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Laurie Savage

Laurie Savage is a compliance professional and subject matter expert on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Paychex Inc. Specializing in Health Care Reform at both the state and federal level, since 2007, she has helped Paychex assess the regulatory and legislative implications that affect their clientele. Additionally, Laurie has also been called upon to research and vet due diligence efforts for both domestic and international opportunities for her organization. For over 13 years, Laurie has focused on compliance and risk management principles while ensuring her company meets industry standards.

Laurie holds a master’s degree in Labor and Policy Studies from the State University of New York and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

 

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Treasury Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Executive Memorandum

President Trump signed three memoranda and one executive order aimed at providing Americans expanded financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic after Congress failed to reach an agreement on a stimulus bill. The Treasury provided guidance Aug. 28 for the payroll tax deferral.

What is the Employee Retention Credit? How It Works and What Businesses Qualify

The CARES Act contains a provision allowing certain employers to claim a tax credit for retaining employees during the crisis. The employee retention credit allows eligible employers to claim a credit against 50 percent of wages paid per quarter, up to $10,000 per employee annually for wages paid between March 13, 2020 and the end of the year.

Health Benefits Implications of Reduction of Hours, Furloughs, and Layoffs Created by Coronavirus Pandemic

As businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including evaluating staffing needs, one of the potential unintended consequence of reducing working hours or furloughing employees is the impact on health benefits.

U.S. DOL’s Temporary Rule Addresses Court Decision on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The FFCRA dedicates tens of billions of dollars for paid sick and family leave, unemployment insurance, free COVID-19 testing, and other measures to help Americans impacted by the pandemic. A recent court decision in New York invalidated some provisions, but the U.S. Department of Labor responded with a Temporary Rule to offer additional guidance.

2020 W-4 Changes and How to Fill Out the New Form

The 2020 Form W-4 has undergone significant changes to more closely align the withholding to the changes in the tax law. Here is a step-by-step process detailing how to fill out the new form properly.

Washington State Mandates Paid Family and Medical Leave for Almost All Businesses

The state of Washington has begun administering a Paid Family and Medical Leave program, leaving employers with new requirements, as well as potential questions about how to remain compliant.

Update: Implementation of Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Delayed Until October 2019

Weeks from implementation of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program, Gov. Charlie Baker, along with state house and senate leadership, agreed to implement a three-month delay until Oct. 1, 2019. Massachusetts is one of six states to have enacted a paid family and medical leave law.

Update: IRS Extends Good-Faith Transition Relief for 2019, and Other Facts about Enforcement of ESR Provisions

Employers should be prepared for what to expect from the IRS if they did not meet the requirements under the Employer Shared Responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Update: Massachusetts “Grand Bargain” Includes New PFML Law, but Program Implementation Might be Delayed

Massachusetts passed legislation to provide paid family and medical leave, and to make changes to the state wage and hour provisions. The law went in to effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Affordable Care Act Remains in Effect, Along with ESR Provision, After Appeals Court Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a District Court decision in Texas v. U.S. that rendered the Affordable Care Act individual mandate unconstitutional. They remanded the case back to the lower court for further analysis. However, the court of appeals did not invalidate the rest of law, so employers still have to meet obligations under the law.

(Update) Paid Family Medical Leave Act Tax Credit Extended to Employers through 2020

The tax credit employers can claim - up to 25 percent of what they pay workers under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act - has been extended through 2020.

IRS Guidance Limits State SALT Workaround

Last year's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects individuals in high-tax states who itemize deductions, limiting the SALT deduction. Get more details in this article.

IRS Proposes Regulations on New Tax Deduction for Some Qualified Business Profits

The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the new tax deduction for certain qualified business profits on entities other than C-corporations. The change was contained in the federal tax overhaul passed late last year.

Final Rule Extends Usage Period for Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Plans

Employers may feel a significant indirect impact from the final rule on short-term, limited-duration health plans, as it could affect employees' healthcare needs and health insurance markets nationwide.

U.S. DOL Issues Final Rule on Association Health Plans

Following the DOL's ruling last week on association health plans, these types of plans could now be easier to form, and give employers another option to support their workers' health care needs. But there are many details around AHPs. Learn more about them now.

[Updated] IRS Releases Draft of New Form W-4 for 2019

Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and IRS are postponing a release of substantial changes to the W-4, which were originally anticipated in 2019.

