In the ongoing list of complaints regarding the Affordable Care Act recently the DOL, IRS and PBGC released proposed changes to modernize and improve the existing 5500 form or annual return for employee benefit plans. This would essentially require all small groups (employers under 100 enrollees) who are currently exempt to file and be compliant or face up to a $2,125 a day fine.
Is this surprising?
Let’s face it would any of us go the speed limit if traffic violations didn’t exist? Would anybody pay taxes if wages couldn’t be garnished or property wasn’t seized? The reality is if rules aren’t enforced they simply aren’t obeyed. Also anytime we have to forcibly follow a rule we rebel it’s just our nature. That being said we can continue to complain and pay for fines that anger us or take a deep breathe, hire a competent broker and simply say “Thanks Obama”.
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