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After months of speculation, on August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published formal guidance on the treatment of same-sex spouses under the Internal Revenue Code. In Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the IRS confirmed that a...more
As we discussed in a previous WSGR Alert, the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor concerning same-sex marriage will significantly affect many employee benefit plans. The IRS recently released the first significant...more
On January 28, 2013, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced updates to its Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance (DFVC) Program.
Severance agreements and employment contracts with release of claims provisions may violate 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Bad release provisions may be fixed, penalty-free, before December 31, 2012.
The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided favorable transition relief for correcting arrangements that impermissibly condition the payment of nonqualified deferred compensation on a service provider's completion of...more
Employers preparing for year-end compliance efforts should be aware of a December 31, 2012 deadline for correcting a common problem in compensation arrangements subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
December 31, 2012, is the deadline for correcting certain errors in the written provisions of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements that provide payments that are contingent on the recipient’s execution of a release...more
In early 2010, the IRS surprised the benefits community by stating in Notice 2010-6 that deferred compensation arrangements that condition payment on employee action (such as the execution of a release, noncompetition...more
Employers should review plans and agreements subject to Internal Revenue Section Code 409A before the end of 2012. That’s when transitional relief afforded by the Internal Revenue Service expires for deferred compensation...more