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Maryland Enacts Mandatory Private-Sector Retirement Program That Impacts Most Maryland Employers

Maryland joins California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon in leading state initiatives to set up state-sponsored retirement plans for employees. The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust (“the...more

Modifications to Code Section 409A Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which applies to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. The proposed regulations are...more

The Future Is Now For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

When I was the head ERISA attorney at a New York based third party administrator (TPA), I left because I saw the future of the retirement plan business and I didn’t think this TPA was a part of it. I had issues with...more

IRS Provides New 409A Guidance; New Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Clarity, Warn of Abusive Practices, and Present...

In Depth - Additional flexibility to use Section 409A exemptions - ..Expanded availability of the rules for transaction-based compensation for stock rights and incentive stock options. The final regulations allow...more

About Pink Cadillacs and SECA Taxes

Peterson v. Commissioner is a case that only a tax person could enjoy. It is a new opinion from the 11th Circuit, decided on May 24, 2016. The court’s opinion is 87 pages long and includes a strong dissent on the majority’s...more

IRS Issues Regulations Affecting Compensation Arrangements at Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, the IRS issued long awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that affect a broad range of compensation arrangements at tax exempt organizations. If a compensation arrangement is...more

Don’t be Phased by Annuity Treatment: Taxation of Distributions During Phased Retirement

On June 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-39 in response to inquiries regarding the appropriate tax treatment under section 72 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) for payments received by an...more

IRS Clarifies that Indirect Owners of Disregarded Entities Are Liable for Self-Employment Tax

The IRS recently released temporary regulations clarifying that an employee of a disregarded entity is liable for self-employment tax if the employee is a partner in the partnership that owns the disregarded entity. See...more

Employment Law This Week: Record Whistleblower Award, Union Election Rules, Wellness Program Rewards, Mixed-Guard Units [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) Presents its Report of Recommendations on June 8, 2016

On June 8, 2016, the 21 members of the ACT presented its 15th report of recommendations to the IRS in a public meeting in Washington, DC. The ACT report addressed five issues...more

New IRS Memo Confirms Tax Treatment of Wellness Programs & Incentives

In a recently released IRS Chief Counsel Memo, the IRS confirmed that wellness incentives are generally taxable. The memo also, indirectly, confirmed the tax treatment of wellness programs more generally....more

Don’t Use Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA

I’ve been writing articles for the past 6 years and the ones that are remembered the most are the ones about how it’s a bad idea for plan sponsors to use payroll providers as the third party administrators (TPAs) of their...more

New IRS Regulations Subject Certain Partners to Self-Employment Taxes

On May 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued new temporary and proposed regulations (Temp. Treas. Reg § 301.7701-2T) addressing the tax treatment of partners of a partnership that is the sole owner of an entity...more

ERISA Fiduciaries: What The Numbers Really Mean

In the Golden Age of Boxing, there was one world champion. Whether it was Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano as the heavyweight kingpin or Sugar Ray Robinson as middleweight crown holder, you knew who was champion. There was one...more

Connecticut Tax Developments

2016 Legislative Session: The New Economic Reality - In his February 2016 State of the State address, Governor Malloy announced that his administration would be adopting a new approach to state budgeting in light of...more

Perspectives - June 2016

In April 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final version of the fiduciary rule. The final rule was six years in the making and impacts retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and the employer who offer...more

New FASB Tax Withholding Rules Give Companies (Particularly Multinationals) More Flexibility

As part of its Simplification Initiative, the FASB recently adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which impacts how companies (both public and private)...more

How to Communicate and Understand Retirement Plan Sponsors

Being a retirement plan provider isn’t just about selling services, it’s really about selling yourself and you can’t sell yourself properly if you can’t communicate with clients and potential plan clients. This article is...more

Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Departments Release New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Templates and Accompanying...

The Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and Treasury (the “Departments”) have jointly released final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) template, the Uniform Glossary, and...more

DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 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 May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory...more

International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

In structuring their workforces abroad, taxes are a major driving force for employers—and if recent government initiatives are any indicator, employers should take care when considering the tax implications of their staffing...more

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

This was the shortest Minnesota Legislative session in recent history, lasting a mere 77 days from March 8, 2016, to May 23, 2016. It produced a hectic pace which ended with mixed results. As lawmakers headed into the...more

Did Your Company Fail to Adopt a New Preapproved Defined Contribution Plan by the April 30th Deadline? The IRS Has a Solution for...

Background - Sponsors of preapproved defined contribution retirement plans were generally required to sign new plan documents on or before April 30, 2016 that incorporated changes required by the Pension Protection Act...more

Law And Accounting Committee Summary Of Current FASB Developments

In March, 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Account. This update simplifies accounting for share-based...more

Simplified 401(k) Roth Rollover Rules Finalized

Final Roth Rollover Rules Retain Simplification of Prior Notice and Ease Rollovers for Participants with Both Roth and Pre-Tax Amounts in their 401(k) Plan Account - Prior to the proposed rules on Roth 401(k)...more

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