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… ObamaCrapCare [Employer Justification to IRS] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 11th,2014

.. I went back and dug up this CNS article . It is about a year old , but it is more relevant than ever ….

.. It is the proposed rule that I believe syndicated columnist Marc Thiessen was referring to when he made his appearance tonight on the “Kelly File” on FoxNewsChannel . The proposed rule (in that article) is the one that the IRS has made final , now . Yea , it is micromanaging of a Business ‘ hiring and firing and staffing decisions , making them subject to the audit of the Infernal Revenue Service …

.. [h/t — CNSnews]..
.. [link] to the article..

( – The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with clever schemes to avoid Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue “anti-abuse rules” to discourage employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes. “The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under which employers might use temporary staffing agencies (or other staffing agencies)… to evade application of section 4980H [the employer insurance mandate],” the IRS said in a proposed regulatory announcement issued December 28.

The IRS said it would issue a so-called “anti-abuse rule” in an attempt to prevent employers from using temp agencies to circumvent the mandate, essentially writing into law that even though an employer hires temporary workers and therefore is not technically under the mandate’s jurisdiction, the IRS would fine them anyway for not providing health insurance. “It is anticipated that the final regulations will contain an anti-abuse rule,” the agency said. “Under that anticipated rule, if an individual performs services as an employee of an employer, and also performs the same or similar services for that employer in the individual’s purported employment at a temporary staffing agency or other staffing agency of which the employer is a client, then all the hours of service are attributed to the employer for purposes of applying section 4980H.”

In other words, if an employer hires someone part-time, then uses an employment agency to bring the same person on for a second part-time shift, the IRS will still hold the employer liable under the ObamaCare mandate. Similarly, IRS said that if an employer hires the same person for two part-time stints by using two different employment agencies, it will hold either the employer or one of the employment agencies liable for the mandate’s penalties. The issue stems from the employer health insurance mandate in Obamacare, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide government-approved, affordable health insurance to at least 95 percent of their employees (and dependents). If any of those employees receives government health insurance subsidies, the IRS will fine the employer up to $2,000 per employee, according to a formula outlined by the IRS.

The warning is part of proposed regulations from the IRS outlining how employers must determine whether they meet the 50 full-time-employee threshold and whether the insurance they offer meets government standards. The IRS said that a full-time employee is one who works an average of 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month, roughly 6 hours of paid service per weekday. The IRS also said that in order for an employer’s health insurance plan to pass muster with the government, it must be available to 95 percent of employees and cost no more than 9.5 percent of an employee’s wages. The agency specified that employers could still fall under the mandate if they employ enough part-time workers to equal 50 full-time workers. For example, if an employer has 40 full-time workers and 20 part-time workers, that employer would be considered by the government to have 50 full-time workers and would be subject to the mandate because the 20 part-time workers average to 10 full-time workers – meeting the 50 full-time-worker threshold.

.. LEC here again — I found a news article at AccountingToday , which sets things out pretty simply . The link to the piece is [here] …

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… the Consequences of ObamaCrapCare , continued …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 11th,2013

Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Food Markets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. well , ObamaCrapCare has struck again ! ..

.. It appears that there is a well – known regional grocery chain , known as Wegman ‘ s . It is well – known in its local area , especially where it is apparently based in upstate New York , near Buffalo .  A lot of their people supported ObamaCrapCare , until …

[Wegmans Grocery Chain Cuts Benefits, ObamaCare Blamed]

[h/t viralread]

.. An upstate New York grocery chain that had been praised for offering health insurance to its part-time employees will eliminate those benefits as a result of the federal health-care law passed in 2010.

.. “Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act,” the Buffalo News reported late Wednesday. Under the so-called ObamaCare law, “part-time employees are not eligible for health insurance subsidies if their employer offers insurance,” the newspaper noted. By eliminating the employer-provided benefit, Wegmans makes its part-time employees eligible for government coverage funded by taxpayers.

.. The Rochester-based Wegmans issued a statement to the News: “As a private company, we don’t share specifics of our employee benefits programs. It’s a given that health care reform will result in some changes to our benefits program, but it will not change our commitment to meeting the needs of our employees.”

.. Wegmans employs more than 40,000 people at 81 stores in six states, including more than 4,000 workers in upstate New York

and , from the Buffalo News

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