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FICA Taxes Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) Taxes are United States federal payroll taxes levied to fund the Social Security and Medicare system. FICA Taxes burdens are divided between employers and employees and... more +
Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) Taxes are United States federal payroll taxes levied to fund the Social Security and Medicare system. FICA Taxes burdens are divided between employers and employees and are currently set at 12.4% for Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare. less -

2015 Year End Tax Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

A BRIEF LOOK BACK - Where We Are Now – The View from Bucks County, Thanksgiving 2015 - 1. “Make America Great Again!” Sounds like a terrific idea, even for those (few?) of us who think America is already great and...more

Employers Need 2015 Year-End Planning to Meet Employee Reporting and Withholding Requirements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

To avoid tax reporting and withholding penalties as 2015 draws to a close, employers need to properly plan and check their reporting for employees under non-qualified deferred compensation, fringe benefits, health benefits or...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notice 2015-16, intending to initiate and inform the process of developing regulatory guidance regarding the excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage. The...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

IRS Publishes FAQs Regarding Rollovers of After-Tax Contributions. In the December 2014 issue of Employee Benefits Developments, we reported on IRS Notice 2014-54, which allows participants to direct and allocate after-tax...more

Employer Reimbursement of Employee’s Individual Medical Insurance May Subject Employer to Penalty

IRS Notice 2013-54 provides that an employer’s reimbursement of healthcare insurance premiums paid by an employee on an individual health insurance contract of the employee on a pre-tax basis (an “employer payment plan”) may...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

Monthly Benefits Update

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As expected, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS (the “Agencies”) finalized the employer information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) earlier this month. The final rules, which are...more

High Court Employee Benefits Cases: A Review and Look Ahead

Having settled into the new year, we reflect on decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 that are likely to have a significant impact in the world of pension and welfare employee benefits and, in some cases, already have...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The employee benefits issues to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court continue to be of great significance to plan sponsors and fiduciaries. This month we review the Court's employee benefit decisions from 2013 and also...more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

by Winstead PC on

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Reminder: Employers Subject to Additional Medicare Tax Withholding & Reporting Requirements, Effective 1/1/2013

by King & Spalding on

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) increased the employee portion of the Medicare tax on wages received on or after January 1, 2013 by 0.9% of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) wages which are...more

How Will the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Affect You - Details of Legislation passed by Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

On January 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, H.R. 8 (ATRA), preserving many of the key tax provisions passed during the George W. Bush presidency, which were scheduled to...more

FICA Tax “Holiday” Ends With 2012, and Social Security and Medicare Contributions Increase For Some Employees

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On January 1, 2013, Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the bill designed to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Act, which President Obama signed into law yesterday, extended certain tax relief...more

Perspectives - Fall 2012 | Volume 3, Edition 2: An Executive Compensation, Benefits & Human Resources Law Update

In This Edition: - Year-end Deadline for Correcting Section 409A Deferred Compensation Arrangements That Condition Payment on an Employee Release or Covenant: By December 31, 2012, all deferred compensation...more

IRS Releases Guidance For Employers and Others on the 2013 Medicare Taxes under the Affordable Care Act

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On November 30, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released proposed regulations and two sets of frequently asked questions implementing two new Medicare taxes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Election 2012 Results And Impacts

by Morgan Lewis on

Results - President Obama became only the second Democratic president to win reelection since Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Clinton being the other), winning both the popular and Electoral College votes. Along with...more

New 3.8% Medicare Tax on Investment and Unearned Income Beginning in 2013

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Starting January 1, 2013, a new 3.8% Medicare tax will apply to the investment and “unearned income” of individuals, trusts and estates. The tax is intended to apply to income exempt from the regular FICA or self-employment...more

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