Now that the midterm elections are in the rearview mirror and a Democrat-controlled House has halted any imminent threats to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s time to regroup and shed some light on common misconceptions about the health care law. If there’s one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it’s that the past nearly two years of the Trump Administration have been replete with health care confusion.
According to the ACA, there are two types of penalties: Penalty A is for ALEs who failed to offer health care coverage to its employees to at least 95% of employees (70% in 2015). Penalty B is triggered if the ALE has failed to make an offer of healthcare coverage that meets the minimum value and affordability requirements.
Whatever is your response, the IRS will acknowledge your response to Letter 226-J with Letter 227. The following are the versions of Letter 227:
It’s important to note that Letter 226-J is not a bill. Treat this more like an inquiry letter and you have an opportunity for clarification. Read the letter carefully and note the deadline to respond, which is usually within 30 days. Consult your ACA compliance advisor who can help prepare a response. Review Form 14765 that is attached along with Letter 226-J and provides a summary of all calculations. You can either a) Accept the calculations mentioned in the letter, or b) Correct the information provided if you find factual errors, or c) Disagree that you owe anything altogether and proceed with appeals process as per the IRS process.
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