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IRS Will Now Permit DC Plan Hardship Withdrawal Self-Certification Summaries

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two recently published memoranda by the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) indicate that it is permissible for 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors and their third party administrators (TPAs) to rely on participants’ written...more

The IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Hardship Distributions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued updated audit guidelines for its agents regarding the substantiation requirements for hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) plans. This guidance is welcome news for...more

IRS Revenue Procedure 2017–13 Safe Harbor Requirements for Services Contracts

IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (the "Revenue Procedure") sets forth, and significantly liberalizes, the requirements for determining whether a contract (a "Services Contract") with a service provider or manager (a "Service...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum setting forth substantiation guidelines for IRS auditors examining whether a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate and heavy financial...more

IRS Issues a Memorandum on Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals from 401(k) Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a Memorandum to IRS agents. The Memorandum identified the steps agents should take, in examining a 401(k) plan, to confirm that a hardship withdrawal is...more

New IRS Memorandum Is a Hardship Act to Follow

In an internal memorandum to its examination agents dated February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance regarding the types of documentation that agents should request in verifying hardship withdrawals...more

IRS Allows 401k Plan Safe Harbor and ADP ACP Corrective Contributions to be Funded from Forfeitures

We are pleased to bring you some good news for 401(k) plans from the IRS. The IRS just issued a proposed regulation that allows safe harbor contributions to a 401(k) plan, or employer contributions used to correct a...more

IRS Issues New Guidance on TIGER Grants

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-22, the IRS clarified earlier guidance regarding safe harbors for corporate taxpayers receiving grants from the government for capital improvements to transportation services. Section 118...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Energy Savings Performance Contracts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Rev. Proc. 2017-19, 2016-6 I.R.B. (the Rev. Proc.), providing a safe harbor under which it will not challenge the tax treatment of an Energy Savings Performance...more

Public Finance Advisory: IRS Releases Clarifying Management Contracts Rules

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

For the third time in as many years, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has issued guidance for determining whether a management contract will result in private business use for property financed with governmental or...more

Newly Proposed IRS Rules Permit the Use of Forfeitures for QNECs and QMACs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that expand the permitted uses of forfeitures in a 401(k) plan. Under the proposed rules, the definitions of “qualified nonelective contributions” (QNECs) and...more

IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts - Impact on Healthcare Providers

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13), the IRS clarifies safe harbor conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use of a property financed by tax-exempt bonds. By way...more

IRS Issues New Guidelines for Qualified Management Contracts for Facilities Financed with Tax Exempt Bonds

by Dickinson Wright on

Health care providers with facilities financed with tax exempt bonds need to be aware of recent changes to the IRS rules for qualified management contracts. On August 22, 2016, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2016-44 which...more

IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Solar Contracts with Federal Agencies

On January 19, 2017, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 (the “Rev. Proc.”) providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as...more

IRS Relaxes Rules on Use of Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor Contributions and QNECs to 401(k) Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The IRS recently issued welcome guidance for sponsors of 401(k) plans. On January 18th, the IRS issued proposed regulations that permit forfeitures to be used to fund the employer’s safe harbor contributions, qualified...more

IRS Provides an ITC Safe Harbor for Projects Under Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreements with Release of...

On January 19, 2017, the IRS released an advance version of Revenue Procedure 2017-19, which provides a safe harbor (the "Safe Harbor") under which the IRS will not challenge the treatment of an Energy Savings Performance...more

IRS Clarifies New Management Contract Safe Harbors

In August, 2016, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2016-44, the first comprehensive revision of its management contract safe harbors since Revenue Procedure 97-13. Rev. Proc. 2016-44 built upon and amplified principles laid...more

IRS Issues New Guidance on the Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor For Renewable Energy Projects

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”) which makes two important changes to its “beginning of construction” rules for taxpayers seeking to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-04, which provides welcome guidance on how to meet the “beginning of construction” requirements for wind and other qualified facilities. There has been...more

IRS Extends Continuity Safe Harbor Until December 31, 2018

On December 15, 2016, the US Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”), which updates previous IRS “start of construction” guidance by extending the Continuity Safe Harbor to December 31,...more

IRS Issues Notice 2017-04, Further Clarifying and Extending the "Begun Construction" Requirements for ITCs and PTCs

On December 15, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2017-04, which clarifies and extends certain "begun construction" requirements for facilities qualifying for the Section 45 production tax credit (PTC) for which construction must...more

IRS Issues Welcome Guidance on “Continuity Safe Harbor” for Wind Energy Projects

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New rules provide wind developers with additional time to satisfy a critical safe harbor. On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-4, which modifies the “continuity safe harbor” as set...more

Tax Developments in 2016: Federal Tax (Part I) - Sections 355, 382, and 385; and new rules on partnership audits dominate...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Section 385 Proposed Regulations — Impact on Related-Party Financing - Section 385 has been in the Internal Revenue Code since 1969. It was enacted to provide guidance for whether to classify an interest in a corporation...more

Higher Education, Exempt Organization & Governmental Financings - Tax Presentation

Qualified Equity - Allocation & Accounting Rules for Private Business Use - New Treasury Regulations regarding measurement and allocation of private business use (PBU) benefit universities that finance a...more

Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Plan Participants? If So, You May Need to Do So by December 1, 2016*

by Alston & Bird on

Plan sponsors of defined contribution qualified plans may need to issue one or more annual notices to participants before the end of each plan year. Failure to issue a required annual notice can have significant consequences....more

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