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Bob Cummings Reelected as President of NAPBA

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, Health Savings, HRA, HSA,

American Benefits Group CEO and Founder Bob Cummings Reelected as President of NAPBA May 28th 2019 - Bob Cummings has been reelected to serve as President of The National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators (NAPBA). A NAPBA Trustee since 2007, Cummings was first elected NAPBA president in 2015, and has been an instrumental force in the emergence of the Consumer Directed HealthCare industry over the last 20 years, orchestrating the growth of NAPBA as the primary compliance standards and best practice organization for third party employee benefits administrators serving the consumer directed healthcare industry.

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New Jersey Commuter Law

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Category: Commuter, Compliance and Regulatory, Parking, Transit, Transit and Parking Section 132,

On Friday, March 1, 2019, New Jersey became the first state to adopt a commuter benefit ordinance with the passage of S.1567. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S2000/1567_R1.PDF

 While some of the details regarding the implementation are still outstanding, there are a few things we do know.

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IRS Announces 2019 Adjustments

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Category: CDHC, Flexible Spending, IRS, Transit and Parking Section 132,

Today, the IRS announced Revenue Procedure 2018-57 which provides the 2019 cost-of-living increases for inflation for certain items. In 2019, the:

  • Annual healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limits will increase $50 from the current amount of $2,650 to $2,700
  • Monthly limit for transit and parking will increase $5 from the current amount of $260 to $265
  • Annual maximum reimbursement for a qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA) will increase $100 for individual coverage from the current amount of $5,050 to $5,150, and the maximum reimbursement amount will increase $200 for family coverage from the current amount of $10,250 to $10,450

As a reminder, on May 10, 2018, the IRS announced 2019 health savings account (HSA) contributions limit increases. In 2019, the annual HSA contribution limit for individual coverage will increase $50 from the current $3,450 to $3,500, and the family coverage contribution limit will increase $100 from the current $6,900 to $7,000.

If you have any questions, please contact your Service Delivery Manager for more information. 

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ABG Presents Donation to Safe Passage

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The senior management team at American Benefits Group was pleased to present this contribution on July 26th, to Sarah Smith, Director of Development, Safe Passage, an organization dedicated to the prevention and protection from domestic violence. In recognition of ABG being recognized as the 2018 Alegeus APEX winner for Operational Excellence and Efficiency, we were honored to select Safe Passage as our charitable recipient. 

https://safepass.org/about/

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2018 APEX award for Operational Efficiency and Excellence from Alegeus leadership

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA,

American Benefits Group (ABG) of Northampton MA, a leading national benefits service and solution provider in the health benefits industry has been recognized by healthcare benefits payments giant Alegeus as the 2018 APEX Award winner for Operational Efficiency and Excellence. The award was presented at the Alegeus National Conference on May 16th in Orlando Florida.

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HSA Family Maximum Contribution for 2018 to Remain at $6,900

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, Compliance and Regulatory, Health Savings, HSA,

On April 26, 2018, the IRS announced (through Rev. Proc. 2018-27) that the 2018 HSA maximum family contribution is reverting back to the original $6,900. As reported in March the IRS had previously announced a decreased limit of $6,850 (Rev. Proc. 2018-18).

In restating the original limit of $6,900, the IRS shared many reasons for the decision, including taxpayer complaints that the $50 limit reduction imposed “numerous unanticipated administrative and financial burdens” for those that had already maxed out their contributions before the reduction was announced, and administrators who had to modify their systems to reflect the reduction. Most interestingly, some stakeholders had pointed out the fact that Section 223 of the IRC requires the IRS to publish the annual inflation adjustments by June 1 of the preceding calendar year.

As a result of the new announcement, HSA eligible individuals with family coverage may now contribute up to $6,900 for 2018. Employers wanting to take advantage of the increased limit will need to make the appropriate adjustments in their payroll and benefits administration systems, if they had previously change the systems to reflect the $6,850 limit.

A further complication comes with the new announcement: Some employees had already maxed out the $6,900 before the March 5, 2018, reduction announcement. To help the employees avoid the 6 percent excise penalty tax for excess contributions, the employers already completed the corrective action of distributing the excess $50. Now, with the limit back at $6,900, that $50 is no longer considered an excess contribution. If the $50 was associated with employer contributions or employee pretax contributions, it would now be considered a nonqualified distribution, subject to a 20 percent excise penalty tax (plus income tax). To avoid the tax, the employees will need to work with the employer and HSA bank/trustee to repay the $50 to the HSA. The repayment will need to take place by April 15, 2019. Again, this last complication only applies to those employees who maxed out their contribution prior to March 5, 2018, due to employer or employee pretax contributions and whose employers had already refunded the excess $50 to them. 

