Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Form 1095-C Changes for the 2016 Tax Year

It’s almost time to start filing those ACA Forms for 2016!

And for all you applicable large employers (ALEs) out there planning to file Form 1095-C, have we got some news for you:

Form 1095-C is going through a few changes for the 2016 tax year, specifically to the code series used for lines 14 and 16.

Code Series 1 Changes
On line 14 of Form 1095-C, filers use Code Series 1 to indicate information about the coverage they offered to their employees. Last year, this series was coded 1A through 1I for each option, but for 2016 codes 1J and 1K have been added.

So it’s important to note that since code 1I only applied for 2015 transitional relief options, it’s been marked as “reserved” by the IRS and should not be used on any future 1095-C Forms.

The new codes, codes 1J and 1K represent the following scenarios:
  • Code 1J: Minimum essential coverage (MEC) providing minimum value (MV) was offered to the employee; at least MEC was conditionally offered to the employee’s spouse; nothing was offered to the employee’s dependent(s).
  • Code 1K: MEC providing MV was offered to the employee and his/her dependent(s); at least MEC was conditionally offered to the employee’s spouse.

Code Series 2 Changes
On line 16 of Form 1095-C, filers use Code Series 2 to indicate the safe harbor relief that applies to the employee’s scenario, if applicable. Similar to Code Series 1, Code Series 2 initial had codes for 2A through 2I to describe different safe harbor relief options. This year and for future years, code 2I has been “reserved” by the IRS and may no longer be used as it only applied to tax year 2015.

Deadline Changes
Initially, the ACA Forms deadlines were the same as other information return deadlines:
  • January 31, recipient/employee copies must be mailed out
  • February 28/29, IRS copies that are being paper filed must be mailed
  • March 31, IRS copies that are being e-filed must be transmitted
However, last year, the IRS extended the deadlines to give filers a bit of a break with the new forms. That timeline looked like this:
  • March 31, 2016: recipient/employee copies must be mailed out
  • May 31, 2016: IRS copies that are being paper filed must be mailed
  • June 30, 2016: IRS copies that are being e-filed must be transmitted
This year, for 2016 tax year filing, the deadlines look like this:
  • February 28, 2017: IRS copies that are being paper filed must be mailed
  • March 2, 2017: recipient/employee copies must be mailed out
  • March 31, 2017: IRS copies that are being e-filed must be transmitted

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Facts on Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, can be pretty overwhelming. And the vast amount of new rules and regulations mean that just about everyone in the US has been affected by it.

Regardless of what happens in the future, Obamacare is still the law of the land, so make sure to keep these facts in mind to stay ACA compliant:

All American Taxpayers Must Get Health Insurance
The individual mandate and employer shared responsibility mandate lay out the rules for how everyone is required to obtain medical insurance that meets minimum essential coverage and how certain applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time employees) are now required to provide it to their full-time employees. This minimum essential coverage must also meet a certain minimum value, which is determined based on the federal poverty line each year.

Where You Can Get MEC
In addition to the coverage provided by employers (which is required to meet MEC), the ACA has ensured individuals can find insurance that meets minimum essential coverage through:

When You Can Enroll
Barring a job change or other major life change (like moving or getting married), you can only purchase qualifying coverage during open enrollment. Other exceptions to the open enrollment period are Medicaid and CHIP, which you can enroll in based on your income at any point during the year.

The Obamacare Forms
In order to prove coverage was obtained, providers of the insurance must report to the IRS and their employees (or coverage recipients) details of the coverage offered on Forms 1094-B and 1095-B or Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

And that’s something ExpressACAForms can help with! We help you e-file your ACA Forms with the IRS securely, easily, and quickly. And we can also mail your forms to your recipients for you! Check out our site or give us a call for more information on completing your 2016 ACA return.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Why Employers Face Affordable Care Act Mandates

The Affordable Care Act employer mandates are not to be trifled with.

While there’s a lot of legal and IRS jargon going on in the ACA, the employer mandates basically boil down to:
  1. Applicable Large Employers (ALEs), those with 50 or more full-time employees, must offer full-time employees health insurance or pay a per-employee fine.
  2. The health insurance coverage offered by ALEs must meet minimum essential coverage (MEC) at a set minimum value (MV).
  3. The health insurance coverage offered by ALEs to full-time employees must also be offered to full-time equivalent employees.
  4. The health insurance coverage offered by ALEs must cover the employee’s dependent(s) up to age 26, if applicable.

So what’s the deal? Don’t employers have enough to deal with? Why did the ACA implement these mandates?

Well, believe it or not, one of the main reasons the Affordable Care Act was enacted was to ensure all US taxpayers have access to (ahem) affordable health insurance coverage. And since many employers already provide health benefits to their employees, making it so that the coverage they offer meets certain requirements was one way to get most of America’s taxpayers into the “receives affordable coverage” category.

Lawmakers then added the Affordable Care Act’s safe harbor relief options, which help employers shoulder some of the financial burdens of their new coverage offers.

Stay tuned with ExpressACAForms for more information about the Affordable Care Act and ACA reporting! We’re here to help spread the ACA knowledge and help get your ACA e-filing done. And if you have any questions about either, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, by phone (704-954-8420) and live chat and offer 24/7 assistance through

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The IRS Has Extended the Deadline for Your ACA Recipient Forms

Don’t forget that, along with the 1095-B or 1095-C Forms you’ll file with the IRS, you also have to send a copy to each of your recipients or employees that reflects the health insurance coverage offer they received from you in the previous year!

You may remember that this past year the IRS extended the deadline for these recipient forms from January 31 to March 31 in an effort to give employers and insurance providers more time to get them done correctly. Well, they’ve done something similar for the 2016 tax filing season in early 2017.

Initially, the deadlines for the ACA Forms were set back to their original dates, which are:
  • January 31, 2017, for recipient/employee copies of Form 1095-B/C,
  • February 28, 2017, for paper filing Forms 1094 and 1095 with the IRS, and
  • March 31, 2017, for e-filing Forms 1094 and 1095 with the IRS.

But a couple weeks ago, the IRS sent out a notice that they’d be extending the deadline for recipient copies of Form 1095-B and 1095-C from January 31 to March 2, 2017. This gives filers just over a month’s time more to complete and mail these forms to each of their coverage offer recipients.

ExpressACAForms can help make sure you meet this new recipient deadline as well as the e-filing deadline for ACA Forms! Not only do we provide fast and easy (and secure!) e-filing, we also provide postal mailing for our e-file users. That means we’ll send out your recipient forms for you while also e-filing your 1094 and 1095 Forms with the IRS.

