Lori Atkin

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New Hybrid Pension Plan Guidance

The IRS recently issued new final and proposed regulations that provide welcome guidance to sponsors of hybrid pension plans. Hybrid pension plans, such as cash balance plans and pension equity plans, are defined benefit...more

10/21/2014 - Employee Benefits Final Rules Hybrid Plan IRS Pensions

The DOMA Decision – IRS Guidance on Application to Retirement Plans

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) June 26, 2013 (U.S. v. Windsor), there have been many questions regarding the recognition of same-sex spouses for qualified retirement...more

4/10/2014 - IRS Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

IRS Permits Mid-Year Changes to 401(k) Safe Harbor Contributions

On November 14, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations that permit mid-year reductions or suspensions of safe harbor nonelective contributions, and that modify the rules permitting mid-year reductions or...more

11/19/2013 - 401k IRS Retirement Plan Safe Harbors

IRS Modifies 'Use-or-Lose' Rule for Health FSAs

IRS Notice 2013-71 recently modified the longstanding "use-or-lose" rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) so that covered individuals may now be permitted to carry over up to $500 in unspent funds in their...more

11/13/2013 - Cafeteria Plans Carryover Basis Flexible Spending Accounts Healthcare IRS U.S. Treasury Use or Lose Rule

The DOMA Decision and Same-Sex Spousal Benefit Issues – IRS Guidance Provides Administrative Relief

On August 29, 2013, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 ("Rev. Rul. 2013-17"), which provides that same-sex couples who enter into marriages in jurisdictions that recognize such marriages will be treated as married for...more

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

The DOMA Decision – Employee Benefit Plans Bracing for Impact

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision regarding same-sex marriage. While welcomed by proponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the decision left many unanswered questions...more

7/12/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA Estate Tax Healthcare Marriage Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

PBGC Issues Proposed Rule on Reportable Events

On April 3, 2013, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") issued a proposed rule amending its existing reportable events rule that it expects will exempt more than 90 percent of pension plans and sponsors from many...more

5/1/2013 - ERISA PBGC Pensions Reporting Requirements

IRS Releases Updated Employee Plan Correction Procedures

On December 31, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2013-12, which contains long-awaited updates to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”), previously set forth in...more

1/9/2013 - Audits EPCRS IRS Retirement Retirement Plan

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