The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law on December 13, 2016, includes good news for small businesses that have been prohibited in recent years from providing their employees with HRAs. Specifically, beginning January 1, 2017, qualified small employers can use HRAs to reimburse employees who purchase individual insurance coverage, rather than providing employees with costly group health plans. This article explains why small employers were unable to offer “standalone” HRAs to employees and details the new QSEHRAs.
The IRS has again extended the deadline for employers subject to the ACA’s information reporting requirements to meet their obligations to employees, but only by 30 days, from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017. And the deadline for filing the required information reporting forms with the IRS has not been extended. This article explains the ACA’s information reporting requirements and the deadline extension, as well as some penalty relief that’s available.