Effective for tax years beginning in 2023, the following higher limits will apply:
Section 125 HFSA individual deferral contribution: $3,050/year
Section 125 HFSA maximum permitted carryover amount: $610
Section 132 qualified transportation fringe benefits: $300/month
Section 137 adoption assistance program expenses: $15,950/year (subject to phase out for individuals with adjusted gross income starting at $239,230)
Section 9831 qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA): $5,850/year ($11,800/year for family coverage)
Employers should keep the adjusted limits handy as they prepare for 2023 and communicate with their employees regarding various benefit options. Additionally, the IRS has announced that employers that fail to file ACA Forms 1095 in 2024 (reporting for 2023) can be subject to a $310 penalty per form. The updated penalty for failure to provide individual statements to employees also will increase to $310 per statement. Since the penalties are cumulative, an employer that fails to provide an employee statement and fails to file with the IRS can be penalized up to $620 for each required form. As we have noted previously, the IRS continues to be less lenient with late ACA report filers. As fines continue to increase, employers with filing obligations should take great care to ensure that their reporting processes ensure timely filing and timely distribution of individual statements.