Educational Assistance Programs

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Spotlight on Fresno Housing Authority’s community involvement to promote literacy

Rows of HousesEducation plays a critical role in all aspects of life, specifically for low-income families and their ability to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Low-income families often find themselves with limited access...more

What is the Difference Between FERPA and PPRA? Protecting Student Privacy and Confidential Education Records

Two important federal laws protect the privacy rights of all students: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, “FERPA” and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. §1232h, “PPRA.” Both...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Expanded Roth Conversions and Other Benefit and Retirement Related Provisions

On January 2 , 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) (the “Relief Act”) into law. While the principal intention of the Relief Act was to avert the key elements of the “fiscal cliff” by...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Affects Mass Transit Benefits and Other Employee Benefits

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA") into law. ATRA, adopted as an alternative to stepping over the "fiscal cliff," preserves most of the Bush-era tax cuts and...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

Summary - President Obama on January 2, 2013 signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act extends certain tax rates, tax credits, and other provisions previously enacted by other tax...more

A Soft Landing From The Fiscal Cliff For Employee Benefits

Well, Congress in the season of giving has provided plan sponsors and participants with multiple beneficial opportunities to start 2013. Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), also known as the...more

Legal Alert: The Fiscal-Cliff Tax Relief Affected Benefits, Too

As most everyone knows by now, Congress adopted, and President Obama signed, legislation – the American Taxpayer Relief Act (the "Act") – that resolves many elements of the so-called "fiscal cliff," i.e., the various tax...more

Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

President Obama has signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act partially averts the so-called “fiscal cliff,” making permanent many Bush-era tax rate provisions while increasing taxes on...more

Tax-Free Employee Educational Assistance Programs Extended by Fiscal Cliff Legislation

At the end of last year, we alerted you that the beneficial tax treatment of educational assistance programs under Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) pursuant to which an employer pays, or reimburses, an...more

Impending Change in Tax Treatment of Educational Assistance Programs

There is an impending change in the tax treatment of educational assistance programs under which an employer pays, or reimburses, an employee for up to $5,250 in educational assistance under a written plan of the employer. As...more

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