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IRS Announces Change to 2018 Family HSA Contribution Limit

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Category: Cafeteria Plans, Compliance and Regulatory, HSA, IRS,

On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2018-18 (as part of Bulletin 2018-10). Due to changes made in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017 tax reform), certain adjustments needed to be made to inflation amounts. One of those adjustments is to the annual family contribution for HSA's in 2018. The family max contribution is decreased from $6,900 to $6,850. The single contribution limit remains unchanged at $3,450.

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IRS and DOL Publish Guidance for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, IRS,

Similar to action taken a few weeks ago in response to Hurricane Harvey, the IRS and DOL both recently published guidance containing certain relief for those individuals and businesses in Hurricane Irma’s path.

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IRS and DOL Publish Guidance for Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

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Category: COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory,

The IRS and DOL both recently published guidance containing some relief for those individuals and businesses in designated Texas counties that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Specifically, the IRS offered extensions for certain tax filing deadlines that applies automatically to any individual or business who resides with the affected Texas counties (as outlined in the notice). As a result, if a form was due on or after Aug. 23, 2017, the form is now due on Jan. 31, 2018. The relief would apply to those employers that may have previously applied for a Form 5500 filing extension (either automatically or via Form 5558), as well as for any quarterly payroll/employment/excise tax filings due. Employers should work with their broker and/or professional accountant (or outside tax counsel) when it comes to appropriately filing extensions.

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Fighting for Commuter Benefits in Tax Reform

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Category: Compliance and Regulatory, Parking, Transit, Transit and Parking Section 132,

The new Congress and particularly the House Ways & Means Committee continue work on legislation to simplify and reform the tax code. One potential provision could be the elimination of the Commuter Benefit (IRC Section 132(f)). The threat of eliminating the parking and transit benefit is real and the consequences are significant.

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Use commuter benefits cards to pay for uberPOOL and Lyft Line rides

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Category: Commuter, Parking, Transit, Transit and Parking Section 132,

American Benefits Group, a leading national provider of pre-tax commuter benefits announces a new addition to our commuter benefits program. We have recently partnered with Uber and Lyft to offer a solution that will allow employees to pay for uberPOOL and Lyft Line rides with their ABG Prepaid MasterCard and the Commuter Check Prepaid MasterCard. Beginning immediately, employees can use their Commuter Benefit to pay for uberPOOL and Lyft Line rides to commute to and from work.

Download uberPOOL flyer
Download Lyft Line flyer 

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IRS Announces 2017 Health FSA and Commuter Plan Limits

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Category: Commuter, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Transit and Parking Section 132,

On October 26, 2016, the IRS announced the 2017 annual inflation adjustments, which included increased limits for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) under an IRC §125 cafeteria plan. The Parking and Transit limits for 2017 remain the same.

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Getting a Grasp on the New Health-benefits Reporting Rules

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Category: ACA, Compliance and Regulatory,

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Getting a Grasp on the New Health-benefits Reporting Rules

BusinessWest on January 12, 2016 in Banking and Financial Services

Delayed Reaction

By BOB CUMMINGS

tl_files/content/about/Bios/RCummings_Head.jpgFor many employers, their first challenge with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be compliance with the new reporting requirements.

Under the ACA, the Internal Revenue Code added IRS Section 6056, which requires ‘applicable large employers’ to file information returns with the IRS and provide statements to their full-time employees about the health-insurance coverage that the employer offered. Under the terms of the ACA, an applicable large employer generally means an employer that had 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees) in the preceding calendar year.

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ACA Reporting and HRAs

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Category: ACA, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, HRA, IRS,

Section 6056 Update

Good news!  The IRS has changed their position on both of these issues!
 
We just received final 2015 versions of the instructions for Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C.
 
Reporting HRA Coverage
In the instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B, the IRS states:

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Robert Cummings Elected President of NAPBA

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Category: CDHC, Flexible Spending, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings,

Northampton - Robert Cummings, CEO and founder of American Benefits Group of Northampton, Massachusetts, has been elected President of the National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators (NAPBA) . . .

 

Published in The Republican, Business Monday - http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/07/people_in_business_robert_cummings_of_am.html

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