CenterPoint Payroll - Affordable Care Act (ACA) and CenterPoint Payroll


The instructions in this document include the information necessary to set up CenterPoint Payroll in order to process Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.

Step A - Set the Employer ACA Specifics

Step B - Set your Employee ACA Coverage

Step C - Print the ACA Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

For detailed information about the Affordable Care Act, see the following publications:

Publication 5196 - Understanding Employer Reporting Requirements - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5196.pdf

Publication 5208 Affordable Care Act: Are you an applicable large employer? - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5208.pdf

Q & A on Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate - http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers/Questions-and-Answers-on-Employer-Shared-Responsibility-Provisions-Under-the-Affordable-Care-Act

Q & A on Information Reporting Mandate - http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers/Questions-and-Answers-on-Reporting-of-Offers-of-Health-Insurance-Coverage-by-Employers-Section-6056

Affordable Care Act Mandates for Employers - http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Employers

Q & A on Affordable Care Act Mandates - http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Questions-and-Answers

1094-C and 1095-C Instructions - http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i109495c


Step A - Set the Employer ACA Specifics

  1. Select Setup > Payroll Details > Employers.

  1. Select your employer and click Edit.
  2. On the General tab, under ACA Information, select the Self-Insured Coverage check box only if you are self-insuring your employees with your own health insurance and not insuring your employees through an insurance company. When this check box is selected, the Part III Employer Provided Self-Insured check box will be marked on the 1095-C Transmittal form.
  3. If you selected the Self-Insured Coverage check box, in the Origin box, select the code that will display for the Origin on the 1095-B. The options are:
    • A - Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

    • B - Employer-sponsored coverage.

    • C - Government-sponsored program.

    • D - Individual market insurance.

    • E - Multi-employer plan.

    • F - Other designated minimum essential coverage.

  4. Under 1094-C Certifications of Eligibility, select the appropriate boxes:
  • Qualifying Offer Method - Check this box if the employer is eligible to use and is using the Qualifying Offer Method to report the information on Form 1095-C for one or more full-time employees. To be eligible to use the Qualifying Offer Method for reporting, the employer must certify that it made a Qualifying Offer to one or more of its full-time employees for all months during the year in which the employee was a full-time employee for whom an employer shared responsibility payment could apply.
  • Section 4980H Transition Relief - Check this box if the employer is eligible for section 4980H Transition Relief under either:
    • 2015 Section 4980H Transition Relief for ALEs with Fewer Than 100 Full-Time Employees, Including Full-Time Equivalent Employees (50-99 Transition Relief), or

    • 2015 Transition Relief for Calculation of Assessable Payments Under Section 4980H(a) for ALEs with 100 or More Full-Time Employees, Including Full-Time Equivalent Employees (100 or More Transition Relief).

  • 98% Offer Method - Check this box if the employer is eligible for and is using the 98% Offer Method. To be eligible to use the 98% Offer Method, an employer must certify that taking into account all months during which the individuals were employees of the employer and were not in a Limited Non-Assessment Period, the employer offered, affordable health coverage providing minimum value to at least 98% of its employees for whom it is filing a Form 1095-C employee statement, and offered minimum essential coverage to those employees’ dependents.
  1. Click Save.
  2. Click Close.

Step B - Set your Employee ACA Information

  1. Select Setup > Employees.
  2. Select an employee and click Edit.
  3. Select the Payroll tab.
  4. Select the Consent to Electronic 1095 if this employee consents to not receive a paper 1095 form and to only receive the 1095 electronically to be viewed electronically through Aatrix. If this box is selected, a signed consent form must be on file. This form can be printed from Federal & State Payroll Forms & ReportsFederal Tax Forms and selecting Electronic W2 Consent in the Report box.
  5. Select the ACA Information tab.
  6. Select the Employer this employee is associated with for reporting on the 1094-C and 1095-C.
  7. Click Add.
Note: For specific instructions from the IRS regarding the lines on the 1095-C and 1094-C, please visit the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i109495c

 

  1. Select the New Coverage Period's Year and Month.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Select the Status. The options are Full-Time, Part-Time or Not Employed.
  4. Select the Offer coverage code. This code will be used for Line 14 on the 1095-C .
Note: The Red Wing Software Technical Support department will not be able to inform you about what code you should be selecting in this field. If necessary, please either contact your tax preparer or accountant or use the links above provided by the IRS.
  • Not Applicable (No Form): Select this option if you want an employee to be included in the ACA counts, but excluded from printing a 1095 form, for example for part-time employees.

