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Alert: Reminder Alert: Incentive Stock Options and Employee Stock Purchase Plans—IRS Information Statements and Information...

This Alert serves as a reminder of certain year-end reporting requirements imposed under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, with respect to incentive stock option exercises and transfers of stock...more

Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Compliance Alert

As we start the New Year, publicly traded corporations should begin reviewing their compensation plans/arrangements to ensure that compensation that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation satisfies the...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case - Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All - Trademark Fees are Decreasing - Excerpt from Trademark Fees are...more

ISO and ESPP Annual Reporting Deadlines Are Approaching

As a reminder, annual deadlines are approaching for certain reporting and filing requirements in connection with incentive stock option (ISO) exercises and employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) transfers that occurred in 2014....more

Employee Share Schemes: ED

The Government has released the Exposure Draft for the proposed changes to the taxation of employee share and option plans (ESOPs). The Exposure Draft generally follows the Government’s announcement on 14 October 2014, but...more

Maine Governor Proposes Major State Tax Restructuring

Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed a major restructuring of Maine’s tax system as part of his FY 2016-2017 budget submission. Generally, the governor’s proposal decreases the state’s reliance on income tax revenue and...more

IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former...more

Annual Notices for ISOs and ESPPs due February 2, 2015

Companies that grant incentive stock options (ISOs) are required to provide notices to current and former employees who exercised ISOs during the preceding calendar year. Similar notices must be given to current and former...more

Employers: 2015 deadlines approach to furnish incentive stock option and employee stock purchase plan information statements and...

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires a corporation to furnish a written statement to any employee or former employee who either (i) exercised an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422 of the...more

ISS Issues FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard

As reported in my October 24, 2014 post, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), a leading proxy advisory firm, has adopted a new “scorecard” approach to evaluating public company equity compensation plans.  In a...more

Reminder to Perform Annual ISO/ESPP Reporting in January 2015

As discussed in our December 16, 2010 blog article, the IRS issued final regulations in 2009 under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that require Employers to annually furnish each employee who exercised...more

Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability

Former and current annuity holders sued John Hancock Life Insurance Company in New Jersey federal court several years ago, alleging that, as a service provider to their 401(k) plans, John Hancock was an ERISA fiduciary and...more

Executive Compensation – It May be Limiting Your Choices

Many community banks have been under fire recently. Added regulatory burdens, additional disclosure responsibilities, cleaning up bad loans, streamlining the organization, staying ahead of cybersecurity threats, and, perhaps...more

Directors Need to Meet High Standard to Avoid Liability

The Tax Court of Canada again confirmed that directors of corporations will have a high burden to meet to establish a due diligence defence and avoid liability for unremitted source deductions....more

2014 Year-End Tax Update

I. A LOOK BACK AT 2014 TAX MATTERS: A. Some Random Observations - ..1. This year’s update is brought to you by the letter “I,” as in “inversions.” ..2. Tired of waiting for Congress to address what they...more

Final regulations on qualified longevity annuity contracts

An ongoing focus for the IRS and the DOL has been trying to ensure that individuals have a regular stream of income for the duration of their lives. In connection with this goal, in July of this year, the IRS released final...more

Why Am I Taxed Now on My Future Receipts: The Woes of a Profits Interest

Companies often grant stock options to incentivize employees and so that their interests are aligned with the future success of the company, and partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) are no...more

Advanced technological service enterprises continue to enjoy preferential income tax treatment

The Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation jointly issued the Circular, on Issues regarding Improving Enterprise Income Tax Policies ("EIT") for Technologically Advanced Service Enterprise ("ATSE")...more

Considerations for Employee Benefit Programs That Benefit Employers and Employees

Employers must compete in the marketplace for talented employees at every level—both in recruitment and retention. It is thus in employers’ best interests to provide employee benefit plans that are attractive to employees and...more

2015 Compensation Committee Handbook

Preface - The duties imposed on compensation committees of publicly traded companies have evolved and grown over time. This first edition of the Compensation Committee Handbook from the lawyers of the Executive...more

Genuine Redundancy – Tale Of Two Cities

An area which continues to challenge employers is the overlapping and complex laws that concern redundancy of employees. For example the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 has a discrete definition for “genuine redundancy...more

Stock Options for Private Companies: Understanding the Risks, Realizing the Rewards

Executive Brief - • Stock options have been useful components of employee compensation, but new accounting rules adopted in 2005 can have a significant impact on a company’s financial processes and can result in severe...more

October 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

- TAX COURT DECISION REMINDS COMPANIES THAT “OFFICERS” ARE STATUTORY EMPLOYEES AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. The United States Tax Court held that a company that was engaged in the buying, reconditioning,...more

IRS and DOJ Crack Down on Cash Reporting Violations

Federal law requires that anyone engaged in a trade or business who receives more than $10,000 in U.S. currency is required to file a Form 8300 (available here) with the Internal Revenue Service. Failure to do so can subject...more

Treasury Department and IRS Allow Lifetime Annuity Contracts as Investments by Target Date Funds

Last week, the IRS issued Notice 2014-66, providing a special rule that allows defined contribution pension plans to give participants a lifetime annuity income option by offering target date funds ("TDFs") that include...more

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