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Employee Benefits Developments - December 2013

RULINGS, OPINIONS, ETC. - Modification of “Use-or-Lose” Rule for Health FSAs - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2013-71 modifies the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending accounts (health...more

New Carryover Option for Health Flexible Spending Arrangements

Recent guidance from the IRS modifies the long-standing “use or lose it” rule under a health flexible spending arrangement (“Health FSA”) to permit such arrangements to offer participants the opportunity to carryover up to...more

IRS Modifies FSA Use-or-Lose Rule

The IRS recently modified the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for healthcare flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to permit a limited carryover of unspent funds from one plan year to the next. Effective immediately, plan sponsors may...more

IRS Modifies Health Flexible Spending Account "Use It or Lose It" Rule: $500 Carryover Now Permitted

Employees generally may not use contributions made to a health flexible spending account ("health FSA") in one plan year to purchase a benefit that will be provided in a subsequent plan year. This "use it or lose it" rule...more

Income Tax Cost Basis Planning

Prior to the recent and significant increases in the federal estate tax exemption amount, many clients engaged in planning the purpose of which was to ensure the use of both spouses’ exemption amount through the use of a...more

Health FSA Carryover Amendments - Proceed with Caution

Recently the Internal Revenue Service published guidance that permits an employer to amend its health care flexible spending account program (HFSA) to allow a limited carryover of funds. In IRS Notice 2013-71, the IRS...more

The Benefits Game: New Carryover Option for Health Flexible Spending Accounts – A Change in The “Use It or Lose It Rule”

Some cafeteria plans already contain optional grace period provisions that modify the strict “use it or lose it” rules for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (“Health FSA” or “FSA”). These grace period provisions permit FSA...more

IRS Change to Use-Or-Lose Rule for FSA Accounts

Typical Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs) (also commonly called flexible spending accounts) allowed employees to set aside money pre-tax to pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, including deductibles, copays,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 14, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Union Strategy to Push Neutrality Agreements - Justices Consider Pay for Union Workers to Don Safety Gear - Appeals Court Rules for Employers Over Birth Control Coverage -...more

IRS Loosens Use It Or Lose It Rule

As employers who sponsor cafeteria plans know, flexible spending accounts (FSAs) under those plans have had a “use it or lose it” rule. Under that rule, employees who participate in the spending accounts must make elections...more

IRS Changes Health FSA "Use-or-Lose" Rule; Clarifies Transition Relief for 2013-14

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71 (Notice), which modifies the "use or lose" rule for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) to allow a $500 annual carryover of unused...more

IRS Modifies Health FSA "Use or Lose" Rule

On October 31, the IRS issued Notice 2013-71, modifying the long-standing “use or lose” rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs). Under the new rule, employers may permit health FSA participants to carry over up...more

IRS Modifies 'Use-or-Lose' Rule for Health FSAs

IRS Notice 2013-71 recently modified the longstanding "use-or-lose" rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) so that covered individuals may now be permitted to carry over up to $500 in unspent funds in their...more

Use-It-or-Lose-It Rule Modified for Health Care FSAs

The IRS has issued IRS Notice 2013-71, allowing limited carry-over of amounts in employees’ flex plan accounts to the following plan year. Under the guidance employers may permit participants to carry over up to $500 of...more

IRS Modifies "Use It or Lose It" Rule for Health Flexible Spending Arrangements

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance modifying the longstanding "use it or lose it" rule for health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs). Under the notice, employers that sponsor health FSA...more

IRS Provides Additional Flexibility for Flexible Spending Arrangement Use-or-Lose Rules

On October 31, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71, which modifies the long-standing “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending account plans (“FSAs”). Under the rule, any unused...more

IRS Relaxes Use-or-Lose Rule for Health FSAs

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued guidance relaxing the Use-or-Lose Rule applicable to Health FSAs under employers’ cafeteria plans. Now an employer may amend its cafeteria plan to permit plan...more

New Health FSA Carryover Rule Poses Tough Choices for Plan Sponsors

The IRS has announced new, long-requested relief from the “use it or lose it” rule that will allow health flexible spending account (FSA) participants to carry over up to $500 of unused contributions to the next plan year if...more

Health Flexible Spending Accounts – Modification Of "Use It Or Lose It" Rule

Many employers offer health flexible spending account arrangements ("Health FSAs") through cafeteria plans to their employees. Historically, Health FSAs have been subject to a "use it or lose it" requirement, meaning that...more

IRS Relaxes Use-It-Or-Lose-It Rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Notice 2013-71, which relaxes (but does not eliminate) the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending accounts (“Health FSAs”) under Code Section...more

IRS Chips Away at the FSA "Use-or-Lose" Rule

Health care flexible spending accounts ("FSAs") established pursuant to a cafeteria plan under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, have long permitted employees to make pre-tax salary contributions...more

New IRS Guidance Modifies the ‘Use-It-or-Lose-It’ Rules for Health Flexible Spending Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service will now allow an employer-sponsored health flexible spending account (FSA) program to permit the carryover of up to $500 in unused health FSA funds from one year to the next. ...more

IRS Announces Modification To “Use-It-Or-Lose-It” Rule For Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced a modification to the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule that applies to health care Flexible Spending Arrangements (“FSAs”) under a cafeteria plan. Under the use...more

IRS Announces New Health FSA Carryover and 2014 Benefit Plan Limits

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have announced updated guidance permitting carryover of up to $500 of unused health flexible spending account (FSA) balances at the end of a plan year....more

Employers May Allow Unused Amounts in Health FSAs to be Carried Forward for An Entire Year

IRS Guidance Provides An Alternative to the Current “Grace Period Rule” - The Internal Revenue Service recently released Notice 2013-71, which provides an alternative to the Grace Period Rule for health flexible...more

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