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EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 2 – Beware the ACA Penalties

In my last blog post, I discussed a recent loss by the EEOC in its efforts to limit the ability of employers to require employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) or biometric screenings in order to enroll in the...more

Using Your IRA to Buy a Business: Still a Risky Strategy

I blogged in the past about decisions in which taxpayers have used assets in their IRA to finance a new business. This structure is sometimes known as a ROBS or rollover for business startups. In 2013, the tax court held that...more

Executive Briefing - May 2014

In This Issue: - ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Avoid Rigid Policies and Consider Technology - IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses - OSHA to Refer Untimely...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses

Employers have been considering the impact on benefit programs, including the qualified retirement plans, of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing the validity of same sex marriages. In September, 2013, the IRS issued...more

QDROs For Unmarried Cohabitants?

Sponsors of qualified retirement plans know that, generally speaking, plan benefits cannot be taken from a participant through legal process or otherwise be assigned to anyone other than the participant. There is an exception...more

Government Publications On 401(k) Plans May Be Of Interest

The IRS and Department of Labor issue a number of publications on different topics, including 401(k) plans. The IRS has posted on its website a couple of jointly issued publications directed at small employers who sponsor or...more

5/1/2014  /  401k , IRS

Even A Tax Lawyer Can Get The IRA Rollover Rules Wrong – Part 2

I blogged recently about a tax court decision where a tax lawyer flubbed an IRA rollover, resulting in adverse tax consequences to him and his wife. An interesting aspect of the case – but one not mentioned in the decision –...more

4/1/2014  /  IRA , IRA Rollovers , IRS

ACA Pay Or Play: Is Your Dependent Coverage Compliant?

Now that the IRS has issued final regulations under Section 4980H, the so-called “pay or play” provision of the Affordable Care Act, employers are deciding how to determine whether employees are full-time (30 hours or more a...more

Even A Tax Lawyer Can Get The IRA Rollover Rules Wrong

Individuals are permitted to roll over amounts in one IRA to another IRA only once in a 12 month period. The rollover must be completed within 60 days. ...more

2/13/2014  /  IRA , IRA Rollovers , IRS

Gas Prices Must Be Going Down

Every year the IRS issues optional standard mileage rates that can be used by taxpayers to calculate the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Many employers...more

12/10/2013  /  IRS , Mileage Reimbursement

IRS Loosens Use It Or Lose It Rule

As employers who sponsor cafeteria plans know, flexible spending accounts (FSAs) under those plans have had a “use it or lose it” rule. Under that rule, employees who participate in the spending accounts must make elections...more

More About HRAs And Some About EAPs

I blogged recently about IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) guidance restricting the ability of employers to subsidize individual health insurance premiums for their employees after December 31, 2013. That IRS and DOL guidance...more

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether FICA Taxes Is Owed On Severance Pay

I blogged about Quality Stores, a case in which the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that severance pay is not subject to FICA (Social Security) taxes if certain requirements are met: The severance payments must be made...more

No More Pre-Tax Premiums For Individual Insurance Policies?

Over the years we have seen some employers, particularly small employers, choose to provide health coverage to their employees by paying all or part of the premium for individual insurance policies that the employees have...more

If The Tax Withholding Is Wrong, Don’t Rely On The Employer To Fix It – Part 2

Over a year ago I blogged about the situation of former employees of Verizon who had never worked or resided in the United States but who had U.S. income taxes withheld from payments under benefit plans in which they...more

IRS Says: Be Careful If You Outsource Payment

The IRS recently issued a fact sheet containing tips for employers who outsource payroll duties....more

8/6/2013  /  IRS , Payment Plans , Payroll Taxes

Be Careful If ROBS Is Your Business Financing Strategy

Various promoters have suggested to entrepreneurs that they use the assets in their 401(k) plans or IRAs to finance a new business. These programs are sometimes known by the acronym ROBS, or Rollovers as Business Start-ups....more

5/16/2013  /  401k , IRA , IRS , ROBS

More On Discounted Stock Options Under Section 409A

My colleague Jeff Cairns blogged about a recent court case confirming the IRS’s position that discounted stock options can be considered noncompliant nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Section 409A of the...more

Independent Contractor Or Employee – It Can Depend Upon Who Has The Burden Of Proof

Those of us who work in the benefits area understand that the distinction between employee and independent contractor is an important one, but one in which the determination is not always clear. In many cases, the IRS takes...more

Certain Plan Designs Will Cost More Under The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fees

The Affordable Care Act establishes a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as a private nonprofit corporation to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy makers in making informed health decisions using...more

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