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January 5, 2011

2010 Form M-1 Filing

The DOL has released the 2010 edition of the Form M-1 Filing Packet. If you sponsored a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) in 2010, make certain that you file the Form M-1 annual report by March 1, 2011 (an automatic 60-day extension to May 3, 2011 can be requested).

December 23, 2010

HRB 29 - Agencies Issue Additional PPACA Clarifications

December 23, 2010 --  In their on-going effort to assist employers in complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other laws, the issuing Agencies (DOL, HHS and IRS) have just provided some sub-regulatory guidance, in the form of Questions and Answers. Of particular note, are the following:

December 23, 2010

HRB 28 - Implementation of Salary-based Discrimination Rules Delayed

December 23, 2010 --  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes salary-based discrimination rules on insured health plans (see our CBIZ Bulletin, Salary-based Discrimination Rules Applicable to Fully Insured Group Health Plans). The IRS, with the endorsement by the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, has just issued Notice 2011-01, delaying the effective date of these rules. No penalties will be imposed until after implementing regulations are issued.

December 22, 2010

HRB 27 - Additional Guidelines to the Small Business Tax Credit

December 22, 2010 --  As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a tax credit is made available to certain small employers who offer qualifying health coverage to their employees (see CBIZ Health Reform Bulletin,

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit). Recently, the IRS released some additional welcome guidance on how this credit is to be implemented, specifically:

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December 20, 2010

HRB 26 - Mini-Med Plans: Increased Transparency and Disclosure

December 20, 2010 --  The HHS’ Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) recently issued two bulletins relating to mini-med plans that seek a waiver from complying with the PPACA’s ban on the imposition of annual or lifetime limits on essential benefits. Our prior Heath Reform Bulletin, Mini-Med Plan Relief from Annual Limit Restriction Offered, issued December 9, 2010, describes the waiver process.

December 16, 2010

HRB 25 - State Tax Treatment of Older-aged Dependent Coverage

December 16, 2010 --  As 2010 comes to a close, issues relating to the taxability of health coverage provided to older-aged dependents must be pondered.  As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health plans that provide coverage for dependents must allow a dependent child to remain on the plan until he/she reaches his/her 26th birthday.

December 7, 2010

Retirement Plan Reminders

In-Plan Roth Conversions

December 7, 2010

2011 Limits: Qualified Transportation and Medicare Parts A and B

Qualified Transportation Expenses

November 17, 2010

HRB 24 - Amendment to Grandfathered Health Plan Rules

November 17, 2010 --  Five months ago, the Departments of HHS, Labor, and Treasury (“Agencies”) issued interim final regulations relating to grandfathered health plans (see CBIZ Health Reform Bulletin, Grandfathered Health Plans Rules).  

November 9, 2010

2011 Pension and Retirement Plan Limits

The 2011 plan limits, applicable to defined benefit and defined contribution plans, have been issued by the IRS (highlights below).  You will note that there are no adjustments for 2011.  The cost of living index remains unchanged from 2010; thus, there are no increases for 2011.

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