Peter Gulia Posted January 26, 2013 Report Share Posted January 26, 2013 To define an employer that might have enough full-time-equivalent employees that it might incur a 'play-or-pay' excise tax on not offering health coverage, Internal Revenue Code section 4980Hc(2)C(i) provides that "[a]ll persons treated as a single employer under subsection (b), c, (m), or (o) of section 414 ... shall be treated as [one] employer." Imagine that there are six non-natural persons (a mix of S corporations, limited-liability companies, and limited partnerships) that are treated as one employer. None of these organizations uses a common paymaster or shares an EIN with any other. None of these organizations combines its Federal income tax return with any other. None of the five flow-through owners makes a personal income tax return with any other. Together, the six organizations have 73 full-time employees. But none has more than 14 employees. Corporation Alpha, which has nine employees, does not offer health coverage to anyone. (If it helps, organizations B, C, D, E, and F also don't offer health coverage to anyone.) Mary, an Alpha employee, gets a tax credit or cost-sharing reduction that subsidizes her Exchange-bought health insurance. Imagine that the Exchange application that Mary completed asked her for her estimate of how many employees her employer has, and she answered what she knew - nine. Unless the Internal Revenue Service has an amazing relational database, does the IRS lack a practical means to assess the excise tax in circumstances like these? Am I just being stupid, or is there a gap in the Government's ability to enforce the 'play-or-pay' idea? Peter Gulia PC Fiduciary Guidance Counsel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 215-732-1552 Peter@FiduciaryGuidanceCounsel.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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