The government continues to push out guidance under the new health care law, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Several major provisions of the law take effect January 1, 2014, including the employer mandate, the individual mandate, the premium assistance tax credit, and the operation of health insurance exchanges.
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Updated Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, highlights new additional Medicare tax/sunset of payroll tax holiday
The IRS recently announced the availability of updated Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return for 2013, and its instructions. Revised Form 941 and its instructions reflect the January 1, 2013 effective date of the 0.9 percent Additional Medicare Tax, expiration of the payroll tax holiday and other changes.
Under the new health care law, starting in 2014, “large” employers with more than 50 full-time employees will be subject to stiff monetary penalties if they do not provide affordable and minimum essential health coverage. With less than eleven months before this “play or pay” provision is fully effective, the IRS continues to release critical details on what constitutes an “applicable large employer,” “full-time employee,” “affordable coverage,” and “minimum health coverage.”
On January 2, 2013 President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. While the new law increases the top marginal income tax rate for individuals earning up to $400,000 (up to $450,000 for joint filers) to 39.6%, it allowed the United States to avoid going over the so called “fiscal cliff” which would have required across-the-board increases to all tax brackets and mandatory spending cuts.
President Obama’s health care package enacted two new taxes that take effect January 1, 2013. One of these taxes is the additional 0.9 percent Medicare tax on earned income; the other is the 3.8 percent tax on net investment income. The 0.9 percent tax applies to individuals; it does not apply to corporations, trusts or estates. The 0.9 percent tax applies to wages, other compensation, and self-employment income that exceed specified thresholds.