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Affordable Care Act and Employers

Understanding Affordable and Minimum Value Coverage Under the ACA In general, under the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act, an applicable large employer may either offer affordable minimum essential coverage that provides minimum value to its full-time employees and their dependents or potentially owe an employer shared responsibility payment to the IRS….

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FBAR and FATCA June Filing Requirements

Taxpayers with Foreign Assets May Have FBAR and FATCA Filing Requirements in June IR-2015-86, June 10, 2015 — The IRS reminds all taxpayers with an FBAR filing requirement to report their foreign assets by the June 30 deadline. FBAR refers to Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. New YouTube Videos, Online Resources…

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HR Gear Receives Apex Award

The 2015 APEX Awards have been released, and HRgear.com is proud to announce that among the 1,851 entries, we have been recognized in the category of WordPress Sites. Now in its 28th year, the APEX Awards recognize  Publication Excellence in online design, social media, graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications. For more information about…

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Official IRS Statement on the Data Breach

IRS Statement on the “Get Transcript” Application Español The IRS has announced that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address. These third parties gained sufficient information from…

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USCIS Suspends Premium Processing of Stay H-1B Petitions

Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. During this time frame, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an…

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SBA Website en Español

New Spanish Language SBA Website We are excited to share the new Spanish language SBA website. Utilize thousands of business resources now en Español! https://es.sba.gov/  …

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Affordable Care Act Webinars

Affordable Care Act 101 SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Webinars for Small Employers Topics covered include cost containment, the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit,…

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ACA FAQs

Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs (Part XXVI) The Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration has posted new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments). See the FAQs…

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Special Enrollment Period

The Special Enrollment Period ends Thursday, April 30. If you owed the fee for not having coverage in 2014, take advantage of this chance to get covered for 2015. To beat the deadline, you must enroll by April 30.  Get covered, avoid the fee. The fee for people who don’t have health coverage increases in…

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New Rules for the H-2B Visa Program Announced

In response to recent court decisions that have created significant uncertainty around the H-2B temporary foreign nonagricultural worker program, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security have announced an interim final rule to reinstate and make improvements to the program and a final rule to establish the prevailing wage methodology for that program. These…

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