Section 409A is a section of the United States Internal Revenue Code enacted in 2004 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act and applies to compensation that a worker earns in one year, but that is paid in a... more +
Section 409A is a section of the United States Internal Revenue Code enacted in 2004 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act and applies to compensation that a worker earns in one year, but that is paid in a future year. If deferred compensation meets the requirements of Section 409A, then the earner's tax liability is the same as it would be for other types of compensation. If deferred compensation does not meet the requirements of Section 409A, then the earner is subject to certain additional taxes.
It is standard practice that employment agreements condition payment of severance benefits or other separation compensation on the employee executing a general release of claims against the employer. However, unless...more
Severance agreements and employment contracts with release of claims provisions may violate 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Bad release provisions may be fixed, penalty-free, before December 31, 2012.
The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided favorable transition relief for correcting arrangements that impermissibly condition the payment of nonqualified deferred compensation on a service provider's completion of...more
Employers preparing for year-end compliance efforts should be aware of a December 31, 2012 deadline for correcting a common problem in compensation arrangements subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
December 31, 2012, is the deadline for correcting certain errors in the written provisions of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements that provide payments that are contingent on the recipient’s execution of a release...more
In early 2010, the IRS surprised the benefits community by stating in Notice 2010-6 that deferred compensation arrangements that condition payment on employee action (such as the execution of a release, noncompetition...more
Employers should review plans and agreements subject to Internal Revenue Section Code 409A before the end of 2012. That’s when transitional relief afforded by the Internal Revenue Service expires for deferred compensation...more
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