ACA Penalties: The Heat is On!

Date: August 31, 2021

Topic: Benefit News, Health Care Reform

With the latest Supreme Court decision, the continued sun setting of good faith relief, and with no statute of limitation for employer penalty enforcement, more and more employers are feeling the heat that comes with the issuance of stiff, signifi...

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A Year in Review: Account Services and COBRA

Date: August 25, 2021

Topic: Company News

Each year, Baker Tilly Vantagen strives to improve the quality of all of our services. Year-over-year, our account based services take the cake when compared to industry leaders. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing regulations th...

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Baker Tilly Vantagen Named a 2020 Circle of Excellence Partner by WEX

Date: June 4, 2021

Topic: Company News

Baker Tilly Vantagen has been named a 2020 Circle of Excellence Partner by the Health division of WEX, a leading financial technology service provider across a wide spectrum of sectors. The recognition was announced at WEX SPARK 2021, the Health d...

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NEWSFLASH! IRS ANNOUNCES INCREASE TO HSA CONTRIBUTION LIMITS

Date: May 13, 2021

Topic: Benefits Administration, Benefits News

The IRS announced an increase to the maximum HSA contribution limits for the 2022 calendar year in Revenue Procedure 2021-25. The individual contribution limit has been raised from $3,600 to $3,650. The family contribution limit has been raise...

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ARPA COBRA Premium Subsidy Model Notices Released by DOL

Date: April 8, 2021

Topic: Benefit News, Benefits Administration

The Department of Labor has released the highly anticipated FAQs and model notices for the COBRA Premium Subsidy enacted by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). We are actively reviewing these documents and measuring their impact on our ARPA COBRA...

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2021 Dependent Care FSA limit increase

Date: March 24, 2021

Topic: Benefits Administration, Benefits News, BeneTips

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), signed into law on March 11, 2021, permits employers to increase the annual limit on contributions to Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts.  The new Dependent Care FSA annual limit for 2021 pretax...

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COVID-19-Related COBRA Relief Update

Date: March 10, 2021

Topic: Benefits Administration, Benefits News

EBSA Relief Notice 2020-01 and the “Join Notice” regarding benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak issued by the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, and Internal Revenue Service provide...

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IRS Releases 2021 Benefit Plan Limits and Thresholds

Date: November 13, 2020

Topic: Benefit News

The IRS has just released the 2021 benefit plan limits and thresholds. Some items included in this release were announced earlier this year, including an increase to the annual HSA maximum contributions and a $50 increase to the rollover allowance...

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IRS Provides Limited Relief for Information Reporting

Date: October 12, 2020

Topic: Benefits News

The IRS recently announced that it was extending the issuance deadline for 2020 Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C to March 2, 2021. Due dates for other reporting requirements, such as filing 2020 Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C with the IRS hav...

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DOL Issues New Guidance on FFCRA Child Care Leave

Date: September 30, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, HR Consulting

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently added to its list of FAQs concerning leave under the FFCRA, specifically tackling leave questions related to children’s remote learning programs. The DOL’s guidance initially stated that an employee ...

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Planning for Open Enrollment in a Socially Distant World

Date: July 21, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, BeneTips

The COVID-19 pandemic has many businesses operating differently – workforces are now positioned remotely whenever possible and some employers are doing more with less either to comply or out of necessity.  “Bricks and mortar” facilities...

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Image of American Flag and LGBTQ flag in the hand of an onlooker of the Supreme Court. Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN / REUTERS

The Verdict is in: Supreme Court Rules on Title VII Protections

Date: June 25, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, Health Care Reform

On June 15th, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition against sex-based discrimination in employment set forth in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes sexual orientation and gender identity-based discriminati...

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