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Payroll Legal Alert

Are health deductions required deductions for garnishment? And must we tax employees who are paid to forgo health benefits?

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First, the Department of Health and Human Services created a minimum value calculator that omitted inpatient hospitalization services. Oops. Then, the IRS issued guidance that concluded that in order to provide minimum value, group health plans must cover substantial inpatient hospitalization and physician services, or both. Proposed regulations were promised, which the IRS has now released. The regs also provide a detailed effective date.

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The IRS has released the final 2015 health care information reporting forms, Forms 1095-C/1095-B; the transmittals, Forms 1094-C/1094-B; and the instructions. The IRS has also issued a notice that cuts some slack to self-insured employers that don’t have employees’ dependents’ Social Security numbers by the time they need to complete Forms 1095-C/1095-B.

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If you filed at least 250 W-2s for 2014, you must report the aggregate cost of employees’ health benefits on their 2015 W-2s in Box 12 with Code DD; reporting on Form W-3 isn’t necessary. This chart lists health benefits and whether you must report them. The IRS has clarified that even if a benefit isn’t reportable, you may voluntarily report it.

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The mailbag this month holds questions about FICA and a quirk in the 2016 calendar.

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Changing the due dates for C corps, S corps and partnerships to file business tax returns is included as a revenue-raising measure in the Surface Trans­­por­­ta­­tion and Veterans Health Care Choice Improve­­ment Act of 2015.

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If you think you’re going to breeze through a wage and hour investigation, think again. Success is all in the preparation.

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Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

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Under proposed, temporary and final regulations, you no longer will be able to request an initial automatic 30-day extension of time to file Forms W-2/W-3 with the Social Security Administration or an additional for-cause 30-day extension, for a total of 60 days.

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You offer them health care, dental care, vision care and retirement benefits. Well, so does everyone else. If you want your company to really shine, HR needs to get creative.

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