Transit Benefits

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New Year, New Employment Laws: Changes New York Employers Need to Know

The legal landscape for employers is rarely static for an extended period of time, and 2015 delivered several important changes for New York employers. Although some of these developments affect companies operating statewide,...more

Form W-2 and 941 Actions May Be Required Immediately for Retroactive Increase in Section 132 Transit Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the Act) retroactively increased the 2015 employer and employee Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Federal Income Tax exclusion limit for transit benefits, from $130...more

New York City Commuter Benefits Law (NYCCBL) Makes Changes For Employers With a Workforce On the Go (Compliance Required by July...

This month a new law requiring certain New York City employers to provide pre-tax commuter benefits to their employees went into effect. Under the law, covered New York City employers must give full-time employees the...more

Congress Engages in Some Holiday Spending on Benefits

Congress’s recent $1.8 trillion holiday shopping spree (aka The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which became law on December 18, 2015) included a few employee benefit packages. We recently unwrapped the packages....more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: Staying on the Compliance Track: The 2015 Health Benefits Year in Review

In a year-end flurry of activity, Congress adopted major tax and spending legislation, which was signed into law on Friday, December 18 by President Obama. The legislation, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016...more

5 Things Every New York Employer Needs to Know Heading into 2016

2015 was a hectic year on the New York labor and employment law front, yielding mixed results for employers and, in many instances, creating more questions than answers. A myriad of state and local laws were proposed (and...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: Year-End Tax and Spending Legislation Includes Employee Benefits Provisions

In a year-end flurry of activity, Congress adopted major tax and spending legislation, which was signed into law on Friday, December 18 by President Obama. The legislation, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016...more

New Transit Benefit Requirements for D.C. and New York Employers Effective January 1, 2016

Two new laws require employers in Washington, D.C. (D.C.) and New York City (NYC) to offer pre-tax transit benefits, effective on January 1, 2016. Employers with employees in these cities must take action quickly to ensure...more

NYC Employers Must Offer Pre-Tax Transportation Benefits Starting Jan. 1

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

Offering Pre-Tax Transit Benefits is no Longer Optional for New York City Employers

New York City’s Affordable Transit Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, will require most employers with 20 or more full-time employees to allow employees to apply pre-tax earnings toward qualified commuting expenses. ...more

New Year, New Required Transit Perk for NYC Employees

New York City’s Affordable Transit Act (Local Law 53) (the “Act”) will take effect on January 1, 2016. The Act requires employers in New York City with 20 or more full-time employees to provide pre-tax transit benefits to...more

Fifth Circuit Rules Employer-Mandated Transit Time May Make Lunch Break Compensable

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, ruled Monday that security guards’ “off-the-clock” meal periods may be compensable when they were required to travel for 10 to...more

Special IRS Payroll Procedures Issued for Retroactive Increase in Transit Benefits

The IRS issued Notice 2015-2, which provides for a special procedure for employers to address the retroactive increase of the monthly transit benefit exclusion from $130 to $250 for 2014. The notice provides guidance on...more

Monthly Benefits Update - January 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Yard-Man Presumption for Collectively-Bargained Retiree Health Benefits - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 574 U.S. ____ (2015) that ordinary principles...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Expanded Roth Conversions and Other Benefit and Retirement Related Provisions

On January 2 , 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) (the “Relief Act”) into law. While the principal intention of the Relief Act was to avert the key elements of the “fiscal cliff” by...more

Monthly Benefits Update - January 2013

In This Issue: - Health & Welfare Plans ..Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Proposed “Pay or Play” Regulations ..Health Care Reform: IRS Issues FAQs on Various ACA Issues ..HHS Issues Final HIPAA Regulations...more

IRS Provides Administrative Guidance On Excludable Transportation Benefit Limits, Retroactively Increased As Of January 1, 2012

On January 16, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-8 providing a special administrative procedure for employers with respect to 2012 transit benefits. Under Section 132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

Employers Can Obtain Refund for Excess FICA Tax Paid as Result of Increased Excludable Limit for Transit Benefits

On January 11, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2013-8 providing a special administrative procedure for employers with respect to 2012 transit pass benefits. The American Taxpayer Relief Act retroactively...more

Transit Benefit Retroactive Relief Requires Immediate Employer Action

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (“ATRA”) of 2013 increased the monthly transit benefit exclusion from $125 to $240 per employee, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012....more

IRS Guidance on Retroactive Increase in Qualified Transportation Benefits

The IRS has released guidance to address employers’ questions about the retroactive increase in the monthly income exclusion for certain transportation benefits enacted as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Affects Mass Transit Benefits and Other Employee Benefits

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA") into law. ATRA, adopted as an alternative to stepping over the "fiscal cliff," preserves most of the Bush