by Michael Lodge
If you own a business you need to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect your business and how it will adjust your business tax return. You need to examine your workforce and the reporting requirements.
Two parts of the Affordable Care Act apply only to applicable large employers. These are the employer shared responsibility provisions and the employer information reporting provisions for offers of minimum essential coverage.
Whether an employer is an ALE (Applicable Large Employer) is determined each calendar year, and generally depends on the average size of an employer’s workforce during the prior year.
How to Determine Workforce Size
To determine your workforce size for a year, you add your total number of full-time employees for each month of the prior calendar year to the total number of full-time equivalent employees for each calendar month of the prior calendar year and divide that total number by 12. If the result is 50 or more employees, you are an applicable large employer.
Fewer than 50 Employees
If you have fewer than 50 full-time employees – including full-time equivalent employees – on average during the prior year, you are not an ALE for the current calendar year. Therefore, you are not subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions or the employer information reporting provisions for the current year.
However, if your organization sponsors a self-insured health plan that provides minimum essential coverage, you do have certain reporting requirements.
50 or More Employees
If you have at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, on average during the prior year, you are an ALE for the current calendar year. If so, you are therefore subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions and the employer information reporting provisions.