New Jersey Becomes Second State to Enact its Own Individual Mandate

Uncertainty about federal changes to the Affordable Care Act has spurred state-level efforts to structure and stabilize their health care markets. New Jersey is the latest, with the recent passage of its individual mandate requirement. Read on for important details.

ACA Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 Make Slight Modifications to ACA Rules

A recent Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 modifies rules related to the Affordable Care Act, and further shifts decisions back to the states. This article explains in detail how such developments may impact employees' demand for access to employer-sponsored health benefits.

ACA Individual Mandate Penalty Reduced to $0 in 2019

Part of the tax reform law includes negating the individual mandate penalty to zero beginning next year. But some states are working to create their own version of an individual mandate as a way to keep up the numbers of people covered by health insurance. Here are some important details.

TIGTA Report on IRS Processes to Identify Businesses Subject to Employer Shared Responsibility Payments

Following findings from a recent audit report, employers should expect the IRS to ramp up efforts to attain data and tighten processes around ESR penalties. Read on to learn more about the findings in this report and what they could mean for your business.

New Inflation-adjusted Amounts Result from Tax Reform

In compliance with the recent tax code overhaul, the IRS has set a new revenue procedure that adjusts inflation amounts in the 2018 tax year. Here's a glimpse of what's changed.

New 2018 W-4 Form Calls for Close Attention to Withholding

The IRS just released a new 2018 Form W-4. Do your employees need to fill out a new one? Does tax withholding under the new law work with the old form? While several aspects of federal tax withholding provisions are still to come, here's what we know so far from the IRS.

(Update) What Employers Should Know about the Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit

Although questions remain about the paid family and medical leave tax credit that's been made available as part of tax reform, the details we do know can be complex. Here's a brief explanation.

(Update) Provisions in Spending Bill Impact Health Care and the Affordable Care Act

On Dec. 19 and 20, 2019, Congress passed and the president signed into law, respectively, a spending bill that included several provisions related to health care and/or the Affordable Care Act.

DOL Proposal Seeks to Expand Association Health Plans

On Jan. 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations that would expand access to health coverage by allowing more employers to form association health plans (AHPs).

IRS Releases New Tax Withholding Tables for 2018

The IRS has released new tax withholding tables, and will require employers to implement the updated calculation soon. Get more details here, including the implementation deadline, adjusted withholding rates, how the Form W-4 factors in, and more.

IRS to Delay Form W-4 Revisions Under New Tax Bill

It's expected that the IRS will design an updated W-4 for tax year 2019. When this happens, employers may have their work cut out for them. Learn more about this development from the recent tax reform law.

IRS Extends ACA Deadline for Employers to Furnish Forms to Employees and on Good-Faith Transition Relief for 2019

The IRS has extended deadlines for employers to furnish forms as part of their Affordable Care Act requirements. Here are some key details and important dates to know.

Congress Approves Tax Reform Bill; Changes for Employers and Individuals Coming in 2018

The Senate and House have passed the tax reform bill, and the president has signed it into law. Get details on how the changes impact businesses and individuals in 2018 and beyond.

Tax Reform Bill Passes in the Senate; Considerable Amendments Made to Secure Support

The Senate passed its tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, following an early morning vote Dec. 2. Get details on the significant amendments made to the bill, and next steps for Congress.

Senate Tax Reform Plan Diverges from House Proposal

The Senate and House have now both released proposed bills for revising the federal tax code. Learn how the two versions are different, and what lies ahead for tax reform legislation.

For 2018 Filing Season, Taxpayers Must Adhere to ACA Health Coverage Requirements

The IRS is back on track in fulfilling and enforcing ACA requirements, as evidenced by new guidance about individual tax returns that don't address health coverage requirements. Read on to learn what you and your employees should do.

IRS Releases Draft Instructions for Affordable Care Act ESR Reporting Requirements on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

The IRS recently published this year's draft instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Filing standards for 2017 are expected to be more rigid than in previous years, which is why you should make sure your business takes the necessary steps for to prepare.

Debate on Senate Health Care Bill Impacted by CBO's Findings

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the Senate's legislation to repeal and replace various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Read on to learn what the CBO found as part of its score.

Washington, D.C. Implements Paid Family Leave Requirements for Most Employers

With the implementation of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act, most businesses with employees working in Washington, D.C., must begin meeting requirements under the law, starting with making premium contributions by the July 31, 2019, deadline before penalties kick in.

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