PCOR Fee, Form 720 Filing Due August 31
PPACA imposed the PCOR fee on health plans to support clinical effectiveness research. The PCOR fee applies to plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2012, and before Oct. 1, 2019. The PCOR fee is generally due by July 31 of the calendar year following the close of the plan year.
PCOR fees are required to be reported annually on Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, for the second quarter of the calendar year. The due date of the return is July 31. (Note, though, that we’ve updated this announcement to show a filing due date of August 1, since July 31 falls on a Sunday this year and the IRS generally accepts filings on the Monday following a filing due date that falls on the weekend.)
Plan sponsors and insurers subject to PCOR fees but not other types of excise taxes should file Form 720 only for the second quarter. No filings are needed for the other quarters. The PCOR fee can be paid electronically or mailed to the IRS with the Form 720 using a Form 720-V payment voucher. According to the IRS, the fee is tax-deductible as a business expense.
The PCOR fee is assessed based on the number of employees, spouses and dependents that are covered by the plan. For plan years ending in 2015 on or before Sept. 30, 2015, the fee is $2.08 multiplied by the average number of lives covered under the plan. For plan years ending between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, the fee increases to $2.17. Form 720 and corresponding instructions were revised in October 2015 and reflect the increased fee.
As a reminder, the insurer is responsible for filing on a fully insured plan. The employer plan sponsor is responsible for filing on a self-insured plan, including an HRA. A stand-alone dental-only or vision-only HRA would be excepted and not subject to the PCOR fee.