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IRS Extension of QSEHRA Notice

Posted by Kevin Quigley on Sep 12 2017
Kevin Quigley

 Are you are an employer with less than 50 employees, not subject to ACA coverage requirements, and do not offer a group health plan to any employees? If so then you can offer pre-tax contribution for insurance premiums and health expenses to eligible employees, know as a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). QSEHRA is a useful option for small business owners, and makes it easier to reimburse employees for individual insurance plans on a pre-tax basis. 

Filling out cluttered tax forms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently extended the deadline for employers to provide the initial employee notice for a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). They issued the extension in late February under Notice 2017-20. 

The IRS extended the deadline to provide eligible employers more time to complete the initial required written notice. Now an eligible employer that provides a QSEHRA to its eligible employees for 2017 is not required to provide the initial written notice to those employees until after further guidance has been issued by the IRS. That further guidance will specify a deadline for providing the initial written notice that is no earlier than May 28, 2017. 

Download our Comparison Chart of QSEHRA's, FSA's, HRA's, and HSA's

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Topics: Employee Benefits, ACA Compliance


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