  • 1A - Qualifying Offer: Minimum essential coverage providing minimum value offered to full-time employee with employee contribution for self-only coverage equal to or less than 9.5% mainland single federal poverty line and at least minimum essential coverage offered to spouse and dependent(s).
  • 1B - Minimum Essential Coverage (Employee Only): Minimum essential coverage providing minimum value offered to employee only.

  • 1C - Minimum Essential Coverage (Dependents Not Spouse) - Minimum essential coverage providing minimum value offered to employee and at least minimum essential coverage offered to dependent(s) (not spouse).

  • 1D. - Minimum Essential Coverage (Spouse Not Dependents) - Minimum essential coverage providing minimum value offered to employee and at least minimum essential coverage offered to spouse (not dependent(s).

  • 1E - Minimum Essential Coverage (Dependents & Spouse) - Minimum essential coverage providing minimum value offered to employee and at least minimum essential coverage offered to dependent(s) and spouse.

  • 1F - Minimum Essential Coverage NOT Providing Minimum Value - Minimum essential coverage not providing minimum value offered to employee, or employee and spouse or dependent(s), or employee, spouse and dependents.

  • 1G - Offer of Coverage (Not Full-Time) - Offer of coverage to employee who was not a full-time employee for any month of the calendar year and who enrolled in self-insured coverage for one or more months of the calendar year.

  • 1H - No Offer of Coverage - The employee was not offered any health coverage or employee offered coverage that is not minimum essential coverage.

  • 1J - Minimum Essential Coverage (Conditionally Spouse, NOT Dependents) - Essential coverage providing minimum value offered to you; minimum essential coverage conditionally offered to your spouse' and minimum essential coverage NOT offered to your dependent(s)

  • 1K - Minimum Essential Coverage (Conditionally Spouse & Dependents) - Essential coverage providing minimum value offered to you; minimum essential coverage conditionally offered to your spouse; and minimum essential coverage offered to your dependent(s).

  • 1I - Qualifying Offer Transition Relief (2015 Only): -Employee (and spouse or dependents) received no offer of coverage, received an offer that is not a qualifying offer, or received a qualifying offer for less than 12 months. This code was valid for 2015 only.
  1. Enter the Employee Share of Lowest-Cost Monthly Premium if you selected 1B, 1C, 1D or 1E in the Offer field. This amount is used for Line 15 of the 1095-C. Enter the amount of the employee share of the lowest-cost monthly premium for self-only minimum essential coverage providing minimum value that is offered to the employee (this amount may not be the amount the employee is paying for the coverage, for example, if the employee chose to enroll in more expensive coverage such as family coverage or if two plans were offered and the employee chose the higher cost plan).
  2. Select a Section 4980H Safe Harbor Code if one of the following situations applied to the employee (this is an optional field, but should be selected if any of the situations listed below apply to the employee). In some circumstances more than one situation could apply to the same employee in the same month. For example, an employee could be enrolled in health coverage for a particular month during which he or she is not a full-time employee. However, only one code may be used for a particular calendar month. For any month in which an employee enrolled in minimum essential coverage, indicator code 2C reporting enrollment is used instead of any other indicator code that could also apply. For an employee who did not enroll in health coverage, there are some specific ordering rules for which code to use; see the descriptions of the codes below.

    • 2A - Employee Not Employed - Select code 2A if the employee was not employed on any day of the calendar month. Do not use code 2A for a month if the individual was an employee of the employer on any day of the calendar month. Do not use code 2A for the month during which an employee terminates employment with the employer.

    • 2B - Employee not Full-time - Select code 2B if the employee is not a full-time employee for the month and did not enroll in minimum essential coverage, if offered for the month. Enter code 2B also if the employee is a full-time employee for the month and whose offer of coverage (or coverage if the employee was enrolled) ended before the last day of the month solely because the employee terminated employment during the month (so that the offer of coverage or coverage would have continued if the employee had not terminated employment during the month). Also use this code for January 2015 if the employee was offered health coverage no later than the first day of the first payroll period that begins in January 2015 and the coverage offered was affordable for purposes of the employer shared responsibility provisions under section 4980H and provided minimum value.

