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Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements Notice Delayed By Notice 2017-20

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Under the Cures Act, Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRA) in place on January 1, 2017 were required to provide a notice no later than March 13, 2017 (i.e., 90 days after enactment of the Cures Act). However, the IRS has not yet published regulations or other guidance governing the operation of these arrangements. In the absence of guidance, the IRS issued Notice 2017-20 to delay the notice requirement and suspend potential notice penalties until the IRS issues further guidance. Once guidance is issued, employers will have at least 90 days to provide the QSEHRA notice to employees.