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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

Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry. ...more

7/24/2014 - Bonds Capital Losses Corporate Bonds Federal Taxes Final Guidance Hedges Insurers IRC IRS Mixed Straddle U.S. Treasury Variable Annuities

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

After All the Preparation, It’s Finally Here: FATCA Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

More than four years after Congress enacted the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-147, which added the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions to the Internal Revenue Code, FATCA...more

7/1/2014 - FATCA FFI Form W-8 Intergovernmental Agreements IRS U.S. Treasury

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

Whose Risk Is It Anyway? New Revenue Ruling Provides Guidance for Employee Benefits Captives

On May 8, the IRS issued Rev. Rul. 2014-15, 2014-22 I.R.B. 1, which provides guidance in the rapidly expanding area of insuring or reinsuring employee benefits with captives. ...more

5/16/2014 - Affordable Care Act Captive Insurance Company Employee Benefits ERISA IRS Reinsurance

IRS Declares 2014 and 2015 as a Transition Period for FATCA Administration and Enforcement and Provides an Additional Six Months...

Pursuant to Notice 2014-33 (the Notice), the IRS announced that it will treat calendar years 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for the administration and enforcement of the due diligence, reporting, and withholding...more

5/9/2014 - Due Diligence Enforcement Extensions FATCA FFI IRS

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

FY 2015 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On March 4, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2015 budget (FY 2015 Budget). In keeping with the Administration’s past budgets, the FY 2015 Budget includes a number of tax proposals that target insurance...more

3/6/2014 - Corporate Taxes FATCA Federal Budget Insurers Tax Liability Tax Reform

Potential Impact of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 on Insurance Companies

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a “Discussion Draft” of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, which sets forth his much-anticipated tax reform proposals. Of note, the Discussion...more

3/3/2014 - Business Taxes Corporate Taxes Life Insurance Tax Reform

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

IRS Signals a Potential End to Its Administrative Pursuit of the Separate Account DRD

On February 4, the IRS issued a new revenue ruling – Rev. Rul. 2014-7 – that indicates that the IRS no longer plans to issue formal guidance concerning the treatment of the dividends-received deduction (DRD) with respect to...more

2/13/2014 - Dividends Income Taxes IRS Life Insurance Tax Deductions

Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2014

With the first month of the year behind us, this report outlines major insurance topics that we will be watching throughout 2014. Forces, trends and events that we believe will affect regulation, transactions and...more

2/7/2014 - Affordable Care Act Casualty Insurance Federal Insurance Office Healthcare Healthcare Reform Insurance Reform Insurers NAIC Property Insurance Reinsurance

Victory for the Taxpayer in Validus: District Court Holds that Federal Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Retrocessions

On February 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its opinion in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, which is the first case to involve a challenge to the IRS’s position on the “cascading”...more

2/7/2014 - Excise Tax Federal Taxes IRS Retrocessional Claims

Leaving a Legacy: Divided Tax Court Allows Deductions for Insurance Premiums Paid to Captive Insurance Affiliate

On January 14, the United States Tax Court issued a reviewed opinion in Rent-A-Center Inc. v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. 1 (2014), which held that subsidiaries of Rent-A-Center Inc. (RAC) were entitled to claim deductions for...more

1/20/2014

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures...more

1/15/2014 - Antitrust Provisions Bank Holding Company Act Banks CFTC Collateralized Debt Obligations Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Private Funds Proprietary Trading SEC Volcker Rule

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