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IRS: Opt-Out Arrangement Rules To Be Finalized ‘At A Later Time’

In July 2016, the IRS released a proposed rule addressing how opt-out arrangements--arrangements whereby an employer offers its employees a cash payment in exchange for declining coverage under an employer-sponsored plan--are to be taken into account for purposes of determining whether the coverage is affordable under certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. While the [...]

Certain Small Employer HRAs Exempt From ACA Market Reforms

A new law allows certain small employers--those with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees who do not offer a group health plan--to offer new "qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements" to reimburse employees for qualified medical expenses, including individual health insurance premiums, for years after December 31, 2016. The law also includes a notice requirement [...]

Tax Filing Season Is Upon Us

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that tax season will begin Monday, January 23, 2017. The filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Tax Season Begins January 23 The IRS will begin accepting electronic tax returns on January 23, 2017. Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting [...]

New State Wage Rates in 2017

The minimum wage saw an increase in a number of states at the start of 2017. Unless otherwise noted, the following minimum wage rates (per hour) went into effect on January 1, 2017: Alaska: $9.80 Arizona: $10.00 Arkansas: $8.50 for employers with 4 or more employees California: $10.50 for employers with 26 or more employees (for smaller employers, [...]

The Day The Internet Stood Still

It’s almost 2017 and, today, even toasters are connected to the internet. We call it IOT – or “internet of things” – and, in case you haven’t heard, it’s the latest technology wave to hit consumer electronics. Cisco estimates that by 2020, there could be anywhere from 50 to 200 billion internet-connected devices in use. [...]

Ecommerce Starts and Ends Here

Selling products online is an important part of running a business. Some businesses are entirely online, allowing for business owners to operate from anywhere at any time. To nobody's surprise, ecommerce accounts for more and more purchases every year and is only expected to grow in the coming years. Because of the complexity of selling [...]

Visa Tackles the Biggest EMV Issue

EMV has rolled out to stores and credit card terminals around the world. It’s the new standard for secure transactions, and people are encouraged to use their chip-enabled cards whenever they have the option. One of the major complaints about EMV (it may be the only complaint, really) is how long it takes to run [...]

Your Business is Live Now

Facebook is a great place to get engagement with potential customers. From ads to boosted posts and Call To Actions, Facebook is definitely a place for business, and new features are being added every day to make advertising feel less like advertising and more like natural communication with people you do business with. Facebook's latest [...]