© 2021 American Payroll Institute, Inc. Inside this issue... Department of Education Extends Federal Student Loan Relief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 IRS Posts Draft of Form 941-X Instructions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Social Security Trustees Project $146,700 Wage Base for 2022. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Federal Per Diem Rates Updated for Fiscal Year 2022 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 EEOC Extends EEO-1 Data Collection Due Date to October 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 IRS Releases Guidance on ERC Changes Under ARPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 IRS Issues Safe Harbor for ERC Eligibility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 DHS Extends Temporary Requirements for Form I-9 Compliance Again . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 DOT Announces SIFL Rates for Second Half of 2021. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 APA to Present Year-End Compliance Seminars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 IRS Announces Quarterly Interest Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Iraq Granted Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Requirement Waiver for 2020. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Capitol Hill Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Payroll Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 IRS Explains When an Employer May ‘Designate’ a Payroll Tax Payment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 IRS Urges Businesses to Update Responsible Party for EINs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Appeals Court Rules Per Diems Should Be Part of Regular Rate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Court Finds Company Breached Contract by Not Paying a Salary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Wage and Hour Roundup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Update on DOJ Tax Division Employment Tax Enforcement Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 State and Local News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 September 3, 2021 Volume 29 Issue 9 ACA Affordability Percentage Decreases to 9.61% for 2022 The IRS released its annual inflation adjustment to the percentage of household income used to determine whether an employer’s offer of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is affordable [Rev. Proc. 2021-36, 2021-35 IRB 357]. For plan years beginning in 2022, the percentage of household income decreases to 9.61%. The household income percentage for plans beginning in 2021 was 9.83% (see PAYROLL CURRENTLY, Issue 8, Vol. 28). Household income and affordability The ACA’s employer mandate requires applicable large employers to offer minimum essential coverage that provides minimum value and is affordable to all of its full-time employees. Affordability is determined as a certain percentage of an employee’s household income. Using the adjusted percentage for 2022, if the required employee premium contribution does not exceed 9.61% of the employee’s household income, then the coverage is affordable under the ACA. Safe harbors Because employers do not necessarily know an employee’s actual household income, there are three safe harbors that may be used instead. The safe harbors are based on: An employee’s Form W-2 wages. If the employee’s required contribution for the lowest-cost employee-only coverage does not exceed the applicable percentage of his or her Form W-2 Box 1 wages, then the coverage is affordable. An employee’s rate of pay. If the cost to the employee for the lowest-cost employee-only coverage does not exceed the applicable percentage of his or her monthly salary (hourly rate multiplied by 130 for hourly employees), then the coverage is affordable. The federal poverty line. If the employee’s required contribution for the lowest-cost employee-only coverage does not exceed the applicable percentage of the federal poverty line for a single person, then the coverage is affordable. While both the ACA percentage of household income and the safe harbors all started at 9.5%, the ACA percentage is subject to annual inflation adjustments under the applicable regulations, while the safe harbors are not. However, the IRS has recognized the difficulty of having different percentages.
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