Deferred Compensation

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 -
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An Appreciation for Hedging Your Bets on Deferred Compensation

Under Section 457A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), certain offshore and other entities are limited in their ability to provide tax-effective deferred compensation to providers of services to those...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Deferred Compensation Plan Is Governed by ERISA

The decision details important implications for employers that use deferred compensation arrangements....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

Possible Offshore Deferrals for Hedge Fund Managers – IRS Confirms That Certain Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights Are...

The Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") has issued Revenue Ruling 2014-18 (the "Ruling"), which generally confirms that a stock-settled stock option or stock appreciation right that is granted with an exercise/base price of...more

High Tax Rates Spur the Allure of Deferred Compensation

There are a number of reasons why executives choose to defer the payment of current compensation under a nonqualified deferred compensation plan. For example, some executives do not need the compensation to be paid...more

New IRS Revenue Ruling 2014-18 and the Use of Hedge Fund Stock Options

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Revenue Ruling 2014-18 (the “Ruling”) to clarify that stock options and stock-settled stock appreciation rights (“SARs”), properly designed, can be used as a form of compensation to...more

An Appreciation for Hedging Your Bets on Deferred Compensation: IRS Issues Revenue Ruling 2014-18 Under Section 457A of the...

Under Section 457A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), certain offshore and other entities are limited in their ability to provide tax-effective deferred compensation to providers of services to those entities....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

FICA Tax Imposed on Compensation That Will Never Be Received

FICA tax is normally collected through withholding at the time the underlying compensation (“wages”) is received. Under a special rule in the Internal Revenue Code, however (the “special timing rule”), FICA with respect to...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

IRS Launches Targeted Section 409A Audits

The IRS has announced a new targeted audit program to confirm that deferred compensation plans are in compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”). Previously, the IRS has only examined 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

Escaping the Clutches of 409A

Employers often use non-qualified deferred compensation (“NQDC”) arrangements to motivate or reward executive and management employees. These NQDC arrangements, if properly structured, enable key employees to defer income...more

Camp Tax Reform Proposal Could Impact Executive Compensation

On February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the Camp Proposal), which would simplify the Internal Revenue Code and...more

Finding Love in All of the “Right” Places – Part 1: Deferred Compensation Opportunities within Captive Insurance Companies -...

Overview - In my last article, I produced an overview of closely held insurance companies aka captive insurance companies and their excellent tax benefits for businesses. Separate and apart from the risk management...more

Tax Reform Proposal Takes Aim at Executive Compensation

On February 26, 2014, U.S. Congressman Dave Camp released a comprehensive tax reform proposal that includes several provisions intended to limit or restrict executive compensation. Congressman Camp’s proposal includes the...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Ways and Means Tax Reform Bill Proposes Fundamental Changes to Executive Compensation"

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-Mich.) has proposed a draft tax reform plan (the Proposal) containing sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code), including a number of major executive...more

The New, New (EPCRS Voluntary Correction) Thing: 457(b) Plans

The IRS’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (or “EPCRS”) permits corrections, both voluntary and on audit, of a broad range of “qualification failures” — i.e., violations of sometimes arcane and complex tax rules —...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: UK Autumn Statement Brings Mixed Blessings

This year’s Autumn Statement delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Parliament on 5 December 2013, and the subsequent draft Finance Bill and H.M. Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and H.M. Treasury press releases of 10...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Charity CEO Compensation Report

On December 19, the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General released the results of a “focused review” of CEO compensation at 25 of the Commonwealth’s largest...more

Contingencies on Employee Bonuses Delay Employer’s Tax Deduction According to IRS Chief Counsel Memo

An employer cannot deduct cash bonuses in the year in which its employees perform the services giving rise to the bonuses, but must wait until the following year when the bonuses are paid, under bonus plans with several...more

California Reduces Section 409A Tax Penalty from 20% to 5%

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Federal Section 409A”), imposes strict administrative and operational requirements on non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, such as supplemental...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

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