If you have any questions about starting with ExpressACAForms or would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, by phone (704-954-8420) and live chat. We also provide 24/7 customer service through

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Friday, December 2, 2016

ExpressACAForms: A Market Leader in ACA Form Reporting

Did you know that you can e-file your Affordable Care Act Forms right where you get all of your up-to-date ACA information?

(We mean here, at ExpressACAForms, of course!)

This past year, ExpressACAForms was one of the first IRS-authorized e-file providers for the ACA Forms 1094 and 1095. And we put every bit of our online filing and cloud-based software know-how into ensuring we were (and still are) one of the best too!

We’re certainly one of the easiest e-file service providers, at any rate. It only takes five steps - from start to e-file - to have your forms reported to the IRS with ExpressACAForms:

Now, you may be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, so you’re fast, what else you got?” To that, we say, “Just check this out!”

And then we’ll point you to this list of our awesome features that make e-filing a cinch:
  • Bulk upload any file your ACA data is already in.
    • Our bulk upload feature goes beyond those of our competitors. Not only can you upload everything you have at once, but you can do it with whatever file you already have.
    • Got a PDF? Great! Excel spreadsheet? Throw it on in there! XML file? Go crazy! If it’s all together and in one file, you can use it.
  • Cloud-based software means you-can-access-it-anywhere software!
    • With our cloud-based software, anywhere you have access to the internet and a browser, you have access to your ExpressACAForms account and all the information in it.
    • Plus, there’s no need to download any external software onto your computer to access your account!
  • There’s a print center in your account!
    • You can use this to print your official forms whenever you need them! 
  • We also do postal mailing!
    • You know how you’re supposed to mail your 1095 Forms to your employees/recipients? Well, you could, or you could authorize us to do it for you!
    • You’ll still have access to the forms in your print center if you need them, but if you select postal mailing, we’ll print and mail your forms for you from our offices in Rock Hill, SC by the next business day.
  • Plus, you can’t beat our friendly expert customer support team!
    • We’re located right here in the US, so anytime you call in, you’ll be connected with a real person you understand.
    • And we have round-the-clock contact options! Our phone (704-954-8420) and live chat lines are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, and we provide 24/7 email support through

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Get to Know the ACA Penalties

The Affordable Care Act penalties are no joke.

And while there’s been a lot of talk about the ACA going away, it won’t be going away in time to avoid IRS penalties if you don’t file.

So it’s best to arm yourselves with some knowledge about these ACA penalties and how you can avoid them!

Information Reporting Penalties
That’s the official name of the penalties you’d incur from the IRS if you didn’t file. And, boy, are they every bit as impending as they sound:
  • The penalty for failing to file a Form 1095-B or 1095-C with the IRS is $260 per missing form, not to exceed $3,193,000 in a calendar year.
  • The penalty for failing to provide a Form 1095-B or 1095-C to your recipients is $260 per missing form, again, not to exceed $3,193,000 in a calendar year.

And don’t forget, the IRS has this in its rules and regulations for the ACA Forms:
“Special rules apply that increase the per-return and per-statement and total penalties with no maximum limitations if there is intentional disregard of the requirement to file the returns and furnish recipient statements.”

In other words, if you intentionally don’t file, the IRS is going to try to come for a lot more than $3 mil.

But on the Flip Side
Your penalties may be waived if you can prove to the IRS that failure to file was due to reasonable cause (think life-or-death, emergency type situation) and not willful neglect.

You also have ExpressACAForms to help make sure you get those forms filed on time! This is especially important because those penalty fees start going up the longer you wait to file after the deadline.

Just head on over to our website or contact our friendly support team to get started and see how ExpressACAForms can help you avoid ACA penalties. We’re available to help by phone (704-954-8420) and live chat Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST and available 24/7 at!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Form 1095-B Information Requirements

We’ve been talking about Form 1095-C for a while, so why don’t we switch gears and talk a bit about the other ACA Form that’s due in the next couple months: Form 1095-B.

Form 1095-B
Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, is one of the forms created by the Affordable Care Act and the IRS for reporting coverage. Anyone who provides minimum essential coverage to individuals during the calendar year must file a Form 1095-B to report the coverage offered. Of course, this is anyone providing coverage who is not an Applicable Large Employer (ALE), because, as we all know, they file on Form 1095-C.

As with Form 1095-C, a copy of Form 1095-B should be filed with the IRS and a copy should be sent to the individual who received the offer of coverage.

Information Needed for Form 1095-B
So before you dive into working on Form 1095-B, make sure you have the following information:
  • Part I: Responsible Individual. For each recipient of an offer of coverage, you’ll need to have their
  • Part II: Employer-Sponsored Coverage. If you provided employer-sponsored coverage, use Part II to enter information about the sponsoring employer. You’ll need to have their
    • Name,
    • Employer Identification Number (EIN), and
    • Address.
  • Part III: Issuer or Other Coverage Provider. Part III provides information about the coverage provider. For this section, you’ll need the provider’s
    • Name,
    • EIN,
    • Address, and
    • Contact number.
      • Keep in mind that this phone number should be that of someone who can answer questions regarding the coverage information reported.
  • Part IV: Covered Individuals. If your coverage offer extends to the recipient’s spouse and/or dependent(s), you’ll need the following information on them:
    • Name,
    • SSN,
    • Date of birth (if their SSN is unavailable), and
    • The months they were covered.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

What it Means: Form 1095-C, Line 16

Welcome back! We’re here for Part 2 of ExpressACAForms’s series on lines 14 and 16 of Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage.

And since we covered line 14 last time, this post is all about line 16!

Form 1095-C, Line 16
So, as you remember, line 14 indicates to the IRS the type of coverage you offered your employee. Line 16 takes that a step further and indicates to the IRS any safe harbor situations that applied to you/that employee with Code Series 2. It basically answers the “why” question for the type of coverage you chose to offer.

Tax Year 2016 Code Changes
If you remember filling out line 16 this past year, there’s a chance you remember entering code 2I. Not this year! The IRS got rid of code 2I on line 16 of Form 1095-C this year since the safe harbor it represented was exclusive to the 2015 tax year.

