About Bill Brown - Ardent Solutions, LLC

William (Bill) C. Brown is a partner and consultant with Ardent Solutions, LLC. Bill is involved in all aspects of marketing, negotiation, compliance, design, and financial analysis of benefit programs and has over ten years experience with employee welfare and fringe benefits plans, as well as retirement plans. He has managed care experience, expertise in ASO contracts, and alternatively funded group insurance programs. Bill achieved a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin where he was also captain of the men’s soccer team. He is currently pursuing the designation of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).

DRAFT FORMS FOR 2018 ACA REPORTING RELEASED

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The IRS released most draft 2018 forms for ACA reporting under Code Sections 6055 and 6056. A 2018 draft version of Form 1095-B and draft instructions for these forms have not yet been released. The draft 2018 forms are substantially similar to the final 2017 versions. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the draft forms.

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Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?

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Employers should be aware of the different federal employment laws that may apply to their company, such as the FMLA, the Equal Pay Act and COBRA. This Compliance Overview Which Federal Employment Laws Apply To My Company provides a high-level overview of key federal employment laws and explains which employers they apply to.

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IRS Issues New Tools for 2018 Tax Withholding

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As of Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables, which reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on Jan. 9, 2018. On Feb. 28, 2018, the IRS also released a revised Form W-4 and a new Withholding Calculator to reflect the changes. This Compliance Bulletin provides general information about these new tax withholding tools.

IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Withholding

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Starting Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables, which reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on Jan. 9, 2018. This Compliance Bulletin provides information about the new tables and the IRS’s plans to release additional guidance on income-tax withholding under the new tax law.

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Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes

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On Jan. 22, 2018, President Trump signed into law a short-term continuing spending resolution to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts three ACA taxes and fees – the Cadillac tax, the health insurance providers fee, and the medical device excise tax. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of how these ACA taxes and fees are affected.

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NLRB Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard

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On Dec. 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled its “indirect control” joint employer standard and reverted to the previous “direct control” standard. This NLRB decision does not require immediate action from employers. However, employers should review their current business practices and identify whether they are at risk of being considered a joint employer under the new standard.

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FURNISHING DEADLINE DELAYED FOR 2017 ACA REPORTING

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On Dec. 22, 2017, the IRS issued Notice 2018-06, which extended the 2017 deadline for furnishing statements to individuals under Sections 6055 and 6056. Notice 2018-06 also extended good-faith relief from penalties for 2017 reporting. However, the notice does not extend the due date for filing forms with the IRS for 2017. This ACA Bulletin outlines the new due date and additional guidance in this notice.

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In 2018, 19 States Will Adopt New Minimum Wage Rates. Does This Impact Your Clients?

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have announced higher minimum wage rates for 2018. While most of these new rates will be effect at the beginning of the year, three will change during the summer months. This Compliance Bulletin presents an overview of the minimum wage rates expected for 2018 across the United States.

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IRS REVERSES POLICY ON CERTIFYING INDIVIDUAL MANDATE COMPLIANCE

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On Oct. 13, 2017, the IRS reversed a recent policy change on how it monitors compliance with the ACA’s individual mandate. For 2017 tax returns, the IRS will not accept electronic tax returns, and may suspend paper returns, that do not certify compliance with the individual mandate. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of this change.

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