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Deferred Compensation is a financial arrangement whereby a portion of an employee's current wages are distributed at a later time, usually to delay tax liability. Deferred compensation often takes the form of... more +
Deferred Compensation is a financial arrangement whereby a portion of an employee's current wages are distributed at a later time, usually to delay tax liability. Deferred compensation often takes the form of stock options or severance payments.  less -

Unexpected Risks of Early Exercise ISOs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies that permit the grant of early exercise incentive stock options (“ISOs”) do so primarily to limit the impact of the alternative minimum tax (“AMT”). However, due to fairly counterintuitive tax regulations,...more

FICA Taxes and Administrative Traps for Employers

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The nuances of the Social Security and Medicare tax system – collectively FICA taxes – continue to confound and increase the potential liability of employers who are not well versed in this area....more

RSU Awards to U.S. Taxpayers Require Careful Review Before Grant

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Recently we blogged about pitfalls and potential adverse tax consequences for U.S. taxpayers with respect to deferred share unit awards that pay out following the participant’s termination of services. But what about...more

"Trump’s Proposed Changes to Tax, Dodd-Frank, DOL Could Impact Executive Compensation"

President Donald Trump’s campaign proposals included changes to tax rates and a promise to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act. If enacted, these proposals could have a significant impact on the way businesses handle executive...more

DSU Plans Require Careful Review to Avoid Adverse U.S. Tax Treatment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Canadian company is planning to adopt a deferred share unit plan (DSU plan) for its directors. Only one or two of its directors are U.S. citizens or U.S. residents (“U.S. Directors”). With only one or two U.S. Directors,...more

Management Contracts Safe Harbors Revisited – IRS Releases Updated Guidance (Again)

by Bracewell LLP on

Demonstrating the “user-friendly” side of the IRS, on January 17, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (“Rev. Proc. 2017-13”) (available here) to address many (but not all) of the comments received on the rather...more

Employment Law 2016 Review

by Barley Snyder on

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - December 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Significant Changes in US Tax System Likely - In the short time since the surprising election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, much already has been written about the likelihood and likely...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

What is My Company Worth Now? The Importance of 409A to Equity Plans.

Assume your company recently had a significant positive development —a recent financing, a product launch, significant revenue growth, or perhaps even the possibility of an acquisition (or hypothetically, an IPO). Those are...more

Examining the Impact of the 2016 US Elections on Executive Compensation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Will it soon be time to chart a new course in executive compensation? As a result of the November 8, 2016 election, Republicans will control the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives beginning on...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Executive Compensation

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

IRS Announces 2017 Retirement Plan Dollar Limits

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2017 in Notice 2016-62. The key dollar limits, along with last year’s limits, are noted below....more

IRS Announces Year 2017 Retirement Plan Limits

by Blank Rome LLP on

On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced the following dollar limits applicable to tax-qualified plans for 2017: - The limit on the maximum amount of elective contributions that a person may...more

Higher Education Tax and Benefits Memo: Recent IRS Audit is a Reminder to Check Whether Your Employment Agreements and Appointment...

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently notified a major university that it is being audited, and as part of that audit requested copies of the employment agreements of the president of the university, the provost of...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

by Reed Smith on

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

Code Section 409A and You: The IRS Issues New Guidance

Authors: John A. Morrison (Atlanta), Taylor Bracewell (Atlanta) Published Date: October 11, 2016 Earlier this summer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations under Sections 409A and 457 of the Internal...more

UK Prudential Regulation Authority Publishes Final Rules for Buy-Outs of Variable Remuneration

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a Policy Statement and final rules on buy-outs of deferred variable remuneration, i.e., where a firm compensates a new employee for deferred variable remuneration not received...more

Corridors - October 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Proposed 2017 Hospital OPPS Rule Would End Medicare Payments to Many Off-Campus Facilities at the Same Levels as Hospital-Based Outpatient Departments - Published on July 14, 2016, CMS’s proposed 2017 Hospital...more

Changes to Compensation Rules for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The IRS has proposed new rules that will require tax-exempt hospitals (and other tax-exempt entities) to review a variety of compensation arrangements to avoid unintended tax consequences. This article will provide a brief...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In O’Bannon

The Supreme Court of the United States has denied both the NCAA’s and plaintiffs’ petitions for certiorari in the O’Bannon case. The parties had petitioned for review of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth...more

Supreme Court Update: Order List (9/26/16)

by Wiggin and Dana LLP on

Greetings, Court fans! It's (still) the first Monday in October, which means the Supreme Court (and the Update) are back in action. Actually, The Eight dug in a bit last week, issuing cert grants from their September...more

Demystifying Phantom Equity

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Phantom equity is a colorful term for a simple concept: compensation that rewards key contributors for increasing the value of the company without the immediate issuance (or even any future issuance) of equity securities....more

New IRS Guidance on Deferred Compensation for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

Tax-exempt and governmental employers do not pay Federal income tax and therefore, unlike for-profit entities, are not affected by the timing of tax deductions relating to the payment of compensation. Tax authorities are...more

Tax-Exempt Organizations Update: Selected Developments From Washington

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Although comprehensive tax reform in 2016 is unlikely in the midst of an election year, so far in 2016, parties on all sides have proposed specific changes to the rules applicable to exempt organizations. Lawmakers in...more

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