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Fifth Circuit Holds Deferred Compensation Plan Is Governed by ERISA

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

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

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

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

409A Update: Employment Agreements Requiring Executed Releases May Need to Be Amended by December 31

It is standard practice that employment agreements condition payment of severance benefits or other separation compensation on the employee executing a general release of claims against the employer. However, unless...more

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements Should be Reviewed and May Need to be Amended by December 31 to Comply with Section...

Severance agreements and employment contracts with release of claims provisions may violate 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Bad release provisions may be fixed, penalty-free, before December 31, 2012. Most severance...more

Relief for Correcting Certain Internal Revenue Code Section 409A Failures Expires This Year

The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided favorable transition relief for correcting arrangements that impermissibly condition the payment of nonqualified deferred compensation on a service provider's completion of...more

December 31 Deadline for Correcting Release of Claims Provisions that Fail to Comply with Section 409A

Employers preparing for year-end compliance efforts should be aware of a December 31, 2012 deadline for correcting a common problem in compensation arrangements subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The...more

December 31, 2012 Deadline to Correct Certain Section 409A Payment Timing Errors

December 31, 2012, is the deadline for correcting certain errors in the written provisions of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements that provide payments that are contingent on the recipient’s execution of a release...more

Review Compensation Arrangements by Year End to Determine if Amendments Are Needed to Comply with Code Section 409A

In early 2010, the IRS surprised the benefits community by stating in Notice 2010-6 that deferred compensation arrangements that condition payment on employee action (such as the execution of a release, noncompetition...more

409A Transition Relief Expires at Year-End; Employers Should Review Their Plans

Employers should review plans and agreements subject to Internal Revenue Section Code 409A before the end of 2012. That’s when transitional relief afforded by the Internal Revenue Service expires for deferred compensation...more

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