The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department want toknow how they can effectively work with employers on a provisionunder the Affordable Care Act that requires employers with 50 ormore full-time employees to make a “shared responsibility payment”if they don’t offer affordable health coverage.

The IRS requested public comments this week relating to thisrequirement, which will take effect in 2014. Smaller firms with 50or fewer employees are exempted.

The IRS said the request for comment is designed to “ensure thatTreasury and IRS continue to receive broad input from stakeholderson how best to implement the shared responsibility provisions in away that is workable and administrable for employers, allowing themflexibility and minimizing burdens.”

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