Some people believe that the number of acronyms tied to a government request is directly related to the amount of effort required to fulfill that request. The IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match program is a glowing example of this. Starting in early 2016, many employers began to receive letters from the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match program with instructions to report information via their secure website: https://www.cob.cms.hhs.gov/DataMatch/.
First things first, if you’ve received a letter from the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match program you should drop everything and immediately apply for an extension. Then you should dedicate the appropriate number of resources to the completion of the request so that you can submit your response in a timely manner. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a lengthy instruction guide to help with the completion of the questionnaire.
You can also download our handy What Employers Need to Know about the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match Program guide. This guide will answer some of the questions that are sure to come up through the completion of the request. We recommend that if you have questions or concerns about the process or information, you consult with legal counsel.