2023 Compliance Deadlines Every Employer Must Know (Advisory Insights Podcast, Episode 26)
On this episode of Advisory Insights, Stuart Oberman of Oberman Law Firm discussed the compliance deadlines every employer must be aware of for 2023. Stuart discussed various deadlines and requirements on reportable workforce demographic data and furnishing 1095-C documents to employees. He also covered penalties for incorrect information and employer responsibility under the Affordable Care Act.
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Intro: [00:00:01] Broadcasting from the studios of Business RadioX, it’s time for Advisory Insights. Brought to you by Oberman Law Firm, serving clients nationwide with tailored service and exceptional results. Now, here’s your host.
Stuart Oberman: [00:00:20] Hello, everyone. Stuart Oberman here, Advisory Insights Podcast. Welcome, welcome, welcome. 2023 off and running, folks. We’re going to have a great topic today. First and foremost, we want to make sure that we get your checklist up to date. So, topic for today, 2023 Compliance Deadlines Every Employer Must Know.
Stuart Oberman: [00:00:44] As we entered December 2022, it gets brutally hectic at the end the year. We all know that. But now, really, start the time to think about what are we doing in ’23? What do I need to talk to my advisors about? What do I need to talk to my CPA about? What do I need to talk about my office manager about? Well, we’re going to go through this list. And I’ll tell you, if we go off track on this list that you’re not in compliance with, you don’t want to get there already in 2023. Let’s get this straight. Let’s go through some dotted I’s here and make sure we got everything.
Stuart Oberman: [00:01:20] First and foremost, H.R. I know I talked about that a lot, a lot last year in 2022. Look, we’ve got benefits. We’ve got payrolls, hiring. We’ve got recruiting. And we’ve got so much more that we need to take a look at on a day-to-day business, but I want to make sure we’re keeping on track. Let me get through some basic, basic things you guys need to know. Let me run through these dates here. Talk with your CPAs again, talk with your advisors, your counselors. Make sure you’re on track.
Stuart Oberman: [00:01:48] First and foremost, as we know, W-2s have got to be out by January 31st. I hate to tell you this, but I’ve got employers that we work with who are sending out W-2s in September. That’s just not going to work, folks. And, also, a copy that W-2 has to go to Social Security Administration. That is basic stuff. But, yet, what happens is, if employees don’t get their W-2s, they’re disgruntled. And disgruntled employees even get more disgruntled. So, keep with this deadline.
Stuart Oberman: [00:02:18] The Affordable Care Act, ACA. Employers must furnish Form 1095-C to applicable employees by March 2, 2023. Question is, has your CPA told you that? Does Your CPA know the deadlines on that? Because also the filing deadlines for the Form 2094-C and 2095-C is February 28, 2023, or March 31, 2023 if you file electronically. I would encourage everyone to file electronically.
Stuart Oberman: [00:02:59] Here’s what sort of bugs me a little bit about the next form. There’s so much pressure on our employers for this. So, the EEO Reporting, certain employers must report demographic workforce data. Listen to this, data by race, ethnicity, sex, job categories. If you have those defined, great. If not, your question is what do you do? How do you file it? So, the annual collection of that data is scheduled to open on April 2023 per the EEOC. Now, I need everyone to make sure they understand that.
Stuart Oberman: [00:03:47] Next information, employee verification. Please make sure that your employees provide you with the correct address, correct address. Incorrect information will delay W-2s, and you will have to pay the penalties for that. And, again, your employees will not be happy. I want you to double check your W-2s.
Stuart Oberman: [00:04:15] Here’s what I want to make sure of. One, you’ve got all the Social Security numbers that are correct. Two, your EIN numbers correct. EIN number, Federal Employer Number. So, the IRS, believe it or not, charges you $50 for each return that is mailed out incorrectly. Why would you want to pay the IRS additional amounts than you already owe? Included in the W2s – again, I don’t want to get too far into tax in those kind of things, but I do want to just make sure you know the deadlines – taxable cash. Cash. Yes, folks, cash. You have to declare that. Your employees have to declare that.
Stuart Oberman: [00:04:56] Non-cash benefits include a company car. I can’t even begin to tell you how our employers don’t understand how to calculate a car usage on a W-2. Please, that is an audit waiting to happen.
Stuart Oberman: [00:05:15] Now, we want to take a look at the CARES Act, Employee Retention Credit. I will tell you, I get so many emails regarding this particular matter. I would urge you to be very, very careful what you answer, who you let take care of this. I would send this straight to your CPA. Let them handle it. I would not get entrenched in any third party solicitation and vendors. Go straight to your CPA. Double check with your attorney. Make sure that anything you do on an outside vendor is valid.