Code Series 2
On line 16 of Form 1095-C, you’ll use one code per month (or one code for all 12 months) as it applies to that employee. Here are those codes and what they mean:
  • 2A. The employee was not employed during the month indicated. If the employee worked even one day of the month, you are not allowed to use code 2A. Additionally, code 2A should not be used for the month an employee is terminated.
  • 2B. The employee was not a full-time employee during the month indicated. If the employee was not a full-time employee and did not enroll in MEC, use code 2B. You’ll also use 2B if the employee was a full-time employee whose coverage ended that month solely because the employee terminated employment.
  • 2C. The employee enrolled in the coverage offered. Code 2C cannot be used if code 1G is in line 14 or if the coverage was not MEC. Code 2C also shouldn’t be used for months terminated employees are enrolled in COBRA continuation coverage.
  • 2D. The employee is in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period or an initial measurement period.
  • 2E. Use code 2E for any month for which the multiemployer arrangement interim guidance applies to that employee, regardless of any other code in Code Series 2 that may apply.
  • 2F. Enter code 2F if section 4980H Form W-2 safe harbor was used to determine affordability for the employee for the year. Code 2F must be used for all months of the year the employee was offered health coverage if it applies.
  • 2G. Enter code 2G if section 4980H federal poverty line safe harbor was used to determine affordability for the employee for any months of the year.
  • 2H. Enter code 2H if section 4980H rate of pay safe harbor was used to determine affordability for the employee for any months of the year.

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What it Means: Form 1095-C, Line 14

Hello there! Welcome to ExpressACAForms’s quick little two-part series on two of the more complicated lines of the Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage.

And by “complicated,” we mean it’s the information about your employee that might not be readily available on their W-9. Don't worry: it’s nothing too hard.

Form 1095-C, Line 14
Line 14 is where you indicate to the IRS what sort of coverage you offered to the employee for whom you’re completing the Form 1095-C. You do this using Code Series 1, and each code in the series lets the IRS know if the coverage you offered met minimum essential coverage (MEC), the minimum value (MV), and if the coverage was offered to the spouse and dependent(s), if any.

Tax Year 2016 Code Changes
Of course, since it’s the IRS, things are slightly different for this upcoming year than they were last year. Code Series 1. Code 1I was replaced with code 1J. They also added code 1K to the mix to help indicate more situations regarding your offers of coverage.

Code Series 1
On line 14 of Form 1095-C, you’ll use one code per month (or one code for all 12 months) as it applies to that employee. Here are those codes and what they mean:
  • 1A. A Qualifying Offer was made to the employee, spouse, and dependent(s), if any. A Qualifying Offer provides MEC at MV and the Employee Required Contribution is equal to or less than 9.5% (as adjusted) of the mainland single federal poverty line.
  • 1B. You offered MEC at MV to the employee only.
  • 1C. You offered MEC at MV to the employee and dependent(s) but not the spouse.
  • 1D. You offered MEC at MV to the employee and spouse but not dependent(s). BUT if the coverage for the spouse was offered conditionally, use code 1J instead.
  • 1E. You offered MEC at MV to the employee, spouse, and dependent(s). BUT if the coverage for the spouse was offered conditionally, use code 1K instead.
  • 1F. You offered MEC that did not meet MV to the employee, spouse, dependent(s), or any combination of the three.
  • 1G. You offered coverage for at least one month of the calendar year to an individual who was not your employee at all during the year or to an individual who was a part-time employee. Note that code 1G must be used for all 12 months, so go ahead and put it in that “All 12 Months” box on the form.
  • 1H. You didn’t offer any coverage to the employee that month.
  • 1J. You offered MEC at MV to the employee and conditionally to the spouse but not to the dependent(s).
  • 1K. You offered MEC at MV to the employee and dependent(s) and conditionally offered it to the employee’s spouse.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of What it Means with ExpressACAForms! And make sure to follow along for even more ACA and e-filing information.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Form 1095-C Information Requirements

Form 1095-C is a pretty important form. It’s the form that all Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) use to report the health care coverage they offer their full-time employees each year.

So before you sit down to complete these important forms, you need to be sure to have all the information required. A lot of the data you’ll need can be gotten easily from your current payroll system but you’ll also be required to supply data on the coverage you offered each of your full-time employees.

To help get you prepared, here’s a list that breaks down all the information you need to complete Form 1095-C:
  • Employee data. For each employee, you’ll need to have their
    • Name,
    • Social security number, and
    • Address
  • Applicable Large Employer data. That’s you. You’ll need your business’s
    • Name
    • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • Address, and
    • Telephone number
  • Offer of coverage information. This is the part where you tell about the (at least) minimum essential coverage you offered your full-time employees. You’ll need
    • The plan start month,
    • An offer of coverage code for each month that identifies the type of coverage offered,
    • The employee’s required monthly contribution to their coverage, and
    • Any Section 4980H Safe Harbor information that applies, indicated by the safe harbor codes.
  • Covered individuals’ information. If your coverage offer extends to the employee’s spouse and/or dependent(s), you’ll need the following information on them:
    • Name,
    • Social security number or date of birth, and
    • Which months coverage was offered.
Once you have all the information you need, you can feel confident as you begin your Affordable Care Act filing.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

The 1095 Forms

There are some pretty important forms you need to add to your tax season repertoire: the Affordable Care Act 1095 Forms.

Think of these forms as the W-2s of the health care coverage the ACA requires you to offer and report on each year. You’ll report certain information about the coverage you offered to each person you offered that coverage and with the IRS on these 1095 Forms.

Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage
We’re foregoing alphabetical order to better explain how these 1095 forms work. Form 1095-C is the form that’s completed by all Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for their full-time employees. ALEs are employers with 50 or more full-time employees who are thereby subject to the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provisions.

To complete Form 1095-C, you’ll need:
  • Employee information (name, SSN, address)
  • Employer information (name, EIN, address, contact info)
  • The Plan Start Month for each employee
  • Offer of Coverage Codes for each employee
  • The Employee Share of Lowest Cost Monthly Premium per month
  • Spouse and dependent information (name, SSN/birth date, months covered)
  • Section 4980H Safe Harbor Codes (if applicable)

Form 1095-B, Health Coverage
Form 1095-B is filed by everyone else who provides health care coverage throughout the year. That means small businesses, insurance agents, certain government agencies, and anyone else who provided minimum essential coverage to taxpayers.

To complete Form 1095-B, you’ll need:
  • Filer information (name, EIN, address, phone number, and contact info)
  • The total number of 1095-B Forms you’re filing
  • Recipient information (name, SSN/birth date, address)
  • Coverage type, broken down by month
If you’re using Form 1095-B to report Employer-Sponsored Coverage or coverage provided by another user, you’ll also need that other entity’s name, EIN, address, and contact information.

