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New PCORI Fee Released

November 25, 2020 Alert

The PCORI fee was adjusted and extended for an additional 10 years and will now expire the plan year ending after September 30, 2029.

AT A GLANCE

  • The PCORI Fee for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 will be $2.66.

Introduction

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee is a fee on issuers of certain health insurance policies and plan sponsors of applicable self-insured health plans that helps to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The PCORI fee was set to expire in 2019 but was extended for an additional 10 years and will now expire the plan year ending after September 30, 2029.

New Fee

The IRS announced in Notice 2020-84 that the adjusted applicable amount for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for policy or plan years ending on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021, will be $2.66. The PCORI fee is calculated based on the average number of lives covered under the policy or plan. 

PCORI fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return). These fees are due each year by July 31 of the year following the last day of the plan year. This means that, for plan years ending in 2020, the PCORI fees are due by July 31, 2021. The IRS instructions for filing form 720 include information on reporting and paying the PCORI fees. Information about calculating the fee can be found on the IRS PCORI Overview page.

Next Steps

Employers who sponsor self-insured plans subject to the PCORI fee are responsible for completing the Form 720 filing. Current Paylocity clients with Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) services through Paylocity should expect to receive an Average Covered Lives Report when the filing date nears. 

Thank you for choosing Paylocity as your Payroll Tax and HCM partner. This information is provided as a courtesy, may change and is not intended as legal or tax guidance. Employers with questions or concerns outside the scope of a Payroll Service Provider are encouraged to seek the advice of a qualified CPA, Tax Attorney or Advisor.


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