In working with CPAs across the county, we have found that the overwhelming majority have not been aware that in order to perform Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting on forms 1095-B and 1095-B for their clients that they must be HIPAA Compliant. The confusion is understandable, since this likely is the first time they have ever really dealt with Protected Health Information (PHI). Employee benefit brokers typically work with PHI on a daily basis every day, and thus are familiar with the requirements, such as entering into a business associate agreement with your client. However on the whole, we are […] Read more
One of the most common questions we are receiving is regarding the impact to employees filing their own personal taxes now that there has been an extension of time allowing employers and organizations until the end of March 2016 to supply forms 1095-B and 1095-C to their employees. The concern rises when employers consider how employees can complete their normal tax filings without being provided the forms showing their health coverage for the year.
The IRS recently released some guidance to assist us with understanding this topic. In their guidance they have said, “Due to these [ACA reporting] extensions, some individual […] Read more