Form 1094, Transmittal Form
Each Form 1095 comes with its very own Form 1094 (B or C). This is the transmittal form that summarizes the 1095 return it’s accompanying to the IRS. That’s right, this one just goes to the IRS, not your employees/recipients.

When you e-file with ExpressACAForms, we’ll automatically create your 1094 Form for you based on the information that generates your 1095 Forms, all of which are IRS-authorized and made ready to e-file immediately. Check out our site to learn more about these and our various other features, all of which are designed to make your ACA filing as fast and simple as possible.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Section 6055 & 6056 Reporting

When it was enacted, the Affordable Care Act really shook things up with the IRS’s Internal Revenue Code. Namely, it added Sections 6055 and 6056 to the code to outline how employers must report the health insurance coverage they offer each year.

So just what do these new sections say? We’re glad you asked!

Section 6055 & 6056 Requirements
The Sections 6055 and 6056 go into a lot of detail about what it is you need to report to the IRS after you’ve offered health insurance to your full-time employees.
  • Section 6055 says that employers with self-funded plans and insurers who manage fully-insured plans must report information about the organization providing coverage.
  • Section 6056 says that employers must report information about the employer offering coverage.

Reporting Requirements
If you’re considered an Applicable Large Employer - that is, if you have at least 50 full-time employees - you’re subject to the Section 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements each year. That means the IRS requires you provide the following information on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C:
  • Detailed information on each employee (name, address, Social Security Number)
  • Your total number of full-time employees
  • Whether or not the coverage you offered met minimum essential coverage and minimum value
  • Whether or not the coverage you offered was affordable, as well as how much each employee was required to pay
  • Whether or not the coverage was offered to all of your full-time employees and their dependents.

Getting Started Reporting
If you’ve got everything squared away and are ready to report your MEC-meeting coverage, check out ExpressACAForms! We can create and e-file your ACA reporting forms safely and securely using the data you already have. Sign up for an account or contact our stellar customer support team to learn more!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

ACA Reporting Requirements

A big part of Affordable Care Act compliance is making sure you report that compliance to the IRS and your coverage recipients. After all, if you don’t report it, how does anyone know your coverage was affordable? Or met minimum essential coverage (MEC)?

Reporting Requirements
When the ACA was passed, Sections 6055 and 6056 got added to the IRS’s Internal Revenue Code. These sections cover the reporting requirements of everyone who provides health insurance coverage to taxpayers each year.
  • Section 6055: This section says that every provider of MEC has to report coverage information by filing Return Forms 1094-B and 1095-B with the IRS and furnishing Form 1095-B statements to individuals.
  • Section 6056: This section says that Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) who provide MEC to their employees must report coverage information by filing Return Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS and furnishing Form 1095-C statements to employees.
Now, let’s take a moment to clarify those two points:
  • Section 6055 requires health insurance issuers/carriers for insured coverage, plan sponsors of self-insured group health plan coverage, and the executive department/agency of a governmental unit that provides coverage under a government-sponsored program to report on Forms 1094-B and 1095-B.
  • Section 6056 requires ALES, which are employers with 50 or more full-time employees throughout the year, to report on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

So now that you know whether or not you need to report, be sure to check out ExpressACAForms! We’re a full-service solution for your ACA e-filing, ensuring your forms are correctly e-filed with the IRS and sent out to your recipients.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Finding Employee Eligibility

A lot of being compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has to do with offering the right amount of coverage to the right employees.

We’ve talked in depth before about minimum essential coverage, minimum value, employer responsibilities, and even employee affordability and dependent coverage, all of which help determine that the coverage you offer is the right amount. Today we’re going to focus on the latter part of ACA compliance: the right employees.

According to the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions, applicable large employers (ALEs) must offer coverage to all of their full-time employees.

So how do you figure out your full-time employees? Count their hours! But keep in mind that the IRS considers 30+ hours/week (or 130+ hours/month) to be full-time.

The hours you’re totaling should include:
  • The employee’s hours worked
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA)
  • Vacation days
  • Sick days
  • Jury duty
  • Military duty

The employee’s hours of service when totaling who is full-time in the eyes of the IRS should not include:
  • Volunteer hours
  • Work-study hours (performed by students, interns)
  • Hours paid with foreign-source income

Total up these hours one of three ways:
  • By calculating the actual hours of service each month for each employee
  • By totaling the number of days each month the employee did eight (8) hours of work
  • By totaling the number of weeks each month the employee did 40 hours of work
Whichever way you choose, you have to stick with it for the entire calendar year. You can switch it up again though once the year is up.

Once you’ve determined those hours of service, it’s time to offer coverage and file those ACA Forms 1094 and 1095. ExpressACAForms can help you with all that and more! Create an account today or give our customer support team a call to answer any other questions you have.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Determining Employee Affordability

One of the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act is that it requires the health insurance taxpayers have to be affordable. It should go without saying, then, that the health insurance you provide as an employer must be affordable to your employees.

But, as always, the IRS is going to spell it out for us anyways.

In order to be considered “affordable” under the employer shared responsibility provisions, the employee’s share should cost no more than 9.5% of their annual household income.

Since you’re not likely to know the entire household income of all of your employees, the IRS has come up with three safe harbor techniques to determine whether or not the coverage you offer is affordable.

Keep in mind that you can choose to use one or more of the safe harbors for all of your employees, but you must do so on a consistent basis for all of your employees.

The Form W-2 Wages Safe Harbor
This form of safe harbor bases affordability on whether or not the employee’s cost of the lowest-cost, self-only coverage exceeds 9.5% of the calendar year wages reported in Box 1 on Form W-2.

The Rate of Pay Safe Harbor
The rate of pay safe harbor involves a bit more math: coverage for an hourly employee is affordable if the employee’s contribution for the calendar month does not exceed 9.5% of an amount equal to 130 hours times the lower of
  • The employee’s hourly rate of pay on the first day of the coverage OR
  • The employee’s lowest hourly rate of pay during the calendar month.

The Federal Poverty Line Safe Harbor
With the FPL safe harbor, for coverage to be considered affordable, the employee’s contribution cannot exceed 9.5% of the Federal Poverty Line for the calendar year divided by 12.

Once you’ve determined your employee affordability, it’s important to have a plan put in place to report that coverage to the IRS! And one of the easiest, most secure ways to do that is with ExpressACAForms! We’re a full-service, IRS-authorized e-file provider, which means we handle creating your forms and e-filing them once you’ve approved them. Give us a call today or sign up on our website to get started.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why You Should Be Covering Your Employees' Dependents

If you read the fine print of the Affordable Care Act (or the summary on the IRS’s website), you’ll notice it doesn’t just mention your full-time employees when talking about to whom you’re required to offer minimum essential coverage.