    • 2C - Employee Enrolled in Coverage Offered - Select code 2C for any month in which the employee enrolled in health coverage offered by the employer for each day of the month, regardless of whether any other code in Code Series 2 might also apply (for example, the code for a section 4980H affordability safe harbor).

    • 2D - Employee in Section 4980H(b) - Select code 2D for any month during which an employee is in a Limited Non-Assessment Period for section 4980H(b). If an employee is in an initial measurement period, enter code 2D (employee in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period) for the month, and not code 2B (employee not a full-time employee). For an employee in a section 4980H(b) Limited Non-Assessment Period for whom the employer is also eligible for the multi-employer interim rule relief for the month code 2E, enter code 2E (multi-employer interim rule relief) and not code 2D (employee in a Limited Non-Assessment Period).

    • 2E - Multi-employer Interim Rule Relief - Select code 2E for any month for which the multi-employer interim guidance applies for that employee. This relief is described under Offer of Health Coverage definition on the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i109495c/ar01.html#d0e655.

      Note for Codes 2F through 2H: Although employers may use the section 4980H affordability safe harbors to determine affordability for purposes of the multi-employer interim guidance, an employer eligible for the relief provided in the multi-employer interim guidance for a month for an employee should enter code 2E (multiemployer interim rule relief), and not a code for the section 4980H affordability safe harbors (codes 2F, 2G, or 2H.
    • 2F - Section 4980H - Form W-2 - Select code 2F if the employer used the section 4980H Form W-2 safe harbor to determine affordability for purposes of section 4980H(b) for this employee for the year. If an employer uses this safe harbor for an employee, it must be used for all months of the calendar year for which the employee is offered health coverage.

    • 2G - Section 4980H - Federal Poverty Line - Select code 2G if the employer used the section 4980H federal poverty line safe harbor to determine affordability for purposes of section 4980H(b) for this employee for any month(s).

    • 2H - Section 4980H - Rate of Pay - Select code 2H if the employer used the section 4980H rate of pay safe harbor to determine affordability for purposes of section 4980H(b) for this employee for any month(s).

    • 2I - Non-calendar Year Transition Relief(2015 Only) -Select code 2I if non-calendar year transition relief for section 4980H(b) applies to this employee for the month. See the instructions at http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i109495c/ar01.html#d0e655under Section 4980H Transition Relief for 2015 and 2015 Section 4980H(b) Transition Relief for Employers with Non-Calendar Year Plans (Form 1095-C, line 16, code 2I), for a description of this relief. This code was valid for 2015 only.

  3. The Dependents section is used for Lines 17-22 on the 1095-C.
Note: If the Self-Insured check box is not selected in Setup > Payroll Details > Employers, the label above the Dependents Grid will display "Dependents (Not Required Unless Self-Insured)" and if the Self-Insured check box is selected in Setup > Payroll Details > Employers, the label above the Dependents Grid will display "Dependents (Required)". The first line in the Dependents grid will automatically display the current employee's information. Select the Incl check box to include the dependent on the 1095-C. Enter the dependents associated with this employee. The First Name and Last Name are required fields. The DOB is a required field if the SSN is not entered. The Middle initial, Suffix, and SSN are optional fields. Dependents or blank rows can be removed from the grid by right-clicking on the dependent row and then selecting Delete Row. Dependents apply to all coverage periods.
  1. Repeat Steps 5-10 for each coverage period for this employee.
  2. Click Save.
  3. Repeat Steps 1-13 for all employees.
Note: A coverage period can be copied to from one employee to one or more additional employees (excluding dependents) by right-clicking on the coverage period on the left side of the screen or selecting the coverage period on the left side of the screen and clicking the Copy To button and then selecting the employee(s) to copy the coverage period to and clicking Copy.
  1. You can print the Employee ACA Setup report from ReportsReports > Payroll Setup ListsEmployees > Employee ACA Setup to list the employee ACA setup information. By default, the report will show employees that are not set up with ACA. To add ACA information for an employee, edit the employee (s) and select the ACA Information tab. To show employees that are set up, change the ACA Setup filter to Yes.

