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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Ninth Circuit Disallows Additional Compensation for College Athletes

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit ruled in the long awaited O’Bannon v. NCAA case, which challenged NCAA rules that bar student-athletes from “being paid for the use of their names, images, and likenesses” (NILs) – part of the...more

NCAA Play for Pay? Ninth Circuit Rules Antitrust Rule of Reason Does Not Require Payments for ‘Name, Image, or Likeness’

On September 30, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that the amateurism rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violate federal antitrust laws. The Ninth Circuit panel...more

Court Rules NCAA Can Block Colleges from Paying Student-Athletes, But Allows Scholarships for “Full Cost of Attendance”

In a partial victory for the NCAA, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned in part a permanent injunction issued by the District Court for the Northern District of California, which had required the NCAA to allow...more

Participants in Top Hat Plans Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies

So-called “Top Hat” plans are nonqualified deferred compensation plans for a select group of management or highly compensated employees. These executive compensation arrangements are exempt from many ERISA provisions, but are...more

Looking Beyond the 401(k) for Advisors

Too often brokers and financial advisors think about their client’s retirement plan needs and only think about the 401(k) plan. It’s understandable based on their lack of understanding retirement plan basics, but it’s not...more

A Tribal Financial Executive’s Guide to Deferred Per Capita Plans

With the top tax bracket at nearly 40 percent, Indian tribes making substantial per capita distributions are asking what they can do to reduce their members’ tax liabilities. One option to consider is a deferred per capita...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

To reduce risk of later attack on the domestic partnership agreement, domestic partners should make fair and reasonable financial disclosures to each other prior to signing the agreement. Each partner should disclose to the...more

Changes on the Horizon? IRS Announces New Plans to Recharacterize Management Fee Waiver Arrangements

On July 22, 2015, the IRS released proposed regulations that could limit the utility of “management fee waiver” arrangements (the “Proposed Regulations”). Management fees generally are taxable as compensation income....more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2015

Second Circuit Holds That Posthumous QDROs Are Valid. Yale-New Haven Hospital brought an action in federal court to resolve competing claims by a former spouse of a deceased participant and the deceased participant’s...more

Proposed IRS Regulations Target Management Fee Waiver Arrangements

On July 22, 2015, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) regarding disguised payments for services under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the...more

Proposed Regulations Issued On Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued proposed Treasury Regulations under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, addressing management...more

IRS Updates Guide to Auditing Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated its “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Audit Techniques Guide.” The Guide provides a framework for the IRS to audit nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans. Since...more

Recent Decision Sheds Light on the ERISA Definition of a Top Hat Plan and the Absence of Detailed Guidance

The “top hat plan” exception to full ERISA coverage of an employee benefit plan is the very foundation of executive deferred compensation. The exception provides that “a plan which is unfunded and is maintained by an...more

Deferred Compensation - Updated IRS Audit Guide

The IRS recently updated the Audit Techniques Guide that is provided to its agents with respect to deferred compensation programs, including - as the Guide specifies - salary reduction arrangements, bonus deferral plans,...more

Davidson v. Henkel — What’s Going On With Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans and FICA

In This Presentation: - Davidson v. Henkel Corp. - The Parties - NQ Plan - The Plan’s Tax Clauses - Davidson’s Pre-Retirement Counseling - 2011 Compliance Review and Letter - Henkel’s Tax...more

Two key legislative developments impact wellness plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans

Employer-sponsored “wellness programs” have been a growing trend for years. Many employers have established having some form of such a program to help employees become more aware of their physical well-being. The idea of an...more

Chief Counsel Memorandum Clarifies IRS Position on Informal 409A Corrections

On May 1, the IRS released a Chief Counsel Memorandum that clarifies the IRS’ position with respect to the correction of deferred compensation arrangements outside of the IRS’ formal Section 409A correction programs....more

IRS Chief Counsel Memorandum Clarifies that Correction of Section 409A Failures in Year of Vesting Will Not Shield Income...

Earlier this month, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service released a Memorandum clarifying the impact of a correction of a Code Section 409A operational failure before the date of vesting of nonqualified...more

The Importance of Fixing Section 409A Compliance Failures Sooner Rather Than Later

A recent Memorandum issued by the Office of Chief Counsel within the Internal Revenue Service demonstrates yet again the perils of failing to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The Memorandum takes the...more

Congressional Report Takes Aim At Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

A recent report from ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden and the Democratic staff on the Senate Finance Committee indicates that nonqualified deferred compensation plans continue to be in the crosshairs of potential tax reform...more

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

Don’t Miss Short-Term Deferral Day

Section 409A, the provision of the Internal Revenue Code that regulates the time and form of payment of nonqualified deferred compensation, contains a helpful exception for “short-term deferrals.”...more

Employers: Properly Administer Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans, or You May Be Held Liable to Participants for Adverse Tax...

An employer’s liability to retirees for “improper” FICA tax withholding illustrates the importance of diligent administration of nonqualified deferred compensation plans. In the recent case of Davidson v. Henkel Corp.,...more

Employer Liable For Reduced Value of Deferred Compensation Benefits Due to Failure to Properly Withhold FICA Taxes

A federal district court recently ruled that an employer who failed to timely withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes (FICA taxes) on nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) in accordance with the special timing rule...more

Employers Can Be Responsible for FICA Withholding Errors

Back in 2013 I blogged about a class action lawsuit brought against Henkel Corporation for improper Social Security (FICA) tax withholding from nonqualified deferred compensation benefits. I am blogging now on an update to...more

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