After a long primary season, it appears that the American people will have a choice between Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, and Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee. Despite the relative uniqueness of each candidate, there’s an old proverb that says the only thing we learn from new elections is that we learned nothing from the last one. In the summer of 2016, we once again face an election where the winner may dictate the future of health care in this country. It is important to understand each candidate’s stance on health care.
As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of the many excise taxes imposed by this act is again quickly approaching. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee is an excise tax imposed on health insurance issuers and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans effective for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2012. The fee is calculated at $2.08 per covered life for plan years ending after Oct. 1, 2014 but before Oct. 1, 2015 and increases to $2.17 per covered life for those plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2015 and before Oct. 1, 2016. This fee is due by July 31 each year with increases corresponding to the medical inflation rate all the way through the 2019 plan year.
The IRS recently released Notice 2016-4 in which the Service has extended the due date for companies required to distribute Forms 1095-B Health Coverage, or 1095-C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. Employers and insurance providers alike will now have until March 31, 2016 to distribute Forms 1095 to their respective individuals, the previous deadline was February 1, 2016. The timing for filing these forms with the IRS has also been extended from February 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016, and slightly longer for those companies required to submit their forms electronically. The automatic extension was granted to provide companies additional time to implement the new systems and procedures necessary to accurately report health care coverage information to the individuals and the Service.
The IRS has released finalized versions of two important tax forms that employers and all health insurance providers will need to file for the 2015 calendar year.
Individuals who participate in a health insurance plan with a "high deductible" are permitted a tax deduction for contributions to qualified HSAs.