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IRS Announces Additional Changes in Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) recently issued Notice 2016-03 (the Notice) addressing three topics and expanding on its earlier announcement of major changes in the determination letter program for individually...more

February 2016 IRS Issues Notice on Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor Plans and Safe Harbor Notices

On January 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2016 - 16 , which provides, effective immediately, significant relief with respect to the ability of a plan sponsor to make midyear changes to a safe...more

IRS Provides Flexibility for Mid-Year Amendment of Safe Harbor 401(k)/403(b) Plans

On January 29, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-16, which provides much-needed guidance and flexibility for mid-year amendments to safe harbor plans. The notice provides that a mid-year amendment either to a safe harbor...more

IRS Proposes Permanent Nondiscrimination/Coverage Relief for Closed Pension Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would provide permanent relief from certain coverage and nondiscrimination testing requirements to defined benefit plans that are closed to new...more

IRS Significantly Liberalizes Permitted Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

On January 29, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-16 that provides guidance on mid-year changes to a safe harbor plan under sections 401(k) and 401(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The guidance provides that a mid-year change...more

Avoiding The “Bumps” Of Being A Retirement Plan Provider

I’m a big fan of business history and every successful company that has ever been founded has had a few bumps along the way. For example, Apple almost went out of business a few times when products like the Newton didn’t...more

IRS Relaxes Rules for Mid-Year Changes

Since its availability, many 401(k) plan sponsors, particularly smaller employers have adopted a “Safe Harbor” plan design under Code Section 401(k)(12) or (13) and 401(m)(11) or (12). Safe Harbor plan designs include both a...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans [Video]

Nexsen Pruet tax and benefits attorney Sue Odom discusses why Employee Stock Ownership Plans are her favorite, including huge tax advantages for certain businesses....more

eBook Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Law for Non-U.S. Businesses

This guide is intended to provide foreign business-people with an introduction to the basic kinds of laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in the United States, and particularly in The Commonwealth of...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - January 2016

Future Trends In 401(k) That A Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of. Who to pick and why. What was good yesterday might not be good today. There were cigarette ads in the 1930s that suggested that smoking had health...more

IRS Issues Proposed Rules on Normal Retirement Age for Governmental Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations relating to the definition of normal retirement age for governmental retirement plans. In 2007, the IRS issued regulations regarding normal retirement age for...more

FASB Updates for 2016 Financial Statements Could Impact Permissible Adjustments under Code Section 162(m)

IRC Section 162(m) provides that a public company may not deduct annual compensation paid to a “covered employee” in excess of $1,000,000 per year, other than certain “qualified performance-based compensation.” For these...more

Future Trends In 401(k) That A Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of

What was good yesterday might not be good today. There were cigarette ads in the 1930s that suggested that smoking had health benefits such as cutting down on colds. It would be about 30 years later that people would find out...more

IRS Guidance on Employee Benefits Implications of Supreme Court Obergefell Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2015-86, which provides some additional clarification, in the form of questions and answers, on the treatment of same-sex spouses under tax-qualified retirement plans...more

Open MEPs will rise again

Multiple employer plans (MEPs) are a topic that many plan providers talk about, but don’t really know what is allowed and what’s not. A multiple employer plan is a plan where unrelated employers adopt a plan and it should be...more

"No Gains, Just Pain: Increasingly Uncomfortable Taxation Environment for Private Equity Executives’ Compensation"

Arguing that their compensation should count as capital gains — since it derives from the appreciation in value of portfolio companies — private equity executives in Europe generally have been taxed under the more favorable...more

IRS Announces Reduced VCP Compliance Fees

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced new general compliance fees for voluntary correction program (VCP) submissions under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), effective February 1, 2016. EPCRS...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Editor's Overview - Happy New Year! Because 401(k) plans play an increasingly prominent role as an employee's principal retirement investment vehicle, fiduciaries overseeing those plans face increased pressure to see...more

But Wait…There's More...Additional Revisions to the Employee Plans Determination Letter Program

As we previously reported in an August 2015 Client Alert, the IRS has eliminated the five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed plans, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Earlier this month, the IRS issued...more

Is a Qualified Retirement Plan Required to Apply Windsor Retroactively?

Following the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in U.S. v. Windsor (in which the Court held that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was unconstitutional), one of the questions facing sponsors of...more

When You Should Fire Your Retirement Plan Providers

I am a huge Mets fan and a big fan of the 1986 Champion New York Mets. One of the biggest mistakes the Mets ever made was firing their manager Davey Johnson after several disappointing fin- ishes in 1987, 1988, and 1989....more

Deadline Approaching for Reporting 2015 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires corporations to provide information statements to employees (including former employees) and information filings to the IRS regarding exercises of incentive stock options...more

The PATH Act Brings Federal Income Tax Changes - The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Enacted in December 2015

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, also known as the PATH Act, was enacted by Congress at the end of 2015. Below are the highlights from that legislation. TAX EXTENDERS - Tax extenders are...more

Avoid a soap opera with updated Beneficiary forms

Yes, I will admit it: I love soap operas. My favorite show of all-time is Dallas and when I was a senior in high school and I was at home around 12:30 pm, I watched in succession: Young and The Restless, Bold and The...more

IRS Moving Forward with Changes to Determination Letter Program

As we reported last year, the IRS determination letter program for tax-qualified retirement plans is about to significantly change. Beginning in 2017, individually designed retirement plans will be eligible to obtain...more

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