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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

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

Legal Alert: DOL Proposes Short-Term Relief for and then Prohibition of Many Cross-Collateralization Agreements for IRAs and ERISA...

On May 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to amend ERISA Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 80-26 (PTE 80-26) to allow an indemnity, security interest or other cross-collateralization agreement with a...more

5/30/2013 - Cross-Collateralization Agreements DOL ERISA IRA Prohitibed Transactions

Legal Alert: Tax Court Finds Indirect Prohibited Transaction in IRA

In Peek v. Commissioner (May 9, 2013), the U.S. Tax Court ruled that two taxpayers had engaged in an indirect “prohibited transaction” with their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) when they provided personal guarantees...more

5/22/2013 - ERISA IRA Prohibited Transactions Promissory Notes

Legal Alert: DOL Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Lifetime Income Estimates in Plan Participant Statements

On May 7, 2013, the Department of Labor released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that seeks commentary on requiring a projection of estimated lifetime income to be included in participant statements from...more

5/9/2013 - DOL ERISA Retirement Plan

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