Section 409A Internal Revenue Service

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.  less -
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Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged...more

IRS Pursues 409A Audits, Issues Ruling on Certain Options/SARs under 457A

IRS audits signal focus on Section 409A compliance; Revenue Ruling makes certain nonqualified options and stock appreciation rights more attractive for offshore entities. The IRS has begun its limited audit initiative...more

IRS Begins Section 409A Compliance Initiative

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is getting ready to ramp up enforcement of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The federal agency recently announced the launch of a new project to assess the level of taxpayer...more

IRS Issues Revenue Ruling on Applicability of Section 457A to Options and Stock Appreciation Rights

On June 10, 2014, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2014-18, which holds that nonqualified stock options, as well as stock-settled stock appreciation rights (SARs), do not constitute nonqualified deferred compensation subject to...more

IRS Announces Section 409A Compliance Initiative Project

Executive Summary: At the American Bar Association Section of Taxation 2014 May Meeting, an IRS official announced that the IRS has created a compliance initiative project (CIP) for Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code...more

IRS Announces New Program to Audit Section 409A Compliance

Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (Section 409A) governs the federal income tax treatment of non-qualified deferred compensation and retirement plans and arrangements. Employer noncompliance in both documentation and...more

IRS Begins Audit of Deferred Compensation Plans Subject to Section 409A

The IRS announced at recent bar association meeting that it is commencing a formal compliance initiative program (CIP) of selected employers and their deferred compensation arrangements that are subject to Section 409A of the...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Section 409A Audit Initiative May Signal Increased Enforcement Activity"

Since the adoption of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, employers and practitioners have wondered when and how the IRS would enforce it. With the recent IRS announcement of an audit initiative with respect to Section...more

IRS Begins 409A Audit Initiative

IRS representatives have recently announced that the IRS has begun a compliance initiative project to check compliance with section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“409A”). ...more

Survey of Current Benefits Issues

In This Presentation: - Affordable Care Act - Affordable Care Act: Fees and Taxes 2015 – Employer Shared Responsibility Fee - Forms for Reporting Fees - Retirement Plan Errors - Overview - Retirement Plan...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Property Transferred for Services Under Section 83

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations clarifying the forfeiture provisions under Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for transactions...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Sutardja v. The United States: The Federal Claims Court Applies Code Section 409A to Discontinued Stock Options

Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims addressed the application of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code ("409A") to discounted stock options in Sutardja v. The United States. As expected, the court...more

Setting the Exercise Price of Stock Options

While there are many differences between large and small employers when it comes to executive compensation, one common issue confronted by employers of varying sizes is how to set the exercise price of stock options....more

A Cautionary Tale Under Code § 409A: Case Evidences IRS' Willingness To Seek 409A Penalties For Discount Options

The United States Court of Federal Claims recently issued an opinion confirming that § 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 applies in the context of discount stock options. The case, Sutardja v. United States, is one of...more

Court Of Federal Claims Upholds 409A "Gotcha"

If your company has been cavalier about Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, you should reconsider. In a recent opinion by the United States Court of Federal Claims, the IRS scored the first points – more than $5 million of...more

Court Affirms Discounted Stock Options Are Deferred Compensation Subject to Section 409A

Court of Federal Claims agrees with the IRS position that section 409A applies to discounted stock options; holding is important for compensatory stock option grants. On February 27, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims...more

More On Discounted Stock Options Under Section 409A

My colleague Jeff Cairns blogged about a recent court case confirming the IRS’s position that discounted stock options can be considered noncompliant nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Section 409A of the...more

Section 409A Tax Assessed An Discounted Stock Options – Taxpayer Sues For Refund In Federal Court Of Claims

Code Section 409A which was effective in January 1, 2005, provides strict rules that must be applied to most deferred compensation arrangements accruing benefits after the effective date. Failure to comply with the Code and...more

Expiration of 409A Correction Period Regarding the Timing Requirement to Execute a Release Agreement

The payment of severance in the event of a termination of employment is often conditioned on the execution of a release agreement. This requirement may violate the documentary requirements of Code Section 409A ("409A") if the...more

409A Update: Employment Agreements Requiring Executed Releases May Need to Be Amended by December 31

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

Deadline Approaching for Section 409A Year-End Correction

Section 409A Year-End Correction Deadline: Compensation arrangements such as employment or severance agreements, that provide for payments that are contingent on the execution of a release, must be brought into compliance...more

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements Should be Reviewed and May Need to be Amended by December 31 to Comply with Section...

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. Most severance...more

Relief for Correcting Certain Internal Revenue Code Section 409A Failures Expires This Year

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

Section 409A Transition Relief Deadline Quickly Approaching

As the end of the year approaches, important transition relief from penalties and excise taxes imposed by Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) is about to expire. If an employer has an employment agreement or...more

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