Backed by the National Restaurant Association, the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care Coalition has filed comments with the Internal Revenue Service about the agency's recent proposed regulation on reporting requirements for employers offering health plans.

E-FLEX is coalition of trade associations and businesses in the restaurant, retail, hospitality, supermarket, construction, temporary staffing and other service-related industries. According to a news release, the coalition champions for "streamlined reporting processes that are viable for employers with differing workforces."

E-FLEX takes aim at Section 6056 of the IRS code, which requires large employers to provide a list of full-time employees, the coverage offered to each, by month, and the cost of self-only coverage. Section 6055 is also viewed by the coalition as problematic, as it will require insurers, self-insuring employers and other parties that provide coverage to detail the months individuals were covered by health plans, among other data. The IRS will use the data to verify compliance with the health care law's individual and employer mandates.

"The E-Flex Coalition believes a less expansive approach to information reporting can achieve the same ends with fewer burdens to the IRS and employers who voluntarily provide health coverage without giving rise to any adverse effects for individuals," E-FLEX members wrote in their official comments. "Utilizing a certification method is a reasonable approach that could be used as the basis for a simplified reporting process that could benefit employers of all sizes and structures."

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