Step C - Print the ACA Forms

Note: The example below is for the 1094/1095-C forms, if you are processing the 1094/1095-B forms the screens that display may appear slightly different.
  1. Select Reports > Federal & State Payroll Forms & Reports > Federal Tax Forms.

Forms Update

If you have internet access and the latest version of Federal/State Tax Forms (Aatrix) is not installed, the following Aatrix Update screen will display when you select the menu selection above.

  • If you want to immediately install the update, click Yes and follow the on screen instructions. A progress bar will display as the update continues.

  • If you do not want to immediately install the update and continue processing without the required update, click No.
  1. The Federal Tax Forms screen will display.

  1. Select the Employer you want to print the 1095-C for.
  1. Select Normal in the Report Method. History is used to view or edit a previously saved form.
  2. Select either 2016 1095/1094-C or 2016 1095/1094-B in the Report field. For information about the Affordable Care Act reporting forms and what the differences are between the forms, see the Frequently Asked Questions section of this document, contact your tax preparer or accountant, or use the links above provided by the IRS.
  3. Select 2016 in the Year field.
  4. Click OK. It may take several minutes for the payroll data to be transferred to the printing process. Actual time will depend on the number of employees in your database.
Note: If you have not registered Aatrix or your registration has expired, you will be prompted to register.

Forms Update

If you have internet access and the latest version of Federal/State Tax Forms (Aatrix) is not installed, the following Forms Update screen will automatically be displayed when you select the menu selection above. Simply click on Automatic Update and follow the on screen instructions.

Note: Once the update begins, the window may be behind your program window. If you minimize your program window, you will see the progress of the update or there may be an icon in your task bar that when clicked will display the progress of the update.

  1. If employees are found to be missing ACA information setup for the year you will receive a message asking if you want to continue, if you select Yes, the employees will print, but will not have any of the ACA-specific information generated.

  1. The 1095-C or 1095-B Company Information screen displays to remind you that changes are stored only for 1095s and if needed to change Company Information from Edit > Company Setup in the 1095 Preparer in Aatrix. Click OK.

  1. If this is the first time 1095s are being processed this year, the ACA Setup Wizard will automatically be displayed. The wizard will guide you through the process of verifying data and efiling or printing year end forms. Select No thanks, start processing my 1095/1094s, then click Next.

  1. The Taxpayer Identification Number for this company is displayed. If it's correct, click Next. If it's incorrect, click Cancel. You will need to go back into your payroll program and select Setup > Payroll Details > Employers > Taxes tab to correct the number and then start the export process again..

  1. Review your Company Information. The system will notify you if any required fields have incorrect or missing information. Click Nextif the screen is correct, if it's incorrect, click Cancel. You will need to go back into your program and select Setup > Payroll Details > Employers to correct the information and then start the export process again.

  1. Specify the correct Tax Preparer Type. If you are processing the ACAs for your company/employer or if you are a paid 3rd party tax preparer. If you are a 3rd party tax preparer, you will then be prompted for your information. After making the selection, click Next.

  1. Specify the correct Designated Government Entity type. After making the selection, click Next.

  1. The Employee & Covered Individual Social Security Numbers screen displays, determine if you want to truncate employee and covered individual social security numbers and how the truncation should appear, with asterisks or X's and then click Next.

  1. The Multiple Payroll Data Files option will be displayed. Select Yes if you have multiple payroll databases with the same EIN and see the Frequently Asked Questions section in this document for more information. Otherwise select No and click Next.

  1. The Employer Information screen displays. Review and update the ALE Member Information, Certifications of Eligibility, and ALE Member Information - Monthly sections accordingly and click Next.

Note: This screen does not display for 1094/1095-Bs.

 

Note: The Red Wing Software Technical Support department will not be able to inform you about the specific selections appropriate for you company. If necessary, please either contact your tax preparer or accountant or use the links above provided by the IRS. The Tips Section, the text that displays when you place your cursor over the underlined text on the screen (Hover Text), and the Help Icon may also be helpful. If you have any errors during this process, they will be displayed in the Error Section.

