Editor’s Note: This article was updated on July 17, 2019, to correct information regarding churches with between 2 employees and 50 full-time equivalent employees and what is—or isn’t—required under the Affordable Care Act.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is initiating hundreds of church exams to test compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a key IRS official overseeing exempt organizations announced late last month.
The update was delivered by Margaret Von Lienen, the Director of Exempt Organizations for the IRS, to the TEGE Exempt Organizations Advisory Council (Council), a national group fostering communication between the IRS and practitioners. I attended the update meeting as a member of the Council.
Von Lienen stressed the IRS would comply with the church audit rules. She said examination notices are currently going out and she expects them to continue through the rest of this year.