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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

"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...

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

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

Same-Sex Couples Should Take Exception With The Missing Exemption

In the wake of the recent determination of the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the mind of a tax attorney begins to wonder about the practical income tax implications for same-sex couples....more

CMS and IRS Publish Proposed Rules on Exemption to Individual Mandate Financial Penalty

CMS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two proposed rules on January 30, 2013 setting forth the exemptions an individual may satisfy to avoid financial penalties associated with the Patient Protection and...more

Expanded Contraception Coverage Exemption for Religious Organizations Proposed by HHS and IRS

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have released proposed regulations, a fact sheet, and a press release on the Affordable Care Act contraceptives coverage under Women's Preventive Health Services...more

Treasury Issues Final FATCA Regulations

Introduction - On January 17, 2013, the Department of the Treasury (“the Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued final regulations (the “Regulations”) under Sections 1471 through 1474 of the...more

New Tax Act Provides Long-Awaited Clarity and Certainty on Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes, and Income Tax...

On January 1, 2013, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), averting the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The legislation, which was signed by President Obama on January 2,...more

In Annual Procedure Update (Usually a Yawner), IRS Imposes 27-Month Deadline For Filing Exemption Applications For All Types of...

The IRS continues to implement the “three years and you’re out” rule for Form 990 non-filers added by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (the “PPA”)....more

2012 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions

In 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) continued a fairly active program of issuing individual exemptions from the prohibited transaction rules of ERISA. These rules generally prohibit, among other things: - Sale and...more

Foley Hoag and AdvaMed Collaborate on Industry Guidance on Retail Exemption in Final Device Tax Regulations

Foley Hoag and the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) collaborated on an important resource guiding manufacturers, importers, and producers of taxable medical devices through the newly released Internal Revenue...more

New 3.8% Tax on “Net Investment Income” – IRS Issues Proposed Regulations

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Proposed Regulations under Section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code providing guidance on the 3.8% additional tax that will be imposed beginning January 1, 2013 on the “net investment...more

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