 

  1. The Employee Contact Information screen displays. Review and update any of the employee information, and then click Next. The screen is split into two sections the top displays all of the employees and the bottom displays the selected employee.
Note: If you change any of the information here, it is not saved in CenterPoint Payroll. If necessary, you can cancel this process and go to Setup > Employees in CenterPoint Payroll to change and the restart this process.
Note: If you are printing 1094/1095-B forms, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section in this document for more information about verifying/changing the Policy Origin Code on the Employee Contact Information screen.

  1. The Employee Covered Individuals screen displays. This screen only applies if the employer provided self-insured coverage. Click Next if you did not provide self-insured coverage. If this screen applies to you and you did not select that you provide self-insured coverage, click the link to return to the employer screen or if you provide self-insured coverage and need to add covered individuals, click the Add Covered Individuals button.

  1. The Employee Electronic Delivery screen displays. Verify and update the employee electronic deliver information, for example name, email address, etc, and then click Next. Any employee that has opted in to receiving an electronic version will have the Electronic Only box selected (no paper copy will be printed and mailed to the employee if the Complete ACA eFile Service is used. Note: If you change any of the information here, it is not saved in CenterPoint Payroll. If necessary, you can cancel this process and go to Setup > Employees in CenterPoint Payroll to change and the restart this process.

  1. The Employee Coverage screen displays. Verify and update the employee coverage information, and then click Next.Note: If you change any of the information here, it is not saved in CenterPoint Payroll. If necessary, you can cancel this process and go to Setup > Employees in CenterPoint Payroll to change and the restart this process.

  1. The 1095/1094-C Printing and eFiling Options screen will display. E-filing options are displayed with the costs associated, but that service is optional. Printing forms is free of charge. Choose the appropriate options for your company and click Next. See the Frequently Asked Questions section of this document for information regarding discounted eFiling if you also eFile your W-2 Forms.

  1. If you chose the Complete ACA eFiling Service, you have the option to purchase a PDF archive of your ACA forms, select Yes, include a PDF archive to purchase an archive or select No, thank you to continue without purchasing an archive.

  1. If you have not chosen the Complete ACA eFiling Service option, you have another chance to select that service instead of printing the ACA forms yourself. Click Next to continue.

  1. The Review Data screen will be displayed. Note: If you select the Print button, it will create a printed version of exactly what displays on this screen. If any changes are needed, click Back.   Otherwise click Next to continue.

  1. The 1094-C Transmittal form will be displayed. The form type is displayed in the yellow bar. It also specifies how many different forms were selected to be printed. To print this first form, click Print Copy to print a copy for your own records or Print Final to print the form to file. You will be prompted to enter plain paper. Click OK. Once the data is printed, click Next Step to continue to the next selected form.

  1. The first 1095-C form will be displayed. The form type is displayed in the yellow bar. It also specifies how many different forms were selected to be printed. To print this first form, click Print Final. You will be prompted to enter plain paper. Click OK. Once the data is printed, click Next Step to continue to the next selected form.

  1. The Report viewer is self-guided. Fields that are required for your entry are outlined in either Red or Blue. You can tab between fields. Much of the information on the report is already filled in for you from the integration between CenterPoint Payroll and Aatrix.
  • On the Aatrix Payroll reports screen,
    • Review/edit the report.

    • Review the report for accuracy of values.
    • Fill out required boxes highlighted in Red.
    • Blue boxes may be changed. To change the information on the Aatrix screen, click the box you want to change, change the information, and then click Save. The saved changes will print on the form, but will not change anything in CenterPoint Payroll.
  1. After you have completed all of the entry on the current page, click the Next Step button on the top of the screen.

If you missed any information on this page, Aatrix will prompt you to enter it. The Next Step button at the top of the s screen may need to be clicked multiple times until the Filing Options screen displays.

  1. If you have chosen to eFile any of your forms, the Aatrix Secure eFile screen will be displayed.

If you are enrolled to eFile with Aatrix, click I have Enrolled and have my Login ID, enter your login information, and then follow the onscreen instructions to eFile your forms.

