GASB’s Leases Proposal

In February, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) issued an Exposure Draft on Project No. 3-24E, Leases. Following the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board, the GASB Exposure Draft would move most leases onto the balance sheets of governmental entities. Unlike the FASB, the GASB proposed a single lease model. The proposal does include an exception for short-term leases. The proposed effective date is for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018;  earlier application would be permitted. Scope The proposal does not apply to lease contracts for intangible assets (including lease contracts for exploration of natural. Read More.

Proposed Changes to EEO-1 Reporting Will Require Pay Data

On February 1st, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued proposed rulemaking that revises the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) data collection requirements to now include pay data. The EEOC proposes using the additional pay information to address workplace pay disparity issues. Details on the EEOC’s proposal can be found in the February edition of Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting ’s Compensations & Human Capital Update .

North Carolina Sales & Use Tax Update

If you live or conduct business in North Carolina, you may be affected by recent updates to the sales and use tax code. The law has been amended to subject sales of repair, maintenance and installation services occurring on or after March 1, 2016, to sales and use tax. Activities newly subject to the tax include, but are not limited to, preventative maintenance, calibration, restoration, troubleshooting and installation related to tangible personal property or motor vehicles, including separately stated installation charges that were previously exempt under North Carolina statutes. However, tangible personal property installed by a real property contractor pursuant. Read More.

ACA Market Reforms & Other ACA Provisions

Notice 2015-87, Further Guidance on the Application of the Group Health Plan Market Reform Provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Employer-Provided Health Coverage and on Certain Other Affordable Care Act Provisions, addresses a variety of issues and Affordable Care Act (ACA) applications. Read More

Legislation Delays Related to the ACA

Among the tax reductions enacted in December were the postponement of the effective dates of the “Cadillac Tax,” Health Insurance Industry Tax and Medical Device Tax. Read More

ACA Reporting Challenges? Cherry Bekaert Can Help

Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting now offers ACA Compli, an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Reporting solution that combines forms & filing technology with consulting services that can assist you with: Understanding the reporting requirements and minimizing the associated penalties Completing and submitting Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Confirming which employees need statements for 2015 Determining Minimum Value and affordability safe harbors, if appropriate For more information on ACA Compli or any other ACA issues, please contact  Kyle Frigon .

IRS Extends Deadlines For 2015 Affordable Care Act Reporting

On December 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2016-4 , which extends the deadlines for filing information returns required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the IRS and issuing individual statements to employees about health coverage. As a result of this transition relief and for the 2015 information returns, the IRS will NOT grant any additional extensions of time as originally outlined in the Form 1095-B and 1095-C instructions. Impact on Employers and Coverage Providers The transition relief provided by Notice 2016-4 extends the due dates for reporting Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) information under IRC 6055 (Individual Mandate). Read More.

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