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March 28, 2012

HRB 48 - Overview of Final Exchange Regulations

March 28, 2012 -- Last summer, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed regulations relating to the establishment of Exchanges (see On March 27, 2012, HHS published final rules outlining the framework of these Exchanges, as well as eligibility and enrollment standards for qualified health plans (QHP) offered through the Exchanges, and affordability programs, including premium tax credits.

March 25, 2012

Nonprofit Board Governance and Oversight of Form 990 (article)

The Form 990, along with forms associated with it, is the primary reporting tool the IRS uses to obtain information from tax-exempt organizations in order to confirm compliance with rules and regulations and detect abuse. 

March 22, 2012

Exploring Alternative Investments for Tax Exempt Organizations (article)

The lingering effects of a recession are ever so concrete. Donors are not digging deep into their pockets and governments have cut spending to exempt organizations while concurrently increasing scrutiny of their activities. 

March 21, 2012

HRB 47 - 1) Summary of Benefits and Coverage; 2) Women’s Preventive Services Update

March 21, 2012 -- Summary of Benefits and Coverage: Clarifying FAQs Issued

About a month ago, final regulations were issued relating to the summary of benefits and coverage (see CBIZ Health Reform Bulletin, Final Rules: Summary of Benefits and Coverage, 2/10/12).  In an on-going effort to assist in compliance with the health care reform law, the governing agencies (Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury) issued 24Frequently Asked Questions relating to implementation of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”).  The agencies have promised to issue more guidance as it becomes appropriate. 

 

March 7, 2012

Don’t End Up with Egg on Your Face by Eliminating Your Cost Segregation Opportunities (article)

In January, the Tax Court issued an opinion that severely restricted a taxpayer's ability to benefit from a cost segregation study in certain circumstances. 

March 6, 2012

Payroll Tax Holiday Extended…Again

On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-96). This law extends the 2% point payroll tax “holiday” through December 31, 2012.  As a result, for 2012, employees will pay only 4.2% Social Security tax on wages up to $110,100 (wage base for 2012).  The employer rate of 6.2% remains unchanged. 

March 6, 2012

Marriage Recognition Updates: Washington and Maryland

Both Washington and Maryland have recently enacted laws sanctioning same-sex marriage.  Following is a summary of these provisions.

March 6, 2012

GINA Subject to EEOC’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

On February 3, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a final regulation relating to recordkeeping and reporting requirements by covered employers subject to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).  This regulation, which takes effect April 3, 2012, makes GINA subject to the same recordkeeping and reporting requirements imposed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

March 6, 2012

FMLA Model Forms Revised with New Approval Dates

As mentioned in the January, 2012 Benefit Beat, certain FMLA forms issued by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division were awaiting approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OPM) for use beyond the December 31, 2011 expiration date stated on the forms.  The OPM has recently released the following FMLA forms that are approved for use until they expire on February 28, 2015:

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