Penalties Delayed for Mid-Size Employers Until 2016

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Todd Tigges, CPA at UHY Advisors MI, Inc. discusses the new changes to the Affordable Care Act.

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Late afternoon on February 10, 2014, just seven months after its initial delay, the Treasury Department has granted additional transition relief from the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Now, mid-sized employers (defined as those with 50 to 99 full-time employees) will be given until January 1, 2016 before the employer mandate takes full effect.

Large employers (with 100 or more full-time employees) will still be subject to the penalty provisions beginning January 1, 2015 which requires employers to offer an affordable and acceptable health care plan or face significant penalties. Those penalties can be up to $2,000 per full-time employee, per year, or the lessor of $3,000 per year for those employees receiving federal subsidies through the exchange program. In order to avoid having to pay this penalty, those large employers must offer health care coverage to at least 70% of their full-time equivalent employees in 2015 and at least 95% in 2016 and beyond.

For more information or questions on this topic, please contact your professional at UHY LLP in Farmington Hills 248 355 1040 or Sterling Heights 586 254 1040 or visit us on the web at


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UHY Advisors provides tax and consulting services to a variety of sectors. UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to public and private companies. UHY Advisors FLVS provides forensic, valuation, intellectual property, electronic discovery and international arbitration services to law firms and their clients. Many of these services grew from client business needs and their requests for assistance in a variety of areas of expertise.

UHY Advisors, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service.” To learn more, visit

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UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are U.S. members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

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