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IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses

Employers have been considering the impact on benefit programs, including the qualified retirement plans, of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing the validity of same sex marriages. In September, 2013, the IRS issued...more

Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination...more

Beneficiary Designations and Spouse Definitions Need to be Updated - 16th State Approves Same Sex Marriage While 3rd Circuit...

Yesterday Hawaii adopted the Hawaii Marriage Equity Act of 2013 recognizing same sex marriages as of December 2, 2013 and permitting persons in civil unions in Hawaii to apply to be married without first requiring dissolution...more

Employee Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - United States v. Windsor - IRS Revenue Ruling 2013-17 - IRS FAQs - IRS Notice 2013-61 - Correction of employment tax overpayments for health and other fringe...more

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Plan to Follow “State of Celebration” Rule

Following the lead of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced that it will apply the term “spouses” and “marriages”...more

New Jersey’s Recognition of Same Sex Marriages Impacts Leave, Benefits and Tax Laws

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage will have an impact on several federal and state employment statutes. In September 2013, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in...more

IRS Announces Special Procedures to Correct Overpayment of FICA for Same-Sex Benefits

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor and supplemental guidance in Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2013-61, providing optional special administrative...more

Same Gender Spouses – The IRS and Department of Labor Now Agree

In Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (Ruling), the IRS stated that for purposes of federal tax laws, same-gender couples who have been legally married in a jurisdiction (domestic or foreign) that allows same-gender marriage will be...more

How to Administer Benefits, Leave, and Taxes in a “Post-DOMA” World

Well, our title is a bit provocative in that not all of your “post-DOMA” questions have yet been answered by the IRS (who defines “spouse” for purposes of employee benefits under ERISA as well as taxation under the Internal...more

U.S. Department of Labor Follows IRS Ruling on Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced that same-sex couples legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage will be treated as married for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security...more

U.S. Department of Labor Announces a “Place of Celebration” Rule in Implementing the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision With...

A few weeks after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that it will apply a “place of celebration” rule in recognizing same-sex spouses for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code (including with respect to employee...more

Guidance on Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages Takes Effect

Plan sponsors will need to take prospective and, possibly, retroactive action in order to ensure compliance with the guidance. On August 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

Employers Should Review Benefits Plans And Other Policies Affecting Employees In Same-Sex Marriages As New IRS Guidance...

Here's something that should be at the top of your to do list on this Monday morning: make sure your benefits and other employee policies are in compliance with new guidance from the IRS that becomes effective today relating...more

The Impact of IRS Recognition of All Legal Same-Sex Marriages on Nonprofit Organizations' Employee Benefit Plans

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, which answers many questions raised by the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor earlier this summer. In Windsor, the Court...more

EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert - IRS issues new guidance on same-sex spouses

In 1996, as states were beginning to consider the concept of same-sex marriage, and before any state had acted to permit it, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act. Section 3 of DOMA defined the term “marriage” as “a...more

New Guidance on Rhode Island State Tax Treatment for Same-Sex Spouses

Following up on our recent e-blast on IRS guidance re: federal taxation for same-sex spouses (link), Rhode Island’s Division of Taxation has clarified that all same-sex married couples will be treated as “married” for all...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Initial Guidance in Response to DOMA Decision

What you need to know: In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor that restricting the federal definition of marriage to heterosexual marriage is unconstitutional, the Department of the...more

Employment Law -- Sep 12, 2013

Federal Agencies Respond to Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), federal agencies are starting to respond with new...more

IRS Provides Much Needed Clarification for Employee Benefit Plans After U.S. Supreme Court Case Strikes Down Defense of Marriage...

On August 29, 2013, IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 which clarified that for federal income tax purposes, the marital status of a same-sex couple is based on the state law or foreign law (e.g. Canada) where the marriage was...more

IRS Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages for Tax Purposes

This summer, same-sex couples achieved a legal victory in the Supreme Court when the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was held unconstitutional....more

Important IRS Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this summer we sent you an Alert concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling (United States v. Windsor) regarding same-sex marriage. This decision declared, as unconstitutional, Section 3 of the federal...more

Employment Law Advisory for September 10, 2013: Same-Sex Spouses—What Does the Supreme Court's Ruling on DOMA Mean for Employers?

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Section 3 of DOMA prohibited the federal government from acknowledging...more

Treasury Department/IRS Clarify Federal Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages: Assessing the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

In recently issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that all legal same-sex marriages will be recognized for federal tax purposes. The revenue ruling was accompanied...more

First Significant Tax Guidance Issued on Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

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

Revenue Ruling Confirms that IRS Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, But Not Civil Unions or Registered Domestic Partnerships

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision inUnited States v. Windsor overturning Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) raised several questions regarding the federal tax treatment of same-sex couples. (See Holland &...more

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