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Talk to Your Family about Security Online and at Home

For families with children and aging parents, it’s important to make sure everyone guards their personal information online and at home.

It may be time for “the conversation.”

The IRS, state revenue departments and the tax industry have teamed up to combat identity theft in the tax arena. Our theme: Taxes. Security. Together. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.

Especially in families that use the same computer, students should be warned against turning off any security software in use or opening any suspicious emails. They should be instructed to never click on embedded links or download attachments of emails from unknown sources.

Identity thieves are just one of many predators plying the Internet. And, actions by one computer user could infect the machine for all users. That’s a concern when dealing with personal financial details or tax information.

Eight Facts for ALEs about New Information Statements to be Filed in 2016

The Affordable Care Act requires applicable large employers to file:

·         Form 1094-C, Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns

·         Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage

Here are eight basic facts for employers:

·         The due date for furnishing these forms is extended.

o    The due date for furnishing the 2015 Form 1095-B and the 2015 Form 1095-C to the insured and employees is extended from February 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016.

o    The due date for health coverage providers and employers furnishing the 2015 Form 1094-B and the 2015 Form 1094-C to the IRS is extended from February 29, 2016, to May 31, 2016 if not filing electronically.

Why the Number of Your Employees Matters

Employer benefits, opportunities and requirements under the health care law are dependent upon the employer’s workforce size.

The vast majority of employers fall below the workforce size threshold for applicable large employers. Generally, an employer with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents will be considered an applicable large employer. Applicable large employers can find a complete list of resources and the latest news at the Applicable Large Employer Information Center on IRS.gov/aca.

If you have:

Seven Steps for Making Identity Protection Part of Your Routine

The theft of your identity, especially personal information such as your name, Social Security number, address and children’s names, can be traumatic and frustrating. In this online era, it’s important to always be on guard.

The IRS has teamed up with state revenue departments and the tax industry to make sure you understand the dangers to your personal and financial data. Taxes. Security. Together. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.

Here are seven steps you can make part of your routine to protect your tax and financial information:

1. Read your credit card and banking statements carefully and often – watch for even the smallest charge that appears suspicious. (Neither your credit card nor bank – or the IRS – will send you emails asking for sensitive personal and financial information such as asking you to update your account.)

Answers to Five of Your Questions about the Premium Tax Credit

The premium tax credit is a refundable credit that helps eligible individuals and families with low or moderate income afford health insurance purchased through a Health Insurance Marketplace. To get this credit, you must meet certain eligibility requirements and file a tax return.

Here are five questions the IRS is hearing from taxpayers, along with answers and where to go for more information.

1. What is included in household income?

Health Care Law: Tax Considerations for Employers with Fewer than 50 Employees

Some of the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act apply only to employers with fewer than 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees.

Employers with fewer than 50 employees should take note of these tax considerations:

Resources Available to Help Insurance Providers and Employers Understand ACA Filing Requirements

The IRS will receive and process information returns reporting on individual’s health insurance coverage from insurance companies, self-insured companies, and large businesses and businesses that provide health insurance to their employees.

ACA information returns and transmittals are electronically filed through the ACA Information Returns system, also known as AIR. For information regarding the AIR system and filing Affordable Care Act Information Returns go to the Affordable Care Act Information Returns Program webpage.

The following resources are available: