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DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2016

Agencies Issue New FAQs on the Affordable Care Act.The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the agencies) issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of...more

Upcoming Employee Benefit Plan Deadlines

This law alert follows up on our prior alerts entitled "Employee Benefit Plan Filing Deadlines." The following are the most common applicable filing deadlines (and/or "Heads Up" for coming deadlines) or other important dates...more

Partners Are Not Employees, Yet

Recently the IRS issued guidance in the form of temporary and proposed regulations clarifying that individuals who are partners in a partnership that itself owns a disregarded entity are not to be treated as employees of the...more

Partnerships: IRS Extends Prohibition on Treating Partners as Employees

Employees of partnerships, LLCs or their disregarded entity subsidiaries who receive equity in such entities may be treated as “self-employed” for tax purposes. On May 3, 2016, the US Treasury Department (Treasury)...more

Neither a Partner nor Employee Be: Treasury and the IRS Issue Regulations Clarifying the Employment Tax Treatment of Partners in...

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued temporary regulations (Regulations) clarifying the federal employment tax treatment of the owners of partnerships and other entities...more

Important Information for 2015 Form 5500 Reporting: Pension Benefit Plans and Funded Welfare Benefit Plans

As you may know, there have been several new items added to the 2015 Form 5500 series. Specifically, these are: - ..Preparer Information at the bottom of page 1 of Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF ..Schedule H, Lines...more

Updated HSA Limit

This week, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2016-28, which updated the plan limits for health savings accounts and high deductible health plans. These limits, effective for 2017 calendar years, were virtually unchanged from...more

New Regulations Squash Planning Tool for Avoiding Self-Employment Tax and Related Employee Benefit Issues

Tax practitioners often face this issue: client is a limited liability company taxed as a partnership for federal income tax purposes (“LLC”), and it wants to issue equity to a current employee (“Individual”) without...more

Employee Benefits: ERISA Spring Cleaning - Have You Properly Identified All of Your ERISA Benefits? (5/16)

Why Is It Important To Properly Identify All of Your ERISA Benefits? The Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") imposes numerous requirements on covered employee benefit plans, including annual report...more

More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the...more

Cadillac Tax: A Levy in Limbo

The future of the Cadillac tax, a key cost-control mechanism and federal revenue source enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unclear. Though initially set to take effect in 2018,...more

Program Provides Tax Benefits to Workers Shouldering Care Expenses

Workers who must pay for the care of a dependant relative, including a child with special needs, so that they can continue to work can get a significant tax benefit under a little-known provision of the Internal Revenue Code,...more

IRS Requests Comments on New Compliance Questions in Form 5500

The IRS added new compliance questions to the 2015 IRS Form 5500/5500-SF, which is the annual report filed by retirement plans with the Department of Labor and the IRS.  The Form 5500 instructions, however, specifically...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2016

Previously, many advisors had been concerned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on safe harbor plan designs covering 401(k) and 403(b) plans may have severely limited the abilities of plan sponsors to adopt...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2016

Editor’s Overview - This month we review the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industries Health Benefit Plan where the Supreme Court considered the scope of...more

Undermining the Goal of Expanding Coverage for Nonhighly Compensated Employees

One might be led to believe that the current administration is in favor of expanding retirement savings opportunities. After all, the DOL has somewhat apologetically subverted ERISA to allow the States to sponsor...more

New Compliance Questions in IRS Form 5500 Warrant Screening Reviews of 401(K) Plans During 2016

The IRS recently added new questions to the 2015 Form 5500/5500-SF annual retirement plan returns. The Form 5500-Series returns are used by retirement plans to report the financial condition, investments, and operations of...more

Is Your 401(k) Safe Harbor Plan Amendment Really Safe?

Finally, the IRS has made it clear that a 401(k) safe harbor plan may be amended during a plan year, with certain restrictions, and not lose its safe harbor status, in IRS Notice 2016-16 (the "Notice")....more

New Guidance From IRS Provides Mid-Year Changes To Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

Prior to the Internal Revenue Services' (IRS) recent issuance of Notice 2016-16 (the Notice), employers that sponsored safe harbor 401(k) retirement plans were uncertain about whether any mid-year changes to their plans would...more

EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 2 – Beware the ACA Penalties

In my last blog post, I discussed a recent loss by the EEOC in its efforts to limit the ability of employers to require employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) or biometric screenings in order to enroll in the...more

Good News from the IRS on 401(K) Safe Harbor Plans

Safe harbor 401(k) plans are attractive because they are not required to perform annual nondiscrimination testing. In the past, one of the biggest reasons not to offer a safe harbor 401k) plan was the prohibition on changing...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2016

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Application of ACA Fee to Expatriate Health Plans. Section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes an annual fee on covered entities engaged in the business of providing health insurance...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2016

Editor's Overview - This month's article reviews a few non-ERISA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, which may, depending on the breadth of the decisions, impact ERISA litigation. First, in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the...more

IRS Allows Mid-Year Changes, Further Encouraging Safe Harbor Plans

The IRS has issued new guidance giving sponsors of Safe Harbor 401(k) plans much greater flexibility to amend their plans during a plan year. This is welcome relief from the previous IRS position that had hobbled such plans....more

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