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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, 2016, after more than 15 years of ongoing deliberations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the Dept. of Treasury) issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code),...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt...

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...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

Long-Awaited 457 Plan Regulations Provide Planning Opportunities for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code, fulfilling a nearly decade-old commitment to provide additional...more

Section 409A: IRS Issues Proposed Regulations to Address Open Questions

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (409A Proposed Regs). The government noted that the 409A Proposed Regs are...more

The Impact of Recently Proposed Regulations on Ineligible Nonqualified Plans Under Internal Revenue Code § 457(f)

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service recently issued comprehensive proposed regulations governing nonqualified plans subject to tax under Internal Revenue Code § 457. Code § 457 prescribes the tax rules...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases,...more

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation: IRS Proposes New Section 457 Regulations and Section 409A Clarifications

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed new regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), which governs nonqualified deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and private...more

New Proposed IRS Regulations Have Potential Broad Implications for Deferred Compensation and Severance Arrangements of Tax Exempt...

Action Item: On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that could significantly impact the deferred compensation and...more

"New Rules Impact Compensation Arrangements of Governmental and Tax-Exempt Entities"

On June 22, 2016, the IRS published much-anticipated proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 impacting certain plans maintained by state or local governments or other tax-exempt organizations that provide...more

IRS Issues Regulations Affecting Compensation Arrangements at Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, the IRS issued long awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that affect a broad range of compensation arrangements at tax exempt organizations. If a compensation arrangement is...more

Flexibility Offered for Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Government Agencies

The U.S. Treasury Department has issued two sets of proposed regulations, under Sections 457 and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and tax-exempt...more

Now’s the Time to Review Compensation Arrangements Relating to Unvested Rights

Correction of Errors before Year End Could Avoid Costly 409A Penalties - Sometimes overlooked is the fact that many employment, severance and change-of-control agreements are subject to U.S. Internal Revenue Code...more

Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged...more

15 For ’15: Employment And Labor Resolutions For The New Year

While the year is still young, here are 15 New Year’s resolutions that employers may want to make: 1. Make sure your “independent contractors” are really independent contractors. ”Independent contractors” are under...more

Monthly Benefits Update

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

Severance Payments are Taxable under FICA

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in a dispute over the payroll tax treatment of certain types of severance compensation....more

Severance Pay As Wages: Business As Usual

Confirming what most employers have long assumed to be true, this week the U.S. Supreme Court held that severance payments made to terminated employees are “wages” subject to the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax...more

Supreme Court Rules That Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA Taxes

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that payments of supplemental unemployment benefits (SUB payments) are taxable wages subject to FICA tax withholding. The Court’s decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc.,...more

The Advantages of Offering Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Instead of Severance, Part I: FICA Taxes and More

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), severance is subject to Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax and certain supplemental unemployment benefits are not....more

Expiration of 409A Correction Period Regarding the Timing Requirement to Execute a Release Agreement

The payment of severance in the event of a termination of employment is often conditioned on the execution of a release agreement. This requirement may violate the documentary requirements of Code Section 409A ("409A") if the...more

409A Update: Employment Agreements Requiring Executed Releases May Need to Be Amended by December 31

It is standard practice that employment agreements condition payment of severance benefits or other separation compensation on the employee executing a general release of claims against the employer. However, unless...more

Deadline Approaching for Section 409A Year-End Correction

Section 409A Year-End Correction Deadline: Compensation arrangements such as employment or severance agreements, that provide for payments that are contingent on the execution of a release, must be brought into compliance...more

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements Should be Reviewed and May Need to be Amended by December 31 to Comply with Section...

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. Most severance...more

Relief for Correcting Certain Internal Revenue Code Section 409A Failures Expires This Year

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

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