It’s almost fall, and it’s time to start thinking about your Massachusetts PFML private plan exemption if you have one. Many employers got an exemption by using a private PFML plan through an insurance company. Those exemptions have to be renewed annually.
Here’s a bit more info:
- Many exemptions were effective on October 1, 2019, but the state extended most of those to December 31, 2020 to get them on a calendar year cycle. That means that the early adopters of the private plans will likely need to renew their exemptions prior to January 1, 2022.
- I’m told by the Department of PFML that there was a “small set of employers” that were not able to be extended (roughly 170 employers), and they will need to renew their exemptions before October 1.
- An employer can begin the renewal process in the quarter before the renewal is due. So, if your exemption ends on December 31, 2021, you can begin your renewal process after October 1. If you’re one of the employers whose exemption expires on October 1, you need to begin the exemption renewal process now if you haven’t already.
- The Department will be sending out emails to remind employers that the renewal is due. For those that have to renew by October 1, the first email went out on August 11, and a second was sent on August 30. A notice is also generated via MassTaxConnect. If your exemption expires on December 31, you’ll start to see reminders on October 4.
If you want to double-check to see exactly when your exemption expires, here’s how:
- Log in to your MassTaxConnect account.
- Locate the PFML account panel.
- Select “Exemptions” link in the “Account” pane. This will list your exemption start and end dates.
The state website has some good information as well: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/renewing-your-private-plan-exemption
If you have questions about your PFML exemption, the renewal process, or private plans, give us a call at 866-724-0008 or click the link below.