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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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

California Reduces Additional Tax on Section 409A Noncompliance

On October 4, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1173, which reduces from 20 percent to 5 percent the additional California tax on nonqualified deferred compensation that fails to comply with...more

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: Update on California's Additional Tax Relating to Noncompliant Deferred...

On October 4, 2013, California reduced the additional California state income taxes levied on deferred arrangements that violate Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. For taxable years beginning on January 1, 2013,...more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Implement Windsor and Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule: Compensation and Benefits...

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...more

This Time The Employer Is Responsible For The Withholding Error

I recently blogged here about a situation involving Verizon withholding US taxes from payments to former employees who never lived or worked in the U.S....more

Continued Vigilance Required for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

The newness of the IRC Section 409A regulations governing deferred compensation is long-gone, but the complexities of this regulatory scheme remain burdensome and all should be vigilant to ensure compliance as penalties can...more

Next Stop: IRS Compliance Checks Of Non-Governmental 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans

Recently the Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) of the Internal Revenue Service completed an informal compliance check of 401(k) plans conducted via an extensive written questionnaire sent to plan sponsors. ...more

Employment Law Insight - June 2013

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Employment Law Insight, a service of the Employment Law practice group at Patton Boggs LLP... ...Why “Employment Law Insight”? Employers have available to them, and indeed are...more

New Tax Increases Make Deferral of Compensation a (More) Valuable Benefit for Many Employees

This article describes how the new additional Medicare tax, tax on net investment income, higher marginal tax rates, and phase-out and reductions of personal exemptions and itemized deductions make the use of compensation...more

Nonresident Employee Avoids New York Taxes On Deferred Compensation Payment

A taxpayer we will call John worked for a savings bank in New York that was acquired by Washington Mutual Bank. John participated in the New York bank’s supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) and its deferred...more

Lump-Sum Payments From Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans To Nonresident of New York Are Exempt From New York Income Tax

A recent advisory opinion from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance concludes that payments received by an individual nonresident of New York in settlement of his benefits under two nonqualified deferred...more

Divorce Attorney For Financial Advisors And Stockbrokers

Stockbrokers and financial advisors going through a divorce often face non-routine issues due to the unique nature of their compensation. It is important for a financial advisor, and likewise, his or her spouse, to retain a...more

How an Employer Can Improve Their 401(k) Plan At Little Or No Cost

Sometimes you can just rejuvenate something without have to replace it. A nice new tie can breathe life into an older suit. Instead of new kitchen cabinets, resurfacing is an option. Sanding and staining can add luster to a...more

Creditors Can Reach Benefits under "Top Hat" Plan, United States District Court of Maryland Rules

Executive Summary: ERISA “top hat” plan’s anti-alienation provision does not trump state garnishment laws. A familiar feature of ERISA is its protection of a participant’s retirement savings from creditors; ERISA...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

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