Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a large employer is subject to penalties if it fails to offer to full-time employees health coverage or if the coverage that it offers is not affordable or does not provide minimum value. These new “shared responsibility” rules are effective as of January 1, 2014, and apply to all employers, including non-profits and governmental entities. This article describes the regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service in December 2012 for determining if an employer is a “large employer” for purposes of the shared responsibility rules of Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code.

What is a large employer?

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