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Five ACA Gotchas Every Business Owner Should Know 

The journey through ACA compliance doesn’t have to be a maze of confusion and IRS warnings.

With the right guide, what seems like an endless trek through bureaucratic paperwork becomes a path to empowerment and freedom.  

This article aims to clear any misunderstandings surrounding ACA compliance. 

Understanding the ACA Compliance Landscape 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) set standards and requirements for health insurance coverage that businesses must follow. But with these regulations come complex forms and procedures that can leave many employers scratching their heads. 

Top 5 Misconceptions About ACA Compliance 

1. “Only large companies need to comply”

Many small to medium-sized businesses mistakenly believe they’re exempt from ACA requirements. In reality, the ACA considers any business with 50 or more full-time employees (or hourly employee equivalents) as an applicable large employer (ALE). This classification subjects them to ACA mandates, underscoring the importance for smaller businesses to understand their obligations. 

Every business owner needs to be proactive in understanding their ACA obligations or risk a penalty letter from the IRS. 

2. “Manual tracking is sufficient for compliance”

In an era where digital accuracy is paramount, relying on manual methods for tracking employee hours or coverage offers can lead to costly errors. Doyle’s technology-driven solutions ensure precise tracking and reporting, safeguarding against the risk of non-compliance and the penalties that follow. 

3. “All plans are created equal”

A common oversight is assuming any health insurance plan satisfies ACA compliance. However, not all plans meet the minimum essential coverage and affordability standards set by the ACA. It’s crucial to scrutinize plan details to ensure they align with regulatory requirements, protecting both the employer and the employees. 

4. “Penalties are rare”

The misconception that the IRS rarely enforces ACA penalties can be a dangerous gamble.

The IRS is very proactive in issuing penalties to non-compliant businesses, with fines that can significantly impact an organization’s finances.  

Understanding compliance requirements is essential to avoid these penalties. 

5. “Once compliant, always compliant”

ACA regulations are not static; they evolve. What may be compliant today might not suffice tomorrow. Continuous monitoring and adaptation to regulatory changes are vital to maintaining compliance. Doyle HCM offers ongoing support and updates to ensure your business stays aligned with current ACA standards. 

Doyle HCM: Your ACA Compliance Partner 

Partnering with Doyle HCM means turning the complex maze of ACA compliance into a straight path forward. Here’s how we help: 

  • Proactive Monitoring and Reporting: Stay ahead with Doyle’s diligent tracking and timely reporting. 
  • Error Resolution and Penalty Avoidance: Our experts meticulously review your compliance status to correct discrepancies and avoid penalties. 
  • Tailored Compliance Strategies: Doyle’s solutions are not one-size-fits-all. We offer customized compliance strategies that fit your unique business needs. 

Embrace Compliance Freedom with Doyle HCM 

With Doyle by your side, ACA compliance becomes less about avoiding penalties and more about empowering your business with knowledge and confidence. Our experts are committed to providing the guidance and support you need to navigate the complexities of ACA compliance. 

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