In order for the health insurance you offer to meet minimum value - and therefore ACA compliance - it must also extend to the dependents of your full-time employees. And under the ACA, dependents include children and adopted children, up to the age of 26.

Even if you offer health insurance to all of your full-time employees, if it fails to cover their dependents, you can still incur an ACA penalty. Not covering the dependents of your employees signals that the coverage doesn’t meet minimum essential coverage and value, a.k.a. isn’t in compliance with the ACA.

And when you aren’t compliant with the ACA, you start incurring IRS penalties, in this case, the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment.

When you sign on with ACAwise, our year-round compliance software can help you keep on track with your coverage offers. We’ll alert you to any risks that may indicate your compliance is slipping, and after creating your 1094 and 1095 Forms, we’ll run them through a series of error checks to ensure your ACA reporting is correct.

With ACAwise, there’s virtually nothing to worry about when it comes to your ACA compliance, so why not get started today? Request a demo or sign up now to get everything squared away for the upcoming ACA filing season and beyond!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Are You Reporting Your Employee Health Coverage Plans to the IRS?

Employers with fifty or more full-time employees have had to deal with a few changes over the past few years thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Not only have you been required to offer health insurance coverage to your full-time employees, but earlier this year you had to start reporting that coverage to the IRS.

For the 2015 ACA filing period, the IRS had a bit more leniency for those reporting coverage. They extended the reporting deadlines, offered safe harbor qualifications for an easier transition, and even offered to forgive late filing penalties, depending on the circumstances.

This year, they’re a little more like the scary, impending IRS we’ve come to know and try to avoid too much contact with. ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for the 2016 year will need to be turned in, correct and on time, or you’ll face some serious consequences.

So it’s incredibly important to have a plan in place for your 2016 and future ACA filing. We’re a little biased and recommend ExpressACAForms for the job! ExpressACAForms is chock full of state-of-the-art e-filing features to ensure your ACA Forms 1094 and 1095 are filled out correctly and sent to the right places at the right time.

Of course, what really sets us apart is our friendly and always available customer support team, based right here in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Give them a call or send an email to learn more about e-filing with ExpressACAForms!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ACA Requirements for Employers

There’s a lot of information going around about the Affordable Care Act. With all the insurance and filing requirements now in place for individuals, employers, and insurance providers, it can be hard to keep up with what you need to do to keep your business compliant.

Well rest easy, you’ve found ExpressACAForms and we’ve brought you the Employer Shared Responsibilities straight from the horse’s mouth!

(This horse, of course, is the IRS.)

The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions
So the first thing to know about employer shared responsibility is that it applies to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs), or employers with 50 or more full-time employees. So the vast majority of employers aren’t liable for these provisions, but they are:
These provisions went into play January 1, 2015, so you may be a little familiar with one or the other already.

Avoiding the Payment by Meeting the Provisions
There are two ways an ALE can be made to pay an employer shared responsibility payment:
  1. If the employer does not offer MEC to at least 95% of its full-time employees and their dependents, and
  2. If at least one full-time employee receives the premium tax credit for purchasing coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace.
The reasoning behind the first way to incur a payment is a little obvious; you’re directly disobeying the ACA and IRS’s rules about providing health insurance.

The second way’s reasoning is a little more nuanced. You see, even if you offer insurance to your employees, you still have to make sure it meets all the ACA’s minimum value and affordability requirements. If it doesn’t, when your employees go to a Health Insurance Marketplace to get more coverage, they become eligible for and receive a premium tax credit. This alerts the IRS that you become eligible for and receive an employer shared responsibility payment for not meeting ACA requirements.

Employer Reporting Requirements
So not only do you as an ALE have to provide affordable health insurance that meets all these MEC and minimum value requirements, but you have to report you did all that to the IRS each year as well with Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

Think of them as W-2s for your employees’ health insurance coverage. You use these forms to report the coverage you offered them, the coverage they accepted, and their (and their dependents) basic information. And in January each year, you send a copy to each of your employees so they can use it for their records, and in March you e-file a copy with the IRS to show your compliance.

By the way, one of the easiest, most secure, and most accurate ways to e-file these forms is right here with ExpressACAForms! And if you’re worried about staying ACA compliant throughout the year, check out our sister product ACAwise; it tracks your compliance, alerts you of any discrepancies, and e-files your return each year for you!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

What is a Health Care Marketplace?

With all this Affordable Care Act talk going around, you’ve probably heard the term “Health Care Marketplace,” or maybe even “ObamaCare Marketplace,” dropped once or twice. But just what is this mythical marketplace?

Is it an actual place where insurance salesmen hawk different insurance packages all wrapped up in paper and string? Sort of! But not exactly.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is your state’s price comparison website for subsidized health insurance. Each year during the annual open enrollment period, you can enroll in a plan, switch plans, or apply for cost assistance.

If you don’t receive insurance from your employer, the Health Insurance Marketplace is where you can go to be sure you’re getting health insurance that meets minimum essential coverage and minimum value. And those are things you want to make sure you have, otherwise, you'll have to pay a pretty hefty fine.

As we mentioned earlier, each state has a different marketplace. And you’ll want to make sure you’re on the right website for your state. If you’re in:
If you live in any other state, you’ll use the official Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace website, If you live in one of the US territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands), you’re not eligible to use the Marketplace to apply for health insurance and should check with your territory’s government offices to learn about your options.

While our software is designed to help employers and third party providers e-file ACA returns, we’re also committed to providing accurate, up-to-date ACA information, so stay tuned for more from ExpressACAForms!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What is Minimum Value?

Last week we went over minimum essential coverage (MEC) and how it’s important to offer coverage that meets it. Another requirement of Affordable Care Act compliant coverage is that it also meet a minimum value.

What is Minimum Value?
Minimum value is a standard of minimum coverage that applies to health plans employers offer. If the plan you offer meets this standard as well as the MEC standard, you’re considered ACA compliant in the coverage you offer.

A health plan meets the minimum value requirement if:
  • It’s set up to pay at least 60% of the total cost of medical services for a standard population and
  • Its benefits include substantial coverage of physician and inpatient hospital services.

Reporting Minimum Value
Don’t forget that you have to report the coverage you offer that meets MEC and minimum value requirements on Forms 1094 and 1095! And ExpressACAForms can help you e-file those forms quickly, easily, and securely!

