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Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

By Lori Jones Internal Revenue Code Section 409A regulates nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans and arrangements, which are commonly used to provide supplemental compensation to key executives. Complying with...more

Neglecting The Plan That Will Get 401(k) Sponsors Living on The Edge

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Lies that 401(k) Plan Providers May Tell You

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Reasonable Compensation Issues Remain On the IRS Radar Part II: S-Corporation Concerns

Our May 26, 2016 article, Reasonable Compensation Issues Remain on the IRS Radar ("Part I"), discussed how the IRS scrutinizes the reasonableness of compensation payments made to C-corporation shareholder-employees. As...more

New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors: Please Read This Article!

You’re a 401(k) plan sponsor and we understand that you’re busy running a business and talking about retirement plan issues is as exciting as watching paint dry. The problem is that paint drying won’t expose you to liability,...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 2: Taking (and Giving) Stock

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A Blueprint for Maintaining an Individually Designed Qualified Plan after the IRS’s Determination Letter Program Cutback

In Depth - On June 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially sounded the death knell for the five-year remedial amendment cycle with its release of Revenue Procedure 2016-37. Effective January 1, 2017,...more

Development of court practice on tax disputes over compensation payments to employees due to company relocation

On 17 June 2016 the Commercial Court of Moscow rendered a decision on the Gazprom Neft OJSC case, No. ?40-2476/16-108-19 (the “Decision”)....more

REMINDER – IRS Questions on Form 5500 Not Required to be Answered

Earlier this year, the IRS announced that it had failed to receive Office of Management and Budget approval and that, consequently, certain questions it had added to the Form 5500 series were not required to be answered by...more

How To Have A Good 401(k) Plan After The Long Run

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Australian employee share schemes - A timely reminder

Companies who provide their Australian based employees the opportunity to participate in an employee share scheme (ESS) have to meet mandatory reporting obligations to both those employees and to the Australian Taxation...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457 Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that prescribe rules regarding deferred compensation plans sponsored by state and local governments...more

IRS Proposes New 457 Regulations for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

At long last, the IRS has released new proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 457 – anticipated since 2007 — regarding nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements offered by tax-exempt organizations and...more

How Retirement Plan Providers Can Deal With The Fiduciary Rule Change

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An HR Checklist for New Employers: You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew; How to Get Your 'Ship' Together

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Below is a condensed HR checklist that...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

New Proposed IRS Regulations Have Potential Broad Implications for Deferred Compensation and Severance Arrangements of Tax Exempt...

Action Item: On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that could significantly impact the deferred compensation and...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

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

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Employee Wellness Programs

Employee wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace as a way to boost employee morale and increase productivity. If not carefully crafted, however, employee wellness programs can run afoul of Title I...more

Wellness Rewards Included in Employee’s Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), through its Office of Chief Counsel, recently released a memorandum regarding the tax treatment of wellness programs. Although the memorandum is not formal advice that may be relied on, it...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

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