever attended?  Pat Benetar What are you currently watching on Netflix?  Call The Midwife, The 4400, Orange Is The New Black, and The Crown If you could go anywhere in the world that you’ve never been, where would you go?  England, Ireland, and Scotland […]

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IRS Warns of New Phishing Scam

Ransomware Scheme Impersonates IRS and FBI The IRS has issued an urgent warning about a new email phishing scheme that uses IRS and FBI emblems to entice users into clicking a link to download a fake FBI questionnaire. The link downloads ransomware, which prevents users from accessing data from their devices unless they pay the […]

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