If you’re looking for something a little more in-depth (think features to help make sure your coverage meets minimum requirements and is offered on time) in your ACA reporting, try out our sister product, ACAwise! You can sign up for a free demo today over at or by calling (704) 954-8420.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

What is Minimum Essential Coverage?

A phrase that pops up a lot with Affordable Care Act compliance is “Minimum Essential Coverage,” MEC for short. But just what does it mean?

Minimum Essential Coverage
One of the main points of the Affordable Care Act was to make sure all taxpaying Americans have affordable health insurance that meets certain criteria. Obviously, one bit of this criteria had to be that all types of insurance offered as ACA compliant offer a certain amount of coverage.

Starting to get an idea of where this is going?

But, just to make sure everyone’s up to speed: minimum essential coverage is the type of coverage that meets at least all of the basic ACA requirements for health insurance.

Applicable Large Employers, insurance providers, and anyone else required to provide offers of coverage, must offer insurance that meets MEC or pay a fine. And, trust us, you don’t want to pay the fine.

Types of Minimum Essential Coverage
As a rule of thumb, the following types of health insurance meet minimum essential coverage:
  • Employer-sponsored coverage, which includes COBRA and retiree coverage
  • Coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace/Affordable Insurance Exchange
  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Advantage plans
  • Most Medicaid coverage
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage
  • Certain coverage administered by the Veterans Administration
  • Coverage provided to Peace Corps volunteers
  • Non-appropriated Fund Health Benefit Program coverage
  • Refugee Medical Assistance supported by the Administration for Children and Families

If you need a plan for reporting the minimum essential coverage you offered your employees/recipients this year, check out ExpressACAForms! It’s simple, fast, and secure! If you have any questions, just give us a call at (704) 839-2270 or send us an email to

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Affordable Care Act Transmittal Forms 1094-B and 1094-C

Did you know that there’s more to your Affordable Care Act return than just Form 1095-B or 1095-C? That’s right: your ACA forms must be sent with a transmittal return, either Form 1094-B or 1094-C, each year.

Form 1094-B
Submitted with Forms 1095-B is Form 1094-B, Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns. The majority of Form 1094-B consists of basic information about the filer, including name, EIN, and contact information. On Form 1094-B, the filer also needs to report the number of Forms 1095-B submitted with the transmittal form.

Form 1094-B also requires the filer’s signature, title, and date before it can be submitted with the complete ACA return.

Form 1094-C
Form 1094-C, Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns, which is submitted with 1095-C Forms, is a bit more complex than Form 1094-B. Because it requires more information, Form 1094-C is split into three parts:
  • Part I: Applicable Large Employer Member (ALE Member)
    • Part I includes all the basic information about the ALE whose ACA report this 1094-C belongs to, including the name, EIN, address, and person of contact.
    • Lines 9-16 of Part I are filled out if the filer is a Designated Governmental Entity (DGE) filing on behalf of an employer. So in some instances, these lines will need to be left blank.
    • On line 18 of Part I, the total number of 1095-C forms accompanying the 1094-C is included.
    • And lastly, if this Form 1094-C is the authoritative transmittal for an ALE member in a group return, the box on line 19 should be checked. There can only be one authoritative transmittal filed for each employer.
  • Part II: ALE Member Information
    • In Part II of Form 1094-C, the filer will provide information on whether or not they’re a member of an Aggregated ALE Group. They’ll also need to include the total number of 1095-C forms filed by and/or on behalf of the ALE member and indicate if they apply for any Certifications of Eligibility.
    • If the filer has multiple returns, they only need to fill out Part II on the authoritative transmittal Form 1094-C (as indicated by line 19).
  • Part III: ALE Member Information - Monthly
    • In Part III, filers indicate how many full-time employees and total employees they had each month of the year.
  • Part IV: Other ALE Members of Aggregated ALE Group
    • If the filer is a part of an Aggregated ALE Group and checked “Yes” on line 21 of Form 1094-C, they’ll need to complete Part IV.
    • In Part IV, the filer lists the names and EINs of other ALE members of the Aggregated ALE Group.

So there you have it: Forms 1094-B and 1094-C. If you have any further questions about these forms or how to e-file them, don’t hesitate to contact us here at ExpressACAForms! You can give us a call (704-839-2270) or send us a live chat Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. Can’t make it then? Just send us an email to and we’ll get back with you as soon as possible!

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Understanding ACA Form 1095-B

When we talk about the information returns associated with Affordable Care Act, we tend to get hung up on Form 1095-C. It makes sense: Form 1095-C is the form Applicable Large Employers file and they’re the “insurance providers” going through the most changes thanks to the ACA. (And “most change” tends to mean “most attention.”)

That’s why we’re taking this post to talk exclusively about Form 1095-B!

Purpose of the Form
Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, is used to report information to the IRS and taxpayers about the minimum essential coverage of health insurance provided by the filer.

And in case you need a reminder: minimum essential coverage (or MEC) is the least amount of coverage legally required for taxpayers to have each year. While it’s the individual taxpayer’s responsibility to make sure they have coverage that meets MEC, it’s also the responsibility of insurance providers to offer MEC plans as set by the ACA.

Who Needs to File Form 1095-B
Generally, every person that provides MEC to individuals during the calendar year must file Form 1095-B to report the coverage. This does exclude certain employers (ALEs) and government employers who are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions and therefore must file Form 1095-C.

In other words, health insurance issuers and carriers for most health insurance coverage, including individual market coverage and insured coverage sponsored by employers, as well as small employers need to file Form 1095-B for each covered individual each year.

When to File
If you need to file Form 1095-B with the IRS, you must do so at the beginning of the year following the year you offered coverage. And how you plan to file determines when you’ll need to file.

If you’re sending in paper copies to the IRS, you must submit Form 1095-B, along with its transmittal form, Form 1094-B, by February 28 (or 29). If you plan to e-file, you have until March 31. Keep in mind that if your due date ends up falling on a weekend or legal holiday, the deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

And speaking of “automatically extended,” you can get an automatic 30-day extension of time to file your 1095-B forms if you file Form 8809 with the IRS by your original deadline.

And How to File
The more traditional way to file your ACA return is to mail it in each year. While the IRS recommends everyone e-file, you really only have to if you have more than 250 forms to file. So if you’re planning for traditional, mail Form 1094-B and your 1095-B forms by your deadline to:
  • Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center, Austin, TX 73301
    • If your principal business is in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, or West Virginia
  • Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center, Kansas City, MO 64999
    • If your principal business is in: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, or Wyoming

Of course, if you’re looking for a faster, easier, more secure way to file, then you should e-file with ExpressACAForms! With ExpressACAForms, you don’t have to fill out each individual form by hand before mailing it in, which can leave you susceptible to human error and at the mercy of the postal system. Instead, just upload the the ACA information you have using our bulk upload spreadsheet or one of your own, review the forms our program creates for you, and securely e-file them directly with the IRS.