If you are not enrolled to eFile with Aatrix, you can do one of the following:

  • Click Enroll to be transferred immediately to http://efile.aatrix.com to enroll this Taxpayer EIN, then click Enroll in the upper-right corner to begin the enrollment process. After you are enrolled, close the Browser window and select I have enrolled and have my Login Id. Enter your login information and then follow the onscreen instructions to eFile your forms.
  • Click Cancel and enroll each Taxpayer EIN at http://efile.aatrix.com. Go back to CenterPoint, select your forms to eFile, click I have enrolled and have my Login Id, enter your login information, and then follow the onscreen instructions to eFile your forms.
  1. Upon completion of the ACA forms printing process, the ACA History File Options screen is displayed. If you are finished printing forms for the time being, select Close. This screen will also be displayed if the ACA printing process is started again.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I have part-time employees that were active for the year; do I need to set up their coverage information on the ACA Information tab in CenterPoint Payroll even though I won’t be printing a 1095 form for the part-time employees?

A: If you want your ACA employee counts to be accurate, you need to set up your part-time employees with ACA coverage periods. These employees can be set to not produce a 1095 but be included in the ACA counts by selecting Setup > Employees > ACA Information tab, on the left side of the screen add a Coverage Period, and then on the right side of the screen in the Status box select Part-Time and in the Offer box, select Not Applicable (No Form).

 

Q: What are the available Affordable Care Act reporting forms and what are the differences between the forms?

A: The Affordable Care Act reporting forms are:

  • Form 1095-C must be issued by employers with 50+ full time employees (including full-time equivalent employees) or who are a member of an applicable large employer (ALE) group to employees and to the IRS. Filers may submit multiple 1095-C batches to the IRS.
  • Form 1094-C is the transmittal form that must be filed with form 1095-C. This transmittal may have up to three pages which must also be included when e-filing each batch to the IRS.
  • Form 1095-B must be issued by a self-insured employer with less than 50 full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees), or by the insurer to employees and to the IRS as proof of healthcare coverage.
  • Form 1094-B is the transmittal form that must be filed with form 1095-B.

 

Q: I want to send my employee’s 1095 forms electronically to be viewed online with Aatrix. How do I set up my employees to receive electronic copies?

A: Select Setup > Employees > Payroll tab and then select the Consent To Electronic 1095 check box. If this box is selected, a signed consent form must be on file. This form can be printed from Federal & State Payroll Forms & Reports > Federal Tax Forms and selecting Electronic W2 Consent in the Report box. Additional charges apply for eFiling with Aatrix.

 

Q: If I choose to eFile my ACA forms, is there a charge per form/employee?

A: Yes, please click here to view the eFile pricing for ACA and other tax forms.

 

Q: I've decided to eFile my ACA forms and want more information about signing up to eFile and the eFile process, where can I get more information about eFiling?

A: You can obtain additional information about eFiling at https://customer.aatrix.com/redwingsoftware.

 

Q. Do I need to order ACA forms or can I print them on plain paper?

A:. You are able to print all of your ACA copies on plain paper; you do not need to print the transmittal on preprinted forms. Note: There is special perforated blank paper available that is recommended for use when printing employee copies of the ACA forms. This paper comes with the ACA instructions printed on the back of the paper (for the employee copy). This paper is available from Computer Forms, Inc. at http://redwing.computerforms.biz/shop_category.aspx?cid=131 or by calling 800-458-0158.

 

Q. Do I need to print my ACA forms before I close the 2016 year and print January checks?

A. There is no closing process in CenterPoint Payroll, so ACA forms can be printed anytime.

 

Q. I’m trying to process my ACA forms, but I keep getting the message “Would you like to register now, or
evaluate?”

A. You’ll need to register your Federal/State Tax Forms (Aatrix) software. If you have an internet connection, choose Help > Product Registration > Federal/State Tax Forms Registration. Your login will be recognized from the Red Wing Software web site, follow the prompts to create your registration code. If you don’t have an internet connection, call 800-732-9464 and request an Aatrix registration code. If a registration code is faxed to you, do not enter the hyphen included in the number. Enter just the letters and numbers.

 

Q. Why am I getting a “forms update” or "mandatory update" message when I try to process my ACA forms and what do I need to do?

