IRS 1095 Deadline Extended
The IRS has recently made changes to the annual deadline for 1095 form submissions. Please see below for a summary of the extension (announced in the recent IRS Notice 2018-94).
- The due date for providing Forms 1095-C or 1095-B to employees and individuals is extended from January 31 to March 4, 2019.
- Please note, the deadline for filing the forms with the IRS is not extended. Therefore, employers filing by paper must submit their forms to the IRS by February 28, 2019. Those filing electronically have until April 1. Keep in mind e-file is required for those filing 250+ forms.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Truss advisor.
Stay Safe — December is National Impaired Driving Month
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season is officially upon us. Across the globe, people are gearing up for a busy month of shopping, baking, wrapping presents, and of course, spending time with friends and loved ones at festive gatherings.
Whatever your plans are this time of year, it’s important to celebrate as safely as possible. The holiday season brings not only a significant spike in traveling, but also an increase in individuals getting behind the wheel impaired by alcohol or drugs. That’s why since 1981, every president of the United States has proclaimed December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, urging drivers to make the right choice by driving sober and distraction-free not only this month, but throughout the entire year.
Ten Holiday Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe
As the holiday season approaches this year, keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe with these ten simple tips from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The holidays can be one of the most wonderful times of the year—and one of the most stressful. As this season approaches, help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe with these ten simple tips.
- Wash your hands frequently
It’s simple, but it’s one of the most basic ways to stay healthy. Keeping your hands clean can help prevent illness and the spread of germs. To get your hands clean, wash them with soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t an option, try an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Bundle up
When the temperature drops, be sure to wear layers of warm clothing. Because colder weather can cause health problems, check on children, older adults and pets more frequently.
- Actively manage your stress
Many people experience more stress as the holidays approach. Actively manage stress by getting enough sleep. Avoid overcommitting, overspending, and try to keep a relaxed, positive outlook.
- Be safe when you hit the road
Be sure to designate a sober driver for holiday parties—and always buckle up when you get in the car. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure that you buckle them in the car using a booster seat or child safety seat, according to their height, weight, and age.
- Celebrate smoke-free
The holidays are a great time to renew your commitment to your, health by resolving to quit smoking. Talk to your healthcare provider for quitting tips, or sign up for our Tobacco Cessation Incentive Program.
- Visit your doctor
Take care of your health for the year to come by visiting your doctor for any annual exams or screenings, which can help find problems early or before they start. Make sure your vaccinations are all up to date and consider getting a flu shot to help avoid the illness this season.
- Keep an extra close eye on kids
Be sure to supervise children well this holiday season. Keep potentially hazardous toys, food, drinks, household items and choking hazards out of their reach.
- Prevent fires
With decorations and celebrations, you may find that you have extra fire hazards around during the holiday season. Be sure that strings of lights are connected properly. Keep lit candles away from children and pets—as well as walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves or candles unattended. Check that all your fire detectors are functioning well, and change their batteries if necessary.
- Practice food safety
As you prepare holiday meals, stay safe from foodborne illness. Wash your hands and countertops frequently. Avoid cross-contamination by storing raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from ready-to-eat foods. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meats before serving, and refrigerate your leftovers promptly.
- Eat healthy and stay active
Temptations abound during the holiday season. Help maintain your weight by consciously making healthier choices, like opting for larger portions of vegetables and whole grains, and smaller portions of high-fat treats. Don’t forget to exercise. Try to stay active for 2.5 hours a week, and encourage children and teens to be active for at least one hour a day. As always, before starting any exercise program, talk to your doctor and see what he or she recommends.
As a reminder, Truss will be closed December 24-25, and on January 1. Thank you for a wonderful 2018 and we look forward to serving you in 2019!