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IRS Updates Guidance on Certain Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2016-16 (the Notice) to provide updated guidance as to when midyear changes to a safe harbor 401(k) plan or 403(b) plan will not violate applicable regulations....more

Employees Traveling Internationally? Read This.

Does your business depend on the international travel of its employees? What would happen to your business if one of your key employees couldn’t get a passport? Beginning this year with the FAST Act, the State Department may...more

IRS Delivers Belated Christmas Gift – Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines

The IRS delivered a late Christmas gift December 28, 2015 when, in Notice 2016-4, it extended the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) reporting deadlines.  The new deadlines affect distribution and filing of Forms 1094 and 1095 for...more

The Problems with 403(b) Plans

I always say that as bad as 401(k) plans may be, 403(b) plans are in much worse shape. It didn’t help that the Internal Revenue Service only issued regulations that governed them only 30 years too late, back in 2008. It also...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Obergefell Decision Affect Your Employee Benefit Plans?

The short answer: No plan amendments are required, but certain plan amendments and operational changes are permitted, and certain operational changes may be required....more

Safe! Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans Permitted

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued long-awaited relief to sponsors of safe harbor 401(k) plans. For years, many employers have relied on various safe harbor plans designs to avoid generally applicable...more

Update – Disapproving the Approval Process: IRS Provides Additional Guidance on the Curtailment of the Determination Letter...

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) recently released Notice 2016-03, which provides additional details for plan sponsors on the curtailment of the determination letter process for individually designed tax-qualified...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: IRS Notice 2015-87 Provides Much-Needed Guidance for Account-Based Plans and...

In IRS Notice 2015-87, the agencies provided further clarification on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) group health plan market reform provisions on account-based plans and much needed guidance on the Section 4980H...more

Advisors Advantage - February 2016

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...more

Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Hospital’s Religious Exemption from ERISA

On December 29, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided in Kaplan v. Saint Peter's Healthcare System, No. 15-1172 (3d. Cir. Dec. 29, 2015) that the pension plan for Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased...more

Leaders Discuss Issues Facing Florida Manufacturers

As part of its ongoing 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), including CEO Jay Timmons and others, stopped in Tampa, Florida on January 28 and 29, 2016. The visit included tours...more

FAQs Regarding the ACA’s Employer Reporting Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

The employer reporting requirements under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") are generally effective beginning January 1, 2015, with the applicable reports filed in early 2016. The purpose of the...more

"Cadillac" Healthcare Tax Delayed to 2020

The so-called "Cadillac Tax" on certain high-cost healthcare plans that was scheduled to take effect in 2018 has been delayed until January 1, 2020. This legislative change, which is part of the Consolidated Appropriations...more

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

New Year, New Employment Laws: Changes New York Employers Need to Know

The legal landscape for employers is rarely static for an extended period of time, and 2015 delivered several important changes for New York employers. Although some of these developments affect companies operating statewide,...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

ACA Limits on Arrangements that Pay for Employee Coverage

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers had a wide variety of options when it came to paying for employee coverage. One common design, particularly for smaller employers, was to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis...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

Integrated Health Reimbursement Accounts, Coordination with Family Coverage, and Notice 2015-87—Something’s Missing

Issued at the end of last year, Notice 2015-87 provided detailed guidance on a host of topics. The notice has been referred to colloquially in some quarters as the “pot luck” notice. Among other things, the notice, in Q&A 4,...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

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