Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgApril 10, 2015 / Issue No. 02-15
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HR Training
Save The Date: Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference Set for Oct. 7-9 in St. Louis, MO
AGC to Host Webinars on E-Verify & Form I-9 Compliance April 28 & 29
Labor Relations
How to Prepare for New “Quickie Election” Rule Covered at AGC Convention
Building Trades President McGarvey Shares Views and Priorities at AGC Convention
NLRB Issues Guidance Concerning Employee Rules
Wages & Benefits
Labor Department Publishes Videos on Davis-Bacon Wage Survey Process and Form, Plans More Survey Briefings
IRS Releases Final Instructions, Forms for Employer Information Reporting Requirements Under Health Care Law
Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Questions Answered
AGC Submits Comments on Multiemployer Pension Reform Implementation
Supreme Court Questions Employer's Light Duty Policy in Pregnancy Discrimination Case
Definition of Spouse Expanded Under FMLA, Halted in Four States by Federal Judge
OFCCP Creates LGBT Resources for Federal Contractors
IRS Releases Final Instructions, Forms for Employer Information Reporting Requirements Under Health Care Law

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released final instructions and tax forms for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting requirements for employers and health insurers under Internal Revenue Code sections 6055 (Forms 1094-B and 1095-B) and 6056 (Forms 1094-C and 1095-C). The agencies also released final transmission forms that will be used to submit the information to the IRS. The IRS initially released the draft tax forms on July 24, 2014, and the draft instructions on August 28, 2014. The final forms and instructions are largely consistent with draft forms and instructions released last summer. Instructions for electronic filing of the information returns are under development. Employers who file at least 250 forms annually are required to file electronically.

Instructions for section 6056 state that employers must provide information to the IRS and employees about coverage that employers offer to employees. Section 6055 requires employers who offer self-insured plans and insurers to report to the IRS information on individuals enrolled in coverage, including employee and dependent Social Security numbers. However, the final instructions for forms 1094-B and 1095-B clarify that health insurers may provide taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) for covered individuals who do not have Social Security numbers. The information reporting requirements generally apply to large employers under the ACA, i.e. employers with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees.

Employers must collect information about the coverage period beginning January 1, 2015, the effective date of the employer mandate. Information returns will be filed for the first time in 2016. The final regulations apply the same filing schedule used for Forms W-2 and 1099 to the section 6055 and 6056 reporting. The rules provide that section 6055 and 6056 returns must be filed annually with the IRS by March 31 if filing electronically (or by February 28 otherwise) of the year immediately following the calendar year to which the return relates. Statements to employees must be provided annually by January 31.

Editor’s Note: The content of this article was contributed by Heather Meade, Sarah Egge and Daniel Esquibel of Ernst & Young’s Washington Council EY Practice (WCEY).   This information should not be relied upon as legal or tax advice. 

For additional ACA resources and information, visit AGC’s Affordable Care Act webpage.
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