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Benesch Perspectives - July 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Giving to Religion Trending Downward for a Decade - What You Can Learn from Giving 2014 - Is the Front Door Closing on the Parsonage...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

NJ Federal Court Rules Pension Plan Established By Church-Controlled Hospital Not an ERISA-Exempt Church Plan

On March 31, 2014 the U.S. District Court in New Jersey held that a defined benefit pension plan established by St. Peter’s Healthcare System was not a church plan exempt under ERISA despite the fact that St. Peter’s is...more

Perspectives - November 2013

In Revenue Ruling 2013–17, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the terms “husband and wife,” “husband” and “wife” in the Internal Revenue Code are to be interpreted to include an individual married to a person...more

California Enacts 409A Legislation Reducing State Tax Penalty

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB1173 on Oct. 4, 2013, reducing the California 409A tax penalty from 20% to 5% for taxable years beginning January 1, 2013. The bill, a victory for California businesses and...more

Attention Non-Profits, Public Schools and Other 403(b) Plan Sponsors: the Deadline to Correct a Failure to Adopt a Section 403(b)...

In what seems like a lifetime ago, the IRS provided eligible plan sponsors until December 31, 2009 to adopt a written plan under which they would maintain their existing Section 403(b) arrangements. A 403(b) plan is a...more

IRS to Begin Compliance Checks of Non-Governmental Section 457(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced it was conducting “compliance checks” of Section 457(b) plans. This newsletter discusses what those compliance checks involve as well as the steps Section 457(b) plan sponsors...more

Next Stop: IRS Compliance Checks Of Non-Governmental 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans

Recently the Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) of the Internal Revenue Service completed an informal compliance check of 401(k) plans conducted via an extensive written questionnaire sent to plan sponsors. ...more

IRS Announces Compliance Check Program for Tax-Exempt Employers

Sponsors of 457(b) plans may receive questionnaires aimed at identifying noncompliance issues. On June 3, the Employee Plans Compliance Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the creation of its Section...more

IRS Announces Plans To Look Into UBTI Reporting On A Broader Scale

On May 8, 2013, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on the Oversight of Tax-Exempt Organizations held a hearing on the College and University Compliance Project Final Report (“Final Report”) issued by the IRS on April 25,...more

IRS Releases College And University Compliance Project Final Report – Implications For All Tax-Exempt Organizations

On April 25, 2013, the IRS released its College and University Compliance Project Final Report, which updates the interim report issued in 2010. ...more

Five Years in the Making - IRS Releases Findings from Colleges and Universities Compliance Project

The IRS announced it is nearing completion of a five year long compliance project involving tax-exempt colleges and universities. The project, which began with questionnaires to 400 randomly-selected institutions, focused on...more

Recent 403(b) Developments

Background - 403(b) retirement plans are similar to 401(k) plans, but the employers who may establish 403(b) plans are limited to public schools, certain tax exempt employers (including religious and charitable...more

"Exempt and Nonprofit Organizations Alert: IRS Addresses UBTI and Executive Compensation Issues"

IRS Addresses Issues of Unrelated Business Taxable Income and Executive Compensation in Colleges and Universities Compliance Project Report - On April 25, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its Final...more

Regulatory Focus on Colleges and Universities Is Increasing

In the last two weeks, both the IRS and Congressional officials announced major milestones in the increasing regulatory focus on colleges and universities. First, the IRS emphasized misreported taxable income and...more

IRS Issues Final Report on Colleges and Universities Compliance Project

Report offers lessons for many tax-exempt organizations on unrelated business taxable income and executive compensation....more

Recent IRS Guidance Concerning 403(b) Plans

Final Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b) regulations which became effective January 1, 2009 require that plan sponsors adopt written 403(b) Plan documents. ...more

IRS Releases Final Colleges and Universities Compliance Report: Reveals Significant Underreporting

A recent report of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations (EO) division provides the results of a multi-year audit of tax-exempt colleges and universities regarding their compliance with IRS reporting requirements. The report focuses...more

Compensation and Unrelated Business Income are Focus of IRS Colleges and Universities Report

Just a few weeks before many tax-exempt organizations file their annual Form 990, the IRS yesterday released its final report on the Colleges and Universities Compliance Project, which it had initiated in 2008 by sending...more

403(b) Plans – Correction Of Plan Errors

Final Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b) regulations issued December 31, 2009 require that plan sponsors adopt written 403(b) Plan documents. A 403(b) Plan is a form of defined contribution retirement plan that may only be...more

403(b) Plans – Correction Due To Loss Of Tax-Exempt Status

What happens if a tax-exempt organization becomes ineligible to sponsor a Section 403(b) Plan because it loses its exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)? As an example, loss of tax-exempt status may...more

IRS Relief for 403(b) Retirement Plans

Recognizing that the requirement to have a detailed written plan document for a 403(b) retirement plan was a new and arduous task for many non-profit entities who sponsored such plans, the IRS has now published favorable...more

Why Employers Should Plan Now for Obamacare

Beginning in 2014, large employers will be subject to a potential tax penalty under the “shared responsibility” provisions of the Affordable Care Act’ (“ACA” or “Obamacare”). This is commonly known as the “play or pay”...more

IRS Issues Final and Temporary Regulations on Supporting Organizations

Many practitioners have been anxious to leaf through regulations to confidently determine whether an organization is a “functionally integrated” or “non-functionally integrated” Type III supporting organization, and the...more

Tax Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting in late October. Affected individuals and businesses have until February 1,...more

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