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IRS Issues Updated Mortality Tables for 2018 – Impact on Pension Plan Sponsors

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The IRS recently issued new mortality tables for 2018, which will likely increase pension funding liabilities for many plan sponsors. Plan sponsors should consider options to delay the use of the new mortality tables for...more

Employers Helping Employees - Are Disaster Relief Payments and Loans Exempt From Puerto Rico Income Tax?

With the havoc wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, employers are exploring options to provide emergency relief to those employees who have encountered financial hardship to meet their necessities and repair their homes...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 30

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Bill on Disaster Funding: House Republicans easily passed a supplemental spending bill that included $36.5 billion of disaster aid with a vote of 353-69 after some initial worries on Thursday afternoon that it...more

The Truth And Myth Over The 401(k) Investment Policy Statement

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When you go to kitchenware, you see so many different types of kitchen tools that you didn’t know existed. They sell pasta forks and cherry pitters and item you don’t really need, but you have to have. When you’re a 401(k)...more

Client Alert: Congress Provides More Hurricane Relief for Employees and Employers

On September 29, 2017, President Trump signed the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In addition to extending the funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Act contained...more

Spending Quality Time with Your Pension Plan Actuary

by Winstead PC on

The Internal Revenue Service updated its mortality tables under final regulations which are generally applicable on January 1, 2018 and did not delay the implementation of the mortality tables because the update was mandated...more

Hurricane Relief Legislation for Retirement Plans

We addressed hurricane relief for retirement plans offered by the IRS and other agencies in previous blog posts While the IRS relief allows for easier access to retirement funds on account of losses due to the recent...more

Small Business Focus: Employees and Independent Contractors

WHEN A PERSON OR BUSINESS NEEDS SOMEONE TO PERFORM SERVICES, that relationship may be structured in different ways. In some cases it may make sense for the person or business to hire someone as an employee, while other times...more

Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury Grants Temporary Tax Exemptions for Employer-Provided Payments and Certain Benefits to...

by Littler on

On October 4, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) issued Administrative Determination No. 17-21 (“AD 17-21”) granting temporary income tax exemptions for payments and certain benefits provided...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017

Tax Reform Gets Under Way; Special Interest Groups Already Bustling.As soon as the Republican-controlled Congress cast aside (however momentarily) its attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to focus on tax reform,...more

A Time to Remember that Employer-Provider Data Breach Benefits are not Taxable

by Snell & Wilmer on

Hardly a week goes by without another announcement of a high-profile data security breach. The list of data breaches impacting high-profile employers and their employees just in 2017 is long...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: The DOL's Fiduciary Rule and Sales/Marketing Activities

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor on April 6, 2016 released the final version of its “investment advice” regulation and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions (collectively, the “Final Rule”), a highly-anticipated...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Issue 29

by Clark Hill PLC on

Hurricane Supplemental Includes $29B for Disaster Aid and Flood Insurance: Of the $29B, the National Flood Insurance Program will receive $16B to pay flood claims. The House plans to pass the bill next week and the Senate the...more

How And Why Plan Providers Should Help Increase 401(k) Plan Assets

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Many years ago, I was an ERISA attorney working for a “producing” third party administrator (TPA) that was very successful because of its in-house registered investment advisory firm advising a good portion of the 401(k)...more

Republicans Announce Tax Reform Framework, Which Includes Repealing Estate Tax

After months of speculation, President Trump and the Republicans have announced their framework for tax reform. While specific details are not known, the key elements of the framework include...more

Extension of Nondiscrimination Relief to Certain Closed Defined Benefit Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently extended the temporary nondiscrimination relief for closed defined benefit plans. This extended relief is intended to enable closed pension plans (defined as pension plans that have...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #5

Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) triumphant return to Congress on Thursday capped another busy week in Washington, D.C.: Graham-Cassidy Crashes, but Some in GOP Still Looking Down the Road. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the...more

Retirement Plan Features Going The Way Of Bell Bottoms and Betamax

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is like pieces of technology; there are features and concepts out there that are going the way of bell bottoms and Betamax. As a retirement plan sponsor, you need to be up to date with the changes...more

Webcast: Assessing Retirement Plan Compliance in a Post-Determination Letter World

Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Brenna Clark and Meredith O’Leary present, "Assessing Retirement Plan Compliance in a Post-Determination Letter World," a webcast on September 28, 2017. Historically, the Internal...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

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The IRS is providing several types of tax relief for those affected by hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’re monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax...more

Reimbursing Employees? Remember That Form Matters!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As an inducement to recruit and retain employees, employers often agree to offer employees certain expense reimbursements. However, if these reimbursement arrangements fail to meet certain requirements, the employer and...more

IRS Relaxes Rules for Plan Loans and Hardship Distributions for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Victims

The IRS announced (through the two announcements 2017-11 and 2017-13) relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas and surrounding areas in August 2017, and victims of Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida and...more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Client Alert: How Employers Can Aid in Hurricane Irma Recovery

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017. The damage caused by Irma will be well into the billions of dollars. In the wake of the storm, the IRS announced several relief programs that are intended to...more

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