If you have any other questions regarding Form 1095-B or e-filing your ACA return, give us a call! We’re always happy to help. We’re available at (704) 839-2270 and through live chat on our website Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m ET and we offer 24/7 customer assistance via email at!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

ACA Form 1095-C Updated for 2016 Filing

Even when it’s not filing season, the IRS makes sure to keep itself busy. Just last month, they released draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and published draft instructions for completing them for the 2016 tax year.

While these updates are just drafts, there are already a few changes between the forms you filled out for your 2015 ACA return and the ones you’ll complete for your 2016 return. These changes are likely to stick, however, and once the Forms 1094-C and 1095-C are finalized, they must be e-filed by March 31, 2017.

Form 1094-C Changes
  • Box B of Line 22 is designated “Reserved.” The Qualifying Offer Method Transition Relief is not available for 2016.
  • In Part III, column (b), “Section 4980H” was added before “Full-Time Employee Count for ALE Member.” This was included to remind filers that “full-time employee,” as defined by section 4980H, applies for purposes of this column. ALE Members may not use another definition of FTEs to complete this column.

Form 1095-C Changes
Underneath the title of Form 1095-C, the reminder, “Do not attach to your tax return. Keep for your records.” was added to inform recipients not to file Form 1095-C with their personal return.

Code Changes
  • Code 1I on Form 1095-C, line 14, and Code 2I for line 16 are no longer applicable for the 2016 filing year.
  • New codes for addressing conditional offers of spousal coverage, 1J and 1K, have been added for use on Form 1095-C, line 14, if applicable.

Transition Relief Changes
Only limited transition relief will continue for the 2016 tax year. Because several forms of transition relief were available to employers for the 2015 tax year only, references to these forms of relief have been removed from Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

E-filing with ExpressACAForms
It’s never too early to set up your ACA e-filing account with ExpressACAForms! As an IRS-authorized e-file provider, we guarantee the most up-to-date and secure software in ACA filing. If you have any questions or need help getting started, just give us a call. Or send us an email! We’re happy to help any way we can!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Are You Prepared for Next Year's ACA Changes?

Hey, there! Remember this past Affordable Care Act filing season? Got it? Good. Now forget everything you knew about ACA filing.

Well, not everything. The basics are still mostly the same, but there are a lot of changes coming with the 2016 filing season, which begins in January. For starters, one of the biggest:

Date Changes
That’s right: this year (and forevermore), you won’t have the first six months of the year to get your ACA return just right. The IRS, in an attempt to relieve some of the first-time ACA filing stress for filers and themselves, extended the actual ACA deadlines this past year. Next year, they’ll be back in their rightful places: January 31 (for the recipient forms), February 28 (for paper filers), and March 31 (for e-filers).

No More Leniency
The IRS was pretty generous last year; in addition to extending the deadlines, they also operated under a more lenient late-filing policy. No such luck this year. Last year, the policy was if you could prove you made good faith efforts to file on time, your late filing penalties would be forgiven. This year, it’s the same as every other IRS deadline: you don’t file on time, you pay the fine.

Penalties Are Going Up
The penalties for not providing (or not providing enough) insurance are going up as well. The IRS had a few other safety nets in place this year as far as insurance offers were concerned - only having to offer to 70% of your employees rather than 95%, for example, as well as other safe harbor reliefs. This year, those begin phasing out. Since the whole point of the ACA is to make sure every taxpaying American has access to good health insurance, the penalties stand to get more severe the longer Applicable Large Employers don’t provide coverage.

But You’ve Still Got ExpressACAForms
But the good news is you’ve still got us! One of the frontrunners in ACA e-filing for the 2015 tax year, ExpressACAForms helps make your ACA filing and compliance easier than ever. And we’re around all year too, not just during ACA season, to help answer any questions or get you started with ExpressACAForms.

Give us a call. We’re in the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, and our phone number’s (704) 839-2270. We also offer live chat assistance while we’re in the office and 24/7 email support ( for when we’re not.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Brush Up on Your ACA Knowledge

There’s no better time than the present to brush up on your ACA knowledge. Mostly because, at this present moment, you’ve come across the ExpressACAForms blog on the subject!

Listen, we figure you’re in one of three situations with your ACA filing: 1. You’re done with your 2015 filing and are trying to forget about 2016’s until it’s time to file 2016’s.; 2. You’re still making corrections and trying to complete your 2015 return.; or 3. You’re just blowing it off altogether.

In all of these situations, you stand to benefit from a little ACA know-how. That’s where we come in.

Below are a few tips about ACA filing that you’ll want to keep in mind - yes, even now, in late August. January will be here before we know it, and the filing period for ACA will be shorter than it was this year. So you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared by staying up-to-date on ACA info.

  • For starters, to elaborate on our last point there, for the 2015 tax year, the IRS extended the due dates of ACA Forms 1094 and 1095 by two or more months. So far, for the 2016 tax year, they have no plans to do so, so your forms will have to be e-filed by March 31, three months earlier than this past year. Additionally, your recipient copies will need to be sent out by January 31, along with your 1099s and W-2s.
  • Applicable Large Employers, those with 50 or more full-time employees, are still required to offer health insurance coverage to those employees. This coverage must meet the minimum essential coverage (MEC) requirements as stated by the ACA, and you’ll have to pay a penalty for each uncovered employee. This penalty is slated to increase each year from here on out, so you may want to set up a plan sooner rather than later.
  • If you have more than 250 forms to file, you’re required by the IRS to e-file. You’ll need to make sure you have a system or program in place (like ExpressACAForms!) to handle getting your forms to the IRS.
  • If you file late or not at all, the IRS is issuing penalties in the coming year. They were lenient this past year, forgiving late fees for those who could prove they made the effort to file on time. That won’t be their policy anymore, however, as we’re past the first year of filing.
And if you filed with ExpressACAForms last year, the good news is you’re already a few steps ahead! Since our program is online and cloud-based, rather than a software you have to download and update each year, all of your filing information is saved from year to year. So, when it’s time to file again, all you need to do is update any changes from the year and transmit your return. It’s that simple!

