The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department are requesting public comments on issues relating to the shared responsibility provisions included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Under the ACA, starting in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time employees that do not offer affordable health coverage to their full-time employees may be required to make a shared responsibility payment. The law specifically exempts small firms that have fewer than 50 full-time employees.
Notice 2011-36, requests public comments on several issues that will be the subject of future proposed guidance as Treasury and the IRS work to provide information to employers on how to comply with the shared responsibility provisions, according to the agency website.
The notice specifically asks for input on possible approaches employers could use to determine who is a full-time employee.
More information on the notice, as well as how to submit comments, is available on the IRS website.