The Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is now the law of the land and affects every Christian school and their sponsoring churches. No ministry is exempt. The issue facing each school is how the law will affect their operation, what the cost of implementation and compliance will be and what changes the school must make to avoid the penalties and fines imposed for failure to comply. The greatest danger facing most schools is failure to understand this complex and far-reaching law and not responding proactively to meet its requirements. ACA creates a host of legal and financial dangers for the unwary and uninformed that could result in six figures fines. As of January 2015, all of the law’s provisions are now in force and require compliance, except for a few transition rules for certain employers.
Since 2010, SBACS has been offering sessions on the Affordable Care Act during our annual fall Business Administrators' Roundtable to help member schools prepare for implementation. Martin Boelens, J.D., the presenter of these sessions has read the entire 2,700 page law and extensively researched its implications for nonprofit Christian ministries like schools and churches. After hearing Mr. Boelen’s presentations at the Business Administrators' Roundtable over the last several years, Dr. Sonny Sherrill, Superintendent at North Raleigh Christian Academy, asked him to expand the sessions into a full day workshop in Raleigh and invited schools in the region to hear the presentation. On January 27,, 2015, The Affordable Care Act and Christian Schools Workshop will be hosted by North Raleigh Christian Academy.
As a service to our schools, Martin has allowed SBACS to post his presentations here free of charge for your use and study.
Affordable Care Act and Christian Schools Workshop
In order to comply with ACA you will need to determine the number of employees your school has. It is important not to confuse independent contractors with employees. Deciding this is not simply a matter of your opinion or decision, but rather a matter of law and rules. These links will help you in determining if someone is an employee vs a self-employed contractor, but to be certain, you should consult your school’s accountant, attorney or other professional for an opinion from them you can rely upon.
This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is presented with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. The IRS continues to issue regulations on ACA. This information is not comprehensive and could become inaccurate. You are urged to consult legal & other professional counsel as you deem appropriate.