You may be hearing from the IRS soon on penalties related to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).

We have seen increased ACA-related enforcement activity from the IRS, particularly with respect to taxes owed under the employer mandate (which requires large employers to provide group health coverage meeting certain requirements to full-time employees). In our experience, the employer mandate assessments often contain errors in calculating the penalty and/or originate from inadvertent mistakes made by the taxpayer on the Form 1094-C or Form 1095-C and can often be eliminated or reduced.

The IRS is also assessing penalties on large employers that fail to file ACA-related tax forms. We recently helped a large employer obtain full abatement of a proposed penalty exceeding $200,000 for failure to file and transmit Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. In this case, we were able to show that the failure was due to reasonable cause and persuade the IRS to abate the entire penalty.