A. At least once a quarter, including at year end, updates are created for the Federal/State Tax Forms (Aatrix) software. When you receive either of those messages, it means that Aatrix has an update available that you should install prior to continuing. If you have internet access at this machine, you can simply select Automatic Update and follow the prompts to do the update through the program. Note: If you have signed up for the service that automatically sends an Aatrix CD at the end of each quarter, please follow the instructions that will be included with the CD. Those CDs will begin shipping before January 1, 2017.

If you don't have internet access at the computer that has CenterPoint Payroll installed, but you do have it available at another workstation, follow the instructions below. This process does require the use of a removable drive (CD, thumb, zip or flash drive, USB Drive, etc.).

  1. From our web site at www.redwingsoftware.com, log in, select Welcome, select My Account Home, under CenterPoint Payroll , and then select
    Federal/State Tax Forms. Click the download file and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. When the download is complete, exit the web site. Copy the RedWingForms.exe file from your desktop to the removable drive (CD, thumb drive, etc.) you’ll be using to move the downloaded file.
  3. Take the removable media source to the computer with CenterPoint Payroll and install by double-clicking on the RedWingForms.exe.

If you don’t have an internet connection at any of the computers, you can call the Red Wing Software Sales department at 800-732-9464, and we’ll send the Federal/State tax forms (Aatrix) updates to you on a CD once a quarter for a minimal annual fee.

 

Q. Can I change the figures on my ACA forms if they are incorrect?

A. Yes, once the data is in Aatrix Federal/State Tax Forms, you can change any figure on the reports that are highlighted blue. Any figure that is highlighted red must be changed before you can print the report. Any figure that is white cannot be changed, but it is a calculated number, so it can be changed by adjusting the fields around the white field. Note: Changing the figures on this screen will only change the printed Federal reports, it will not change the data in your payroll program.

 

Q: I can't remember my username and/or password for the Red Wing Software web site, how do I get it?

A: At www.redwingsoftware.com click on Forgot Login Info enter the e-mail address that was used to originally create the account and your login information will be e-mailed to you.

 

Q: I'm trying to eFile my ACA forms and I can't remember my Aatrix eFile username and/or password, how can I get it?

A: We recommend you contact Aatrix by calling 800-426-0854 or by clicking on the Forgot Login button.

 

Q: If I use the Complete eFiling Service for my W-2 forms, are there any applicable discounts for using the complete eFile service for my ACA 1095 forms?

A: Yes, the Aatrix ACA Complete eFile Service can print and mail employee copies and eFile the required reports to the IRS at a discounted rate. To qualify for discounted 1095s, follow the steps below:

  1. eFile your W-2s using the Aatrix W-2 Complete eFile Service.
  2. Select a mail date for your employee W-2s that provides you with enough time to complete your ACA filing (the mail date may be adjusted at efile.aatrix.com up to one day prior of the set date).
  3. eFile your ACA forms utilizing the Aatrix Complete eFiling Service and save 50%.

 

Q: After exporting my data it asked to register Federal/State Tax Forms Aatrix. How do I register?

A: If you have internet access, simply click on the Online button and follow the onscreen instructions. If internet access is not available, then click on the Manual button and enter your current Aatrix Registration number. Please call Red Wing Software at 800-732-9464 if you need a manual Aatrix Registration number.

 

Q: I have multiple payroll databases for one EIN; how do I merge the databases so I get one set of ACA forms?

A: Follow the steps below to merge multiple databases into one set of ACA forms?

  1. Start the ACA forms process and continue until the Multiple Payroll Data Files screen displays. On the Multiple Payroll Data Files screen, select Yes, I use multiple payroll data files for the EIN and click Next to continue.

  1. The next Multiple Payroll Data Files screen displays, click Save, enter a name for the payroll data file, and click Close.

  1. Open the other database(s) and repeat steps 1-2 above for all databases you want to merge. When all data files are saved, continue to step 4.
  2. At the bottom of the Multiple Payroll Data Files screen, select each database to be merged and then click Merge.
  3. On the Multiple Payroll Data File Merge screen, click Yes.

  1. On the Multiple Payroll Data Files screen, click Continue to continue processing W-2s.

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