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style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;background:#B2C4D0; border:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:solid black .75pt;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><a name=LETTER.BLOCK2></a><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:white'>The Wagner Law Group </span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#006E6D'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:2;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <div> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation, is a nationally recognized ERISA&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;employee benefits, estate planning, employment, labor &amp; human resources&nbsp;practice.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Established in 1996, The Wagner Law Group has&nbsp;22 attorneys engaged exclusively in employee benefits,</span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#5A879E'> </span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>estate planning and employment law.&nbsp;Six of our attorneys are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell as having very high to preeminent legal abilities and ethical standards. The firm is among the largest ERISA boutiques in the country. Our practice is national in scope, with clients in more than 40 states and several foreign countries.</span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#5A879E'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#5A879E'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><a name=LETTER.BLOCK3></a><span style='display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;background:#B2C4D0; border:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:solid black .75pt;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt;border-image: none' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:white'>Contact Info</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:white'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The Wagner Law Group</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark: _MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; 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margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt;display:table' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow: yes'> <td style='padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:3.75pt; text-align:center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='font-size:14.0pt;color:#006E6D'>IRS Guidance on Employer Reimbursement of Individual Health Insurance Premiums&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></b></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-bottom:3.75pt; text-align:center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='font-size:14.0pt;color:#006E6D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></span></p> </div> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><a name=LETTER.BLOCK7></a><span style='display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK7"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow: yes'> <td style='padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>The IRS has released additional guidance on employers' ability to reimburse premiums for employees' individual health insurance policies on a tax-free basis. In Information Letter 2016-0019, the IRS confirms that it considers such employer payment plans to be group health plans that are subject to the Affordable Care Act (&quot;ACA&quot;) market reform rules.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='color:black'>Background.</span></b><span style='color:black'> While the ACA does not directly modify the tax treatment of employers' reimbursements of employee medical expenses, it does implement certain market reform rules for group health plans. These market reform rules include a prohibition on annual or lifetime dollar limits on &quot;essential health benefits&quot; and a requirement that certain preventive services be provided without cost-sharing. The ACA's market reform rules apply to employer-provided health coverage regardless of the size of the employer and regardless of whether the employer is subject to the ACA's employer mandate provisions. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='color:black'>IRS Guidance.</span></b><span style='color:black'> The IRS confirms in the Letter that it views an employer's agreement to reimburse health care insurance premiums up to a fixed amount as a group health plan with an annual limit on essential health benefits, thereby violating the ACA's market reform rules. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;</span></b><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>IRS rules provide that where an employer offers group health coverage that satisfies the ACA's market reforms along with a separate arrangement to pay for other medical expenses, the pair can be combined to satisfy the ACA market reform rules. (<u>See</u> the <i>Alert</i> of 10/17/13 for further information.) However, the Letter clarifies that where an employer does not offer an employee group health coverage and its employees obtain &quot;other&quot; group health coverage (such as through an individual health insurance policy), a separate, arrangement cannot be integrated with the other group coverage to satisfy the ACA market reform rules. As a result, the separate arrangement would violate the ACA's market reform rules and thereby expose the employer to excise tax liability. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>The Letter also clarifies that an agreement to reimburse individual health insurance premiums on an after tax basis would not violate the ACA as long as the reimbursement can be used by the employee for any purpose. This would, for example, prevent the employer from making premium payments directly to the insurer or Insurance Marketplace.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;</span></b><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='color:black'>Penalty Amount.</span></b><span style='color:black'> The excise tax imposed on employers for violating the ACA's market reform rules can cost up to $100/day per applicable employee. (<u>See</u> 26 U.S.C. 4980D.) This excise tax is generally not deductible for employers, which makes this penalty even more significant. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'>The Letter is accessible at: </span></span><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001kSbvMhBEUELgW5j0Kl_FtyXCNvIe2D9ohQ7NIMWQFi002-Zuoa2bwEjM6i53jfGm-xJ3nw9zeHU826UQbpb1xuBLCYSDeEZ6dpPJVgY3-ZpzBv0h3LGeBpqi5KJONRNUodKyTA1NoUcV_n0nKjIjUdQ8rtvqjMft7UaLZpQsc49IKddziNcGC-KpZbzAj7m68SCOPz1cjDU=&amp;c=hy1YRmJkoQIAi_lo6jD6YZKTfPR1lZna3qGB8h8wpvCcvAE7GiZgCw==&amp;ch=9H9k8J_HXQ8Txdfh5O26vbGqDMi21uR5Sb9dKO3-fVv_yTHXpEkANw==" target="_blank" shape=rect alt="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/16-0019.pdf"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'>https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/16-0019.pdf</span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></a><span style='mso-bookmark: _MailOriginal'><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;</span></b><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK8"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="100%" style='width:100.0%;background:#2D3E46;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='mso-bookmark: _MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#4E6A78'>This Newsletter is protected by copyright. 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