Fringe Benefits

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The IRS Releases The Benefit Plan Limitations For 2016, Most Limits Remain The Same

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced the annual inflation adjustments for 2016 for qualified retirement plans, fringe benefits and health plans. This information may be found on the IRS' website and in...more

New York City Transit Benefit Requirement Fast Approaching

As most New York City employers know by now, beginning January 1, 2016, the New York Mass Transit Benefits Law (the "ordinance") requires employers with twenty or more full-time employees working in New York City to offer...more

Most NYC Employers Required to Provide Transit Benefits in 2016

The New York City Transit Act (the “Transit Act”) will go into effect on January 1, 2016. The Transit Act requires that employers with 20 or more full-time employees (those who work on average 30 or more hours a week) in New...more

NYC Affordable Transit Act: Employers Will Be Required to Offer Qualified Transportation Benefits in the New Year

Effective January 1, 2016, most employers with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City must offer those full-time employees the opportunity to use pre-tax earnings to purchase qualified transportation fringe benefits...more

Payment of Accrued But Unused Vacation Pay

The Connecticut rules for payment of accrued but unused vacation pay when employment terminates are fairly simple, but a brief refresher may be helpful to employers. Connecticut General Statutes § 31-71f requires...more

Covered Employers In D.C. Will Be Required To Provide Transportation Benefits To Employees By January 1, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2016, covered employers in the District of Columbia will need to comply with a new requirement to provide employees with a transportation benefit program. The requirement is set forth in Subtitle A of...more

Use of Estonia in U.S. International Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, Estonia, which is situated halfway between Stockholm and St. Petersburg, currently has more than 350 start-up technology companies – one for every 3,700 citizens – and the government expects...more

Travel Costs of Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers

The recent Full Federal Court of Australia decision in John Holland Group Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCAFC 82 concerned whether the costs incurred by an employer to transport fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) employees,...more

New GAO Report on Contingent Workforce Shows 85% of Independent Contractors Are “Content with Their Employment Type”

A comprehensive government report on the contingent workforce made public two days ago revealed surprising data about independent contractors, finding that 85% of independent contractors “appeared content with their...more

West Virginia Amends Wage Payment Act to Ease Burdens on Employers

The West Virginia Legislature has brought West Virginia more in line with its neighbors in regulating how employers must pay former employees upon the employee’s departure. Historically, West Virginia has imposed different...more

Inadequate Internal Controls Cost Tech Firm $750,000

Without admitting or denying the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s findings, Polycom Inc. settled with the agency on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, over alleged insufficient internal controls and disclosure violations for...more

Deja-Vu All Over Again: Congress Once Again Retroactively Increases Mass Transit Benefit Limits

Prior to the enactment of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (“TIPA”) in December 2014, effective for 2014, mass transit commuters were only able to contribute a maximum of $130 per month on a pre-tax basis toward their...more

Immediate Action Required to Maximize Tax Savings for Mass Transit

Congress and the IRS have expanded the availability and procedures for maximizing the income tax and FICA tax exclusion for mass transit benefits, but immediate action is required to satisfy the IRS special relief provisions...more

Immediate Action Required for Employers that Provided Transit Benefits to Employees in 2014

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (“TIPA”), which in part retroactively increases the monthly limit for employer-provided transit benefits to $250 from $130 (the same...more

Placing “Limits” on “Unlimited” Vacation Policies

With flexibility and work-life balance becoming increasingly important to employees, employers are rethinking the concept of vacation time as a fringe benefit; and some employers are responding to the needs of their employees...more

Feed Me! Thanksgiving Turkeys, Free Lunches, and Wage and Hour Law

With the Thanksgiving holiday ahead of us, we have reached the time of year where some employers start handing out Thanksgiving turkeys, holiday hams, and other gifts to employees, while others provide free or discounted...more

On-Premises Fringe Benefits, Part II: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

In part one of this two-part series, “On-Premises Fringe Benefits, Part I: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?,” I discussed the Internal Revenue Code’s provisions on tax-free employer-provided meals in addition to the...more

On-Premises Fringe Benefits, Part I: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

It is no secret that many Silicon Valley employers serve free gourmet meals to their employees—the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit magazine, Time, Forbes, and other media sources have reported on this benefit. In addition,...more

The Employment Law Authority - October/November 2014

In This Issue: - Employee Benefits. Recent IRS letter reminds employers about issues associated with offering “free” parking - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state -...more

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2014

IRS Announces 2015 Dollar Limits for Health FSAs and Transportation Benefits - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2015 dollar limits applicable to contributions to health flexible spending accounts...more

IRS Issues 2015 Limits for Qualified Retirement Plans, Health FSAs, and Transportation Fringe Benefits

You know it’s Fall when the leaves turn color, jack-o-lanterns wink in the twilight, the World Series plays on … and the IRS announces new indexed annual limits for employee benefit plans. Sticking to tradition, the IRS...more

IRS Announces Impending Tighter Enforcement of Employer-Provided Meals, Fringe Benefits

Internal Revenue Code § 119 allows employers to deduct 100% of the value of meals provided to employees when they are for the convenience of the employer, and they are furnished on the business premises of the employer. Meals...more

IRS Reminds Employers Value of “Free” Parking May Be Taxable Fringe Benefit

A recent Information Letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the taxation of employer-provided parking, although noncontroversial, serves as a useful reminder that “free” parking for employees may result in...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Taxation

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed below....more

SCA H&W Rate Increases to $4.02 per hour Effective July 2014

The prevailing health and welfare (H&W) fringe benefit rate was increased effective July 22, 2014 to $4.02 per hour, with the exception that the benefit rate in Hawaii will be $1.66. The new H&W rate applies to “all...more

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