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Ordinary Employee Benefits Issues That Can Cause Extraordinary Problems in M&A Deals

Employee benefits rarely drive corporate transactions, but if the benefits of a target company are not reviewed carefully, they can sometimes derail the transaction.  Even some of the most routine facets of benefit plan administration can result in significant potential financial exposure (e.g., additional employer contributions, taxes, penalties, and fees as well as fees associated with the preparation and filing of IRS and DOL correction program applications) that could negatively affect the overall value of the target company. By identifying issues early in the transaction, the seller can prevent costly purchase price reductions and identify issues that need correction, while the buyer can avoid overpaying for a target and ensure that representation and warranty insurance will be available to cover potential claims. Some of those routine compliance issues include, but are not limited to, the following: Failing to timely file an annual Form 5500.  The DOL can assess a penalty… Continue Reading

Last Year for Leniency on Forms 1095-C

In keeping with prior years, the IRS has extended the due date for providing the 2020 Forms 1095-B and C to individuals until March 2, 2021. These forms are required for compliance with the Affordable Care Act (?Ç£ACA?Ç¥). In Notice 2020-76, the IRS also extended the good-faith transition relief for penalties related to incomplete or incorrect Forms 1095-B and C to 2020. Notice 2020-76 also states that this is the last year for which the IRS intends to provide this type of good-faith relief. This relief was especially helpful for employers who received ACA employer penalty notices and determined that the penalty notices were related to reporting errors on their Form 1095-C. Employers should thus ensure that all software errors and glitches that resulted in incorrect coding on Forms 1095-C are resolved before the 2021 reporting is due. Notice 2020-76 is available here.

IRS Releases Draft 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095

On July 13, 2016, the IRS released drafts of the 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095 used to satisfy the Affordable Care Act?ÇÖs employer shared responsibility and individual mandate provisions under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056. The accompanying draft instructions for completing the forms were not released, but we expect them to be published by the end of August. The forms themselves have not substantively changed. The instructions for recipients of Form 1095-C (attached as part of draft Form 1095-C itself) include some subtle changes to offers of coverage reported by employers in Form 1095-C, Part II, Line #14, as the IRS indicated earlier this year. 1I ?Çô In 2015, this code reflected an employer?ÇÖs use of the 2015 Qualifying Offer Transition Relief. This code is ?Ç£reserved?Ç¥ and will be unused in 2016. 1J and 1K ?Çô These new codes reflect conditional offers made to spouses. The draft instructions… Continue Reading

IRS Releases Draft Instructions for ACA Reporting Forms

The IRS has released the following draft instruction forms for employers and insurers to use to report certain health coverage information required by the ACA: Instructions for Forms 1094-B (Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns) and 1095-B (Health Coverage), which are available here; and Instructions for Forms 1094-C (Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage), which are available here.

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