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Federal income tax filing due July 15

The Treasury Department and IRS announced that April 15, the traditional federal income tax filing due date, is extended until July 15, 2020, amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is an automatic change for all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations,...

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Understand 2020 Form W-4 changes

The IRS released the 2020 Form W-4 in December, which replaced the familiar method of withholding allowances. Rather than list a withholding number (e.g., zero, one, two), employees now provide requested cost estimates for children and other dependents, as applicable.

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DOL releases additional information on small business FFCRA exemption

Within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which takes affect today, there is an exemption option for employers with fewer than 50 employees whose business viability would be impacted due to the FFCRA employer requirements.

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DOL releases required FFCRA model notice

As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers with fewer than 500 employees must post a Department of Labor (DOL) model notice informing employees of their rights to emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave for reasons linked to COVID-19.

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What to know about coronavirus-related insurance claims

The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact day-to-day business, and employers are seeking clarity on coronavirus-related insurance claims. Below, we have outlined basic guidance regarding coronavirus for workers’ compensation, business income insurance and health insurance.

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Congress passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a package of provisions providing relief to workers and families. The law, which took effect April 1, provides paid sick leave, free coronavirus testing,...

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Health insurance carriers prepare for coronavirus

As confirmed coronavirus cases hit the Kansas City area, health insurance carriers are releasing provisions to help protect and care for their members. Below is a list of specific actions taken by major carriers.

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Aetna announces prescription drug list changes

Changes to affect Aetna Value Plus and Advanced Control-Aetna members

Effective April 1, 2020, Aetna will utilize an updated Value Plus formulary and Advanced Control-Aetna formulary. The Aetna Standard formulary for self-insured members remains unchanged. 

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Know your 1095-B reporting responsibilities

Self-funded employers under 50 are required to submit 1094-B and 1095-B reporting forms to the IRS and distribute forms to employees despite the 2019 repeal of the individual mandate. 1094-B and 1095-B reporting forms are due to the IRS February 28, 2020, and employees should receive forms by...

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Employers must utilize updated Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated paper and electronic editions of Form I-9. Employers must begin using the new form by May 1, 2020. Until then, employers can choose to use the Form I-9 dated July 17, 2017, or the new edition dated October 21, 2019. As a...

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