As always, if you have any further questions regarding ACA e-filing, feel free to give us a call! We’re in the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, at (704) 839-2270 and on live chat through our website. We also offer 24/7 customer assistance through our email,

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Monday, August 15, 2016

ExpressACAForms E-filing Features: Postal Mailing

When you plan to e-file your Affordable Care Act Return Forms 1094 and 1095, you probably don’t prepare for much mailing. After all, you’re set up to do everything online - why should you have to mail something out too?

Well, regardless of whether you file your ACA Forms with the IRS by paper or electronically, you do still have some mailing to do. Form 1095 (B and C) has to be mailed to your employees or coverage recipients as well as the IRS. And, starting in 2017, they have to be mailed out two months before your forms are due with the IRS.

Form 1095 Recipient Copies
If you’re an ALE (Applicable Large Employer) filing Form 1095-C for all the employees you offered and provided coverage for throughout the year, you have to send a copy of that form to each of your employees. Likewise, if you’re a healthcare coverage provider filing 1095-B Forms for your clients and your clients’ employees, you need to send a copy of Form 1095-B to each individual offered coverage.

Now pay attention because here’s the important part: these recipient copies of Form 1095-B and 1095-C have to be mailed out by January 31 of the year following the year you’re reporting. So the 1095 Forms for the 2016 tax year must be sent by January 31, 2016.

This past year everyone got a break when the deadline was extended to March 31. However, since individuals need their copy of Form 1095 to complete their personal taxes, the IRS has set it up so that, from now on, Form 1095 is sent out with their W-2s, 1099s, or any other tax documents.

Postal Mailing with ExpressACAForms
At ExpressACAForms, we want to make things simple for you. In fact, we bet you’re probably e-filing so you don’t have to deal with stacks and stacks of paper, right? That’s why ExpressACAForms offers postal mailing, an option where you select for us to send out your Form 1095 recipient copies for you, and all for about what you’d pay for postage yourself.

With the postal mailing feature, ExpressACAForms guarantees your forms are postmarked and mailed by the January deadline. In fact, they’re usually mailed by the next business day after you send in your request.

To set up your order, simply select the postal mailing option on your checkout screen after you’ve entered in all of your ACA filing information. Once you pay and transmit your forms to the IRS, we’ll be alerted that your forms are ready to be sent to your recipients. So, in that way, there’s another added bonus to the postal mailing feature: by utilizing it, your ACA filing with the IRS gets done two months ahead of schedule. Think of how much more you can get done with that extra time!

If you have any questions about the postal mailing feature or e-filing your ACA return with ExpressACAForms, feel free to contact our wonderful support team! We’re US-based and in the offices all year long, not just during tax season. Give us a call at (704) 839-2270 or send us a live chat or email to, and we’ll be happy to help!

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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Adventures of Ace: Ace's Bar-B-Que

Welcome, welcome!

It’s a hot, sunny August day here in the land of ExpressACAForms, and you’re just in time for the bar-b-que Ace is throwing to celebrate (after taking some time for a little R&R, of course) the first ever ACA deadline!

“Ace sure does like throwing barbeques,” Doc said between bites. “He even got a new grill just for the occasion!”

“Well, Doc,” Ace replied, “it’s the perfect time! It’s still warm out, we’ve got a few weeks of summer left. Plus football season is right around the corner, so we’ll grill out a lot for tailga-”

“No need to convince me,” Doc interrupted. “Your burgers are doing a good enough job of that!”

“So, Ace,” an ACA filer and honored barbeque guest began. “Are we really done with 2015 ACA filing? I mean, there isn’t anything else we need to do, is there?”

“Unless you’re still working on any corrections, and as long as your forms have been accepted by the IRS, the 2015 ACA filing is over!” Ace replied amidst cheers.

“But don’t forget,” Ace continued as the clapping died down, “you can still access your ExpressACAForms accounts at any time during the year to go over any information to prep yourselves for next year. And my sidekicks work all year long, not just during tax season, so you can always call them if you need any assis-”

“Yeah, yeah, that’s great Ace,” Doc interrupted. “But, uhh, we’ve run out of ketchup. Could you be a pal and pop over to the supermarket?”

“Oh! Of course! Can’t have a barbeque without ketchup! In the meantime, if you need anything, call my sidekicks,” Ace began as he was taking off.

“Ace, I don’t think they’ll be able to help with barbecue-related things!” Doc called after him.

While we can’t guarantee we can help with your barbeque-related needs, we are here for your ACA ones! If you have any questions, give ExpressACAForms a call. We’re available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET at (704) 839-2270 and through live chat through our website. We also offer 24/7 email assistance at

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Monday, August 1, 2016

What Happens at ExpressACAForms After the Deadline?

It’s officially been a whole month since the 2015 Affordable Care Act filing deadline, and - believe it or not - ExpressACAForms hasn’t slowed down!

Sure, the actual number of forms we’re e-filing with the IRS for our clients has gone down; that’s to be expected when you have awesome clients who file on time. But the work we put into making ExpressACAForms the best e-filing option for Forms 1094 and 1095 hasn’t waned a bit.

We’re Still Helping with Corrections
Some of the errors that cause ACA forms rejections can get complex and time-consuming, especially TIN mismatches. Understandably, you’re already frustrated because you were sure the information you submitted the first time around was correct. And sometimes, even after submitting corrections, you can get another rejection because of a discrepancy in the IRS’s records.

Helping you through the entire correction process is one of the reasons the EACA customer support team is in our South Carolina based office year-round. We want to help make sure your forms are filed and finished, beginning to end, through all the corrections.

We’re Reading Up for Next Year
While the ACA deadline extension this year was a welcome relief for filers, e-file providers, and the IRS alike, it does mean that there’s now less time left for everyone to get themselves together for the 2016 filing season. Then, once January rolls around, we have to deal with the fact that we have half as much time to get ACA filings complete in 2017.

That’s why we’re keeping up to date with IRS news and data regarding 2016 ACA filing. At ExpressACAForms, you can always be sure we’ve got the latest, most secure option in IRS-authorized e-filing software.

We’re Coming Up with New and Better Ways to Help You
Just being up to date with IRS requirements and offering correction assistance aren’t enough to make ExpressACAForms the best and most innovative in ACA e-filing technology. Which is why we also make small tweaks to the program (don’t worry, you can still access and use everything in your account during these updates) during our “off season.” Additionally, keep an eye out for our year-round, full-service Affordable Care Act compliance and e-filing program (coming soon!), which offers even more ACA tools than EACA!

As we said earlier, if you have any questions, the EACA support team is here to help! Give us a call (704-839-2270) or send us a live chat Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT. Or send us an email anytime to

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