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 +
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Disclaimer in Top-Hat Plan Could Save Millions for Employer

Do you have a top-hat plan? That’s a plan which is unfunded and is maintained by an employer primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees...more

Courts Reject ERISA-Based Participation and Vesting Challenges to Top Hat Plans

ERISA Sections 201, 301 and 401 provide exclusions from ERISA's substantive protections for "top hat" plans, which are unfunded plans maintained by an employer primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for...more

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

Recently, two bills with confusingly similar names were introduced in Congress. They are both worth mentioning regardless of whether or not they are ultimately enacted in their current form. The SAVE Benefits Act...more

FICA Lawsuit Settles For Over $3 Million

I have previously blogged about a lawsuit brought by participants in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan where the employer failed to report and pay FICA (social security) taxes in the most tax advantageous way. The...more

Split-dollar Life Insurance – A Tax-Leveraged Derivative for Hedge Fund Managers

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 ended the not so discrete secret of hedge fund managers, the deferred compensation arrangement with their offshore funds or as the New York Times described, “an unlimited Super...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Request For Rehearing In O’Bannon

Last week, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit voted 2-1 to deny the O’Bannon plaintiffs’ petition for a rehearing en banc of the Ninth Circuit’s September 30, 2015 decision on the...more

O’Bannon And Alternative Forms Of Injunctive Relief

In O'Bannon v. NCAA, the Ninth Circuit held that NCAA regulations barring compensation to student-athletes are subject to antitrust scrutiny under the Sherman Act’s rule-of-reason analysis. The court upheld the district...more

Year-End Employment Tax Alert– Withholding FICA Taxes on Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Benefits

Under a special timing rule contained in the federal tax regulations, benefits earned under a non-qualified deferred compensation plan are generally subject to Social Security and Medicare employment taxes (FICA taxes) as of...more

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 3) Executive Compensation

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates....more

Nonqualfied deferred compensation plan update

In June 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released updated audit guidelines for nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Basically, audit guidelines are used by the IRS to communicate with the agents in the field who are...more

Title IX Implications of the O'Bannon Decision

The recent federal appellate decision in O'Bannon v. NCAA may have profound implications for colleges obligated to ensure gender equity in athletics under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). In the...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - October 2015

Bundled vs. Unbundled 401(k) Plan Providers: The Choice Is Not Clear. Not an easy choice. In our lives, there are times when we have two important choices. It's Coke vs. Pepsi, Mac vs. PC, Xbox vs. PlayStation...more

The Lessons (and Wisdom) of Rihanna

Everyone these days seems to think they are entitled to more money, from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) claiming that there really are no independent contractors to the thousands of United Automobile Workers...more

Ninth Circuit Rules in O’Bannon Case that Some of the NCAA Compensation Rules are Unlawful Restraints of Trade

On September 30, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, in part, a district court’s ruling that some of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) compensation rules were unlawful restraints on trade in...more

O’Bannon v. NCAA - USCA, Ninth Circuit, September 30, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms in part and reverses in part district court’s judgment that NCAA rule on student-athlete compensation was unlawful restraint on trade, holding that member schools were permitted to raise cap on...more

Now’s the Time to Review Compensation Arrangements Relating to Unvested Rights

Correction of Errors before Year End Could Avoid Costly 409A Penalties - Sometimes overlooked is the fact that many employment, severance and change-of-control agreements are subject to U.S. Internal Revenue Code...more

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

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