Stuart Oberman: [00:05:48] So, we have to understand that the three year lookback period on these wages after March 12, 2023 to determine eligibility. That’s as far as I’m going to get deep into that, because that’s a road we just don’t want to travel on this quick podcast. But, again, I would urge you, urge you to take a look at what forms are available from your CPA.
Stuart Oberman: [00:06:11] Again, the Affordable CARES Act requirements. There has to be distributed to the employees according to your 1095 forms. Again, especially with independent contractor payments – here we go – anything regarding independent contractors that is paid more than $600 must be reported. Folks, $600. That is nothing. You’ve got to do it. Your CPAs have got to do it. Again, that’s an audit waiting to happen.
Stuart Oberman: [00:06:48] I also want to take a look at one thing we got to be careful of, which is the ACA, Affordable CARES Act. So, I want you to talk to your financial advisors about this. Take a look at the employer shared responsibility, the ESR. Do you fall under the requirements? Do you average 50 employees under the IRS 2022 Employer Health Plan Affordability Threshold Challenge? Do you know what that means? Again, take a look at getting that information to your CPA.
Stuart Oberman: [00:07:28] You know, folks, look, that is some basic, basic information that I really want you to take a look at. But what I really want you to look at is a growing trend. And we’ve talked about this before on our podcasts, and we’re going to talk about it forever because this is not going away, folks. I mean, this is just not going to go away.
Stuart Oberman: [00:07:48] I want to make sure that in 2023, you put down on your calendar employee training. You think, “Well, my employees are trained enough. We have monthly meetings. We go to lunch once a week.” No, no, no. We’re not going to go there. I want to make sure your managers and employees understand sexual harassment prevention. I want to make sure your employees and your managers understand hiring practices. Questions, what to ask, what not to ask. Workplace safety, do they understand? Are you training your people effective? Is your management effective?
Stuart Oberman: [00:08:32] So, the deadlines are the deadlines. But I’ll tell you, if you go astray on any of these training items for your managers or employees – the old days back in the ’60s and ’70s, those days are dead and gone. You can’t do those things anymore. So, again, sexual harassment, hiring practices, workplace safety, effective management control.
Stuart Oberman: [00:09:00] Folks, again, I want to keep you out of trouble. Short, sweet podcasts. I want you to look at those little things. That’s going to be it for today, folks. Again, short, sweet to the point, deadlines, what you do and what you have to look at.
Stuart Oberman: [00:09:14] Again, Advisory Insights Podcast. Stuart Oberman, your host here. If you need anything, let us know. Please feel free to give us a call, 770-886-2400, or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much. Let’s start 2023 off to a fantastic year. We look forward to speaking with you soon. Have a great day.
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Stuart Oberman, Oberman Law Firm
Stuart Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 25 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company. Mr. Oberman is widely regarded as the go-to attorney in the area of Dental Law, which includes DSO formation, corporate business structures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, advertising regulations, HIPAA, Compliance, and employment law regulations that affect dental practices.
In addition, Mr. Oberman’s expertise in the healthcare industry includes advising clients in the complex regulatory landscape as it relates to telehealth and telemedicine, including compliance of corporate structures, third-party reimbursement, contract negotiations, technology, health care fraud, and abuse law (Anti-Kickback Statute and the State Law), professional liability risk management, federal and state regulations.
As the long-term care industry evolves, Mr. Oberman has the knowledge and experience to guide clients in the long-term care sector with respect to corporate and regulatory matters, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). In addition, Mr. Oberman’s practice also focuses on health care facility acquisitions and other changes of ownership, as well as related licensure and Medicare/Medicaid certification matters, CCRC registrations, long-term care/skilled nursing facility management, operating agreements, assisted living licensure matters, and health care joint ventures.
In addition to his expertise in the health care industry, Mr. Oberman has a nationwide practice that focuses on all facets of contractual disputes, including corporate governance, fiduciary duty, trade secrets, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, trademark and copyright infringement, fraud, and deceptive trade practices, and other business-related matters. Mr. Oberman also represents clients throughout the United States in a wide range of practice areas, including mergers & acquisitions, partnership agreements, commercial real estate, entity formation, employment law, commercial leasing, intellectual property, and HIPAA/OSHA compliance.
Mr. Oberman is a national lecturer and has published articles in the U.S. and Canada.
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