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A former podcast from Lockton’s ERISA Compliance Consulting team 

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Jun 21, 2021

Hey everybody, the IRS is a little late to ARPA COBRA subsidy party, but it brought tacos! In this season-ending episode of ERISA is a friend of mine, Ed and Scott take us page-by-page through the IRS’s 41 pages of 86 FAQs on how the ARPA COBRA subsidy works. Well, not really … they break it down a little more briefly than that. Join us for this episode where the boys explain:

  • Who is eligible for ARPA subsidies, and who is not?
  • Can Ed make the podcast’s “lightning rounds” slower than they already are?
  • Why is Ed giving the IRS props for offering guidance to the ARPA scheme, even though we’re already nearly three months into the six-month ARPA subsidy window?
  • What are the three pieces of good news the IRS offered up about the ARPA “second bite at the COBRA apple”?
  • What should Scott learn – and quickly – about severance agreements?
  • When and how does the employer claim tax credits for fronting ARPA COBRA subsidies?

For more on the ARPA COBRA subsidies, see our recent alert and webcast (password: Lockton.1) on the IRS guidance.