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Upcoming ACA and Medicare Filing Deadlines

Upcoming ACA Reporting Deadlines

Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 for the 2021 calendar year is due in early 2022. Specifically, reporting entities must:

  • Furnish statements to individuals by March 2, 2022; and
  • File returns with the IRS by Feb. 28, 2022 (or March 31, 2022, if filing electronically).

A proposed rule issued on Nov. 22, 2021, and mentioned in our Dec. HR update, extended the annual furnishing deadlines under both Sections 6055 and 6056 for an additional 30 days. This rule is in proposed form and has not been finalized. However, the IRS has since stated that reporting entities may rely on the proposed rule for 2021 reporting, even before it is finalized. Reporting entities are still generally encouraged to furnish statements to individuals as soon as they are able.

The proposed rule did not extend the due date for filing Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C or 1095-C with the IRS. This due date remains Feb. 28, if filing on paper, or March 31, if filing electronically. Because the due dates are unchanged, potential automatic extensions of time for filing information returns are still available under the normal rules by submitting Form 8809. Additional extensions of time to file may also be available under certain hardship conditions.

Additionally, for each prior year of reporting, the IRS has provided transitional good faith penalty relief for reporting entities that could show that they made good faith efforts to comply with the information reporting requirements. However, the transitional good faith relief from penalties for reporting incorrect or incomplete information on information returns or statements is not available for reporting for tax year 2021 and subsequent years.

Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2022 for Calendar Year Plans

Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable.

This disclosure requirement applies when an employer-sponsored group health plan provides prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for coverage under Medicare Part D.

The plan sponsor must complete the online disclosure within 60 days after the beginning of the plan year. For calendar year health plans, the deadline for the annual online disclosure is March 1, 2022.

Employer Takeaway
To determine whether the CMS reporting requirement applies, employers should verify whether their group health plans cover any Medicare-eligible individuals (including active employees, disabled employees, COBRA participants, retirees and their covered spouses and dependents) at the start of each plan year, and whether their coverage is creditable or non-creditable.

They should also visit CMS’s creditable coverage website, which includes links to the online disclosure form and related instructions.

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