Deadline Extended Since 2016 the IRS has extended the Form 1095-C distribution deadline to the end of February, which has been a boon to employers, payroll providers and ACA reporting vendors. (Photo: Shutterstock)

January is the WORST month of the year for payroll companies. Just as the broker community is taking a deep breath and surviving the end of the fourth quarter, payroll companies are gearing up for “game time.” There are just 30 short days to compile all year-end payroll data and get Form W-2s in the mail to employees. (January 1 is a holiday…)

The January 31 deadline applies statutorily to Form 1095-Cs—the employee-level employer mandate reporting. Presumably, the Form 1095-C deadline was chosen because Congress anticipated that, like Form W-2s, Form 1095-Cs would be required for individuals to file their income taxes. In actuality, that has never actually been the case.

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