PCORI Fees Reminder

From ChamberChoice

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on health insurance issuers and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The fee, called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (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 2018, the PCORI fees are due by July 31, 2019. The IRS instructions for filing form 720 include information on reporting and paying the PCORI fees.

The links to the ACA Overview below provides further information on reporting and paying the PCORI fees. Please contact JRG Advisors for more information.

Reporting & Paying the PCORI Fees (pdf)
Coverage Subject to PCORI Fees (pdf)
FAQs on PCORI Fees (pdf)

Reminder – Windows 7 Ends in Six Months

From MePush

Late in 2018, we sent out a notice similar to this one discussing the end of life for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2, which is scheduled to occur on January 14, 2020.

Given that the end of life date is now less than six months away, we wanted to take one final opportunity to remind everyone of the above mentioned date. If you are a MePush customer and haven’t heard from us regarding your workstations over the past 7-8 months, please reply and let us know so that we can ensure you are set going in to 2020. 

It you could use help with this or other information technology issues, contact MePush or another Chamber member in the Computer/IT/Internet Services category.

$1 Billion in Extra Tax Collections Made Possible by Federal Tax Reform, Fiscal Responsibility

From PA Chamber of Business & Industry

The Commonwealth collected $1 billion more in tax revenue than ancitipated to close out the 2018-19 Fiscal Year.  This allowed lawmakers to put $318 million into the state’s nearly depleted Rainy Day Fund, as well as help to fund numerous state-run programs, including public and higher education, without raising taxes on business or individual taxpayers.

A recent story in the Philadelphia Inquirer explains that this historic collection was due in large part to the federal tax reform law that was enacted in late 2017 and provided a much needed boost in employer optimism and confidence that resulted in higher than expected corporate profits. According to Independent Fiscal Office Executive Director Matthew Knittel, his office initially estimated $3.1 billion in revenue for the last fiscal year, but increased that estimate last month by $306 million.  “I suspect that we had maybe underestimated the impact of those tax law changes,” Knittel admitted to the Inquirer.  These positive results – along with the employer optimism expressed in the PA Chamber’s most recent Economic Survey – are why our organization is committed to working with lawmakers to enact comprehensive tax reforms at the state level when lawmakers return to session this fall.

The story also lists the taxation of internet sales and gaming expansion as two other factors that put revenue collection over the top in 2018-19.

In other good news, Knittel said that much of the additional revenue collected in the past year (with the exception of gaming) is permanent, meaning that higher revenues will continue to flow into state coffers without the need for additional taxes.

Republicans are also touting their commitment to holding the line on state spending as another factor that led to Pennsylvania’s banner Fiscal Year.  At a news conference this spring, House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, credited the increased revenue as being “one part of the impact of fiscal responsibility and sound policymaking.” 

Members Reminded to Update Information for Directory

Chamber members are reminded to provide updates to organizational contact information as soon as possible. The 2019-20 Membership Directory will be going to print soon and we want to ensure that we’re representing members as accurately as possible. Any updates to addresses, contact information, website addresses, etc. should be sent to Brenda via email.

Also, for businesses in Montour County that were affected by readdressing, the Post Office has stopped forwarding mail to old addresses. Businesses and residents are urged to post their new addresses on properties and provide the information to the Chamber and other organizations with which they do business if they haven’t done so already.

Member News – July 17, 2019

  • The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation is pleased to announce scholarship awards for local students through the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund (BHWF).

    Front row (l-r): Marisa Missien, Sarah Lalli, Rachel Reader, Griffin Keller
    Back row (l-r): BHWF Advisory Committee Members: Bryan Carlin, Lance Kittelson, Athena Aardweg, Amanda Stutzman, Jeff Cerminaro, and Mike Goresh.

    Applications for a variety of health-related career choices were accepted from students at Berwick, Benton, Northwest and Central Columbia school districts. The fund awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 12 graduating seniors and non-traditional students. The Foundation also awarded scholarships from 101 other scholarship funds. The following students received BHWF scholarship awards: Allison Beaver, $1,000.00; Madison Coolbaugh, $750.00; Megan Dalo, $750.00; Alicia Dent, $750.00; Samantha Dyer, $750.00; Teagan Karafinski, $750.00; Griffin Keller, $750.00; Emily Kester, $1,000.00; Sarah Lalli, $1,000.00; Joseph Lynn, $750.00; Marisa Missien, $1,000.00; Rachel Reader, $750.00

 

  • Service 1st Federal Credit Union’s 2019 Community Savings Challenge helped members save $1.5 million in combined interest and benefited six organizations.

    (L-R): Laurie Swank, Director of Programs, AGAPE; Eileen Chapman, Executive Director, AGAPE; and Tom Rambo, Assistant Vice President Bloomsburg and Danville Markets, Service 1st.

    Representatives from participating charities and Service 1st recently gathered at the Pine Barn Inn, to celebrate the difference they made by working together on this four-month initiative. During the Community Savings Challenge, Service 1st reminded everyone how important it is to get a financial checkup. These checkups help establish healthy financial habits, and often identify ways members are able to save more. After completing a financial checkup, members had the opportunity to vote for one of six local charities. These organizations each received a donation reflective of the percent of votes received. The following charities partnered with Service 1st for this year’s Challenge: AGAPE, Bloomsburg; Candy’s Place, Wilkes-Barre; Caring for Kids Backpack Program, Sunbury; Disabled American Veterans, Susquehanna Valley Chapter 47, Williamsport; Mobile Health of Evangelical, Lewisburg; and Summit Early Learning, Mifflinburg.

 

  • Bloomsburg University’s IT Outreach Webinar Series will conduct its next webinar this Thursday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. This edition’s topic is “Two Key Ingredients for Successful Criminal Investigations: IT and Interviews,” and will be  given by Michael Huben, an instructor in the Zeigler College of Business. This event is free and open to the public. Register online and see the flyer for additional information. 

 

  • The United Way of Columbia and Montour County’s United in Recovery coalition will hold a free assessment and treatment information on drug & alcohol next Tuesday, July 23, from 3-7 p.m. at the Reliance Fire Company, 501 West 3rd St., Berwick. 

 

  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will hold its annual Celebration of Small Business breakfast on Friday, July 26 at 8 a.m. This annual event celebrates entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders and also features awards. There is no cost to attend. Register online or call 570-577-1249. 

 

  • The Regional Impact Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation recently announced its second competitive grantround of $50K for projects that address current areas of unmet needs throughout the CSCF’s service area, which includes Columbia and Montour Counties. This year’s grantround will consist of an exciting new application process and opportunity for the public to get involved. Interested nonprofits will first submit a Letter of Inquiry introducing their organization, needs, service area, and budgetary request. Those proposals selected by the CSCF Grants Committee will then be invited to submit a full application and participate in The Nonprofit Narrative on Monday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. at the Danville Area High School auditorium. The Nonprofit Narrative is a platform for these groups to share their grant requests and stories of regional impact—the joys, challenges, dreams and requests each face as they serve our neighbors, communities, and region at large. For more information on the Regional Impact Fund, competitive grantround or The Nonprofit Narrative, visit csgiving.org/rif

 

  • The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center invites interested business in need of website development to connect with Bucknell students in the “Markets, Innovation, and Design 300” class in the Freeman College of Management. Each semester, these students make websites free of charge for local small businesses. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for the students while bringing new ideas to these organizations. In early September, the students will be introduced to this assignment and divided into teams. Then the teams will have the liberty to choose with which businesses and organizations they would like to work. By early October, each student team will meet with their client to learn about the specific needs and goals of the organization and the purpose that the site should serve. Over the course of the semester, the students will then design and build the website with an online website software program, incorporating text and photographs provided by the organization. If your business or organization is in need of a website, or if it would benefit from a redesigned site, then please fill out this online form by Aug. 15 to ensure your organization is considered. Additional information is available on this form.