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The Supreme Court’s Church Plan Decision

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court has held unanimously that a 1980 amendment to ERISA means that a pension benefit plan need not be established by a church in order to be exempt from ERISA rules, including most...more

High Court Agrees Pension Plans Sponsored by Church-Affiliated Hospitals Are ERISA-Exempt and Upholds Decades of IRS, PBGC and DOL...

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a much-anticipated decision, on June 5 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a pension plan sponsored by a religious affiliated nonprofit hospital qualifies as an ERISA-exempt church plan even though the plan was not initially...more

The Supreme Court’s New Church Plan Cases — How They Might Affect ERISA Litigation Generally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in three Church Plan cases presents the possibility that many Church Plans thought for years to be exempt from ERISA rules, including its funding rules, will now have...more

Controversial Debt-Equity Regulations Finalized With Limited Fixes, Concessions and Reservations by Government

On October 13, 2016, Treasury and the IRS issued important new final and temporary regulations (the “Regulations”) under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code addressing the treatment of intercompany debt for U.S. federal...more

Looking over the edge of the Cliff - The Use of Pooled Income Funds to Reduce the Taxation of Offshore Repatriated Carried...

by Gerald Nowotny on

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

The next chapter - A new bond linking financial returns to environmental or social goals could thrive. But securities law...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Shakespeare’s Juliet may not have ascribed great significance to a name but for securities lawyers and market participants alike there is significance to nomenclature. Social impact bonds, or investments that are intended to...more

Religious Institutions Update: August 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

When was the last time your organization reviewed your insurance policies? Not all policies are equal. Many religious organizations are underinsured. Most should have general liability, property, professional liability,...more

Review of Section 409A Proposed Regulations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed changes to the regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) §409A. The Code intends to clarify or modify a wide range of very restrictive rules...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 2: Taking (and Giving) Stock

by Bryan Cave on

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Facilitate Common Pay Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a number of updates to current regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The proposed updates...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 1: Firing Squad

by Bryan Cave on

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

The Grisly Death of Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last year that it would end its staggered five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed retirement plans under the determination letter program due to...more

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...more

Proposed FBAR Regulations Expand Filing Exemption and Reporting Requirements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

As reported in our prior client alerts, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR), must be filed by a U.S. person that holds a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, a...more

Trusts, Estates, Exemptions and Taxes

by Lewitt Hackman on

It may be hard to believe that in 2001, the estate and gift tax exemption, also known as the unified credit, was a mere $675K. In 2016 that credit is anticipated to go up to $5.45M for single filers; potentially $10.9M...more

Employers Must Withhold FICA Taxes for Students who Change Status to H-1B Starting October 1

As students and scholars’ status change from F-1, J-1 or other FICA exempt statuses to H-1B starting October 1, these employees will become subject to FICA taxes upon the effective date of their H-1B status....more

Some Tax Implications of Same Sex Marriage

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex has been widely reported upon, including in...more

IRS Notice 2015-43 Addresses Expatriate Health Coverage

New guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) leaves in place the limited Affordable Care Act (ACA) exemptions set out in the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (EHCCA). IRS Notice 2015-43 (Notice)...more

Employee Benefit Plan is Governmental Plan, Even Though Employees are Not, says District Court in 11th Circuit.

It is a deceptively simple statement: Governmental employee benefit plans are exempt from ERISA. 29 U.S.C. § 1003(b)(1). But what about an employee benefit plan of an entity affiliated with a governmental entity, but whose...more

Religious Institutions Update - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

"Church plans" are pension plans (including defined benefit or defined contribution plans) exempt (without an irrevocable election) from many of the legal requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...more

Participation of 100 Hours May Be Sufficient to Generate Active Income Exempt from the 3.8 Percent Health Care Tax on Net...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As business owners begin filing their 2013 federal income tax returns and pay the 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for the first time, they should be aware that 100 hours of participation in an activity may be...more

The Waiting Game: What to Do (and Not Do) While an Exemption Application is Pending

by BakerHostetler on

So, you have thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared the Form 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) (“Form 1023” or “application”) on behalf of a charity, and filed it with the IRS along with a...more

ERISA: Court Disregards Three Decades of IRS Letter Rulings – “Church Plan” Exemption Applies Only if Plan Established by “Church”

You already know that a “church plan” is exempt from ERISA, unless the Plan specifically elects to be governed by ERISA under Internal Revenue Code Section 410(d). But what does it take to become a “church plan”?...more

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