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Legal Alert: It’s Time to Review Benefit Denial Letters

On August 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided in Moyer that the contractual time limits governing the period during which a participant must initiate judicial review of a benefits denial must be...more

9/9/2014 - Compliance Contract Drafting Denial of Benefits ERISA

IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the...more

8/27/2014 - ERISA Final Guidance IRC IRS Puerto Rico Retirement Plan

DOL Requests Information on Brokerage Windows in Defined Contribution Plans

On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a request for information (RFI) about the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts, and similar arrangements in participant-directed defined...more

8/22/2014

Financial Service Company’s Nonqualified Plan Found to be an ERISA Pension Plan

In Tolbert v. RBC Capital Markets (July 14, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a deferred incentive compensation plan maintained by a financial services company for certain employees was an...more

8/7/2014 - Employee Benefits ERISA Pensions Qualified Benefit Plans

Circuit Court Split Casts Doubt on PPACA Subsidies for Individuals and Employer Penalties in 36 States

Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on July 22 on whether individual premium subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are available in 36 states that have federally run...more

7/25/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Subsidies Tax Credits

RMD Rules for Longevity Annuities Finalized

Longevity annuities are contracts that provide life annuity payments typically commencing at age 80 or 85; in many (but not all) cases, that is the only benefit the contract provides. As such, these contracts may offer...more

7/3/2014 - Annuities Estate Planning Required Minimum Distributions Retirement Plan

Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not...more

6/17/2014

IRS Releases Additional Rulings on Lump-Sum Windows

The practice of offering lump-sum distributions has become increasingly popular among defined benefit plan sponsors looking to decrease volatility or other defined benefit plan risks. In some situations, plan sponsors offer...more

6/13/2014 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Defined Benefit Plans ERISA IRC IRS Lump Sum Offers Private Letter Rulings Title I Vesting

IRS Issues Retroactive Relief Requirement for Delinquent Retirement Plan Form 5500

Until now, those who used the Department of Labor’s Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP) to obtain relief from penalties for failing to timely file Form 5500 automatically qualified for relief from the...more

5/29/2014 - Compliance IRS Retirement Retirement Plan Voluntary Disclosure

IRS Offers Two New Due Diligence Safe Harbor Procedures for Accepting Rollovers into Qualified Plans

On April 3, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Ruling 2014-9 (the Ruling), which provides guidance helpful to the administration of rollovers by tax-qualified retirement plans by...more

4/9/2014 - Due Diligence IRA Rollovers IRS Qualified Retirement Plans Retirement Plan Safe Harbors

The Honeymoon Is Over: IRS Says It Is Time to Amend Plans to Cover Same-Sex Spouses

On April 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2014-19, which provides a series of Q&As regarding the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and the IRS’s prior...more

4/8/2014 - IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits US v Windsor

Legal Alert: DOL Proposes 408(b)(2) Disclosure Guide

On March 12, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed amendment to its disclosure requirements for “covered service providers” to retirement plans under ERISA § 408(b)(2) that would...more

3/13/2014 - Disclosure Requirements DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Retirement Plan

Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more

3/6/2014 - Capital Gains Corporate Tax Rates Corporate Taxes Employee Benefits Energy Executive Compensation Foreign Nationals Income Taxes Insurance Companies Net Investment Income Partnerships Real Estate Market REIT RICs S-Corporation Tax Credits Tax Deductions Tax Reform Tax Returns

Roll Over, Bobrow: Surprising Tax Court Decision on IRA Rollover Rules

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Tax Court held in Bobrow v. Commissioner that the rule limiting IRA rollovers to one per 12-month period in Internal Revenue Code Section 408(d)(3)(B) applies across all of a taxpayer’s IRAs,...more

2/19/2014 - IRA IRA Rollovers

Proposed Regulation Incorporates IRS Litigation Position on UBTI for VEBAs and SUB Trusts

On February 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed new regulations for calculating the unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) of IRC section 501(c)(9) voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations (VEBA) and...more

2/14/2014 - Business Taxes Corporate Taxes IRS Trusts UBTI

2013 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Advisory Opinions

In 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) maintained a modest program of advance guidance under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), in response to requests from the regulated community....more

1/7/2014 - DOL ERISA Prohibited Transactions

Legal Alert: DOL and Treasury Update 2013-2014 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

On November 26, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. This publication takes the form of a Federal Register notice to comply with certain administrative requirements. The DOL’s...more

1/7/2014 - Cafeteria Plans DOL Employee Benefits Executive Compensation IRS Priority Guidance Plan Regulatory Agenda Retirement Plan U.S. Treasury

A Marriage Made in Washington: Treasury and IRS Recognize Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

On August 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, jointly announced the issuance of Revenue Ruling...more

9/3/2013 - DOMA IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

Legal Alert: DOL and Treasury Update 2012-2013 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. - On July 3, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory...more

7/17/2013 - DOL Employee Benefits IRS New Regulations U.S. Treasury

Legal Alert: IRS Issues Transition Relief Guidance on PPACA Reporting and Employer Penalty

On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-45 (the Notice), granting transition relief from the “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions and certain health plan reporting requirements under the...more

7/12/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare IRS Pay or Play Penalties Shared Responsibility Rule Transition Relief U.S. Treasury

Legal Alert: DOL Opines on Plan Expense Reimbursement Credits

In Advisory Opinion 2013-03A (July 3, 2013), the Department of Labor opined that revenue sharing and similar amounts carried on the books of a retirement plan service provider as a credit due the plan, if properly structured,...more

7/12/2013 - DOL ERISA Reimbursements Retirement Plan

Legal Alert: PPACA Update: Employer Penalties Delayed

On July 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced that it will delay enforcement of the employer shared responsibility penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) until 2015. The one-year...more

7/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Tax Penalties

Legal Alert: Fall of the DOMA-n Empire: Practical Employee Benefits Implications

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided United States v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional and holding that same-sex marriages recognized under state law...more

7/2/2013 - Discrimination DOMA Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA Federalism Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Legal Alert: DOL Proposes to Substitute Creditworthiness Determinations for Credit Ratings in ERISA Prohibited Transaction Class...

On June 21, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) published proposed amendments to certain class exemptions required by Section 939 A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which directs federal...more

7/1/2013 - Credit Ratings Dodd-Frank DOL ERISA Exemptions

Legal Alert: Top 10 Considerations for Employee Benefit Plans After Windsor

Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, and held that the federal government must recognize and accept...more

6/27/2013 - DOMA Due Process Employee Benefits Equal Protection Income Taxes Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

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