USCIS Issues Form I-9 Scam Alert

Employers Not Required to Submit I-9s to USCIS The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued an alert warning of scam emails that appear to come from USCIS and ask employers for Form I-9 information. The alert advises that employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS. According to the alert, the scam emails […]

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Reminder: Second Transitional Reinsurance Program Payment Due Nov. 15

Final Payment Due for Contributing Entities That Opted for Two-Part Contribution The second transitional reinsurance contribution payment for the 2016 benefit year is due November 15, 2017 for issuers and certain self-insured group health plans (referred to as “contributing entities”) that did not previously pay the entire 2016 benefit year contribution in one payment. The contributions are part of […]

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CA: Mountain View, Richmond, and Santa Clara Minimum Wages to Rise in 2018

New Rates Effective January 1, 2018 The California cities of Mountain View, Richmond, and Santa Clara will raise their respective minimum wage rates for 2018. Mountain View On January 1, 2018, the Mountain View minimum wage will rise to $15.00 per hour (from $13.00 per hour) for eligible employees. Covered employees are entitled to these rights regardless of immigration status. An employer may not use […]

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HHS Proposes Allowing Brokers to Further Aid 2018 SHOP Enrollment

SHOPs Can Begin Relying on the Proposed Rule The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule to provide states with greater flexibility in the operation and establishment of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange. Among other items, the rule proposes allowing employers to directly enroll in SHOP coverage […]

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IRS Video Promotes Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

Eligible Employers Allowed to Reclassify Workers The IRS has released a video highlighting features of its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program. The program allows eligible employers to reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods, with partial relief from federal employment taxes. To be eligible for the program, an employer must: Have consistently treated the workers to be […]

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Maggie-Mae Laufman and the SCV Business Marketing Group Raise Thousands for Non-profit!

Last night, Team ARIS’s own Maggie-Mae Laufman, and the SCV Business Marketing Group raised thousands for the Live Your Dream Awards, a program of the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita. “I feel very honored to not only be a member of Soroptimist, but to have been able to have orchestrated an event that showcased […]

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Eight States Extend 2018 Open Enrollment Deadlines

Federal Open Enrollment Deadline Remains December 15 Open enrollment for 2018 coverage in both the federal and state Health Insurance Marketplaces began on November 1 for individuals and families. However, the following state-based Marketplaces have open enrollment periods that extend past the federal Marketplace’s December 15 deadline for enrollment: California: Covered California’s open enrollment period […]

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Congratulations To Our Marketing Director, Elite Magazine’s Ultimate Female Rising Star!

Our very own Maggie-Mae Laufman won Elite Magazine’s Ultimate Ladies In Business Award for 2017, amongst Santa Clarita’s premiere Women In Business! She came home with the title of the Ultimate Female Rising Star, and we are so proud of her accomplishments!

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IRS Releases New Guidance on QSEHRAs

Notice & Other Requirements Clarified The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released guidance further clarifying the rules regulating qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs). QSEHRAs—which are health reimbursement arrangements exemptfrom the Affordable Care Act’s market reforms—may be offered by employers with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees that do not offer a group health plan to […]

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IRS Highlights 7 Resources for Small Businesses

Business Owners Have Access to Helpful Tax Resources The Internal Revenue Service is reminding small business owners of the following helpful resources: The Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center contains information for small businesses with assets under $10 million. The IRS Tax Calendar for Businesses and Self-Employed includes monthly tax due dates and actions. Users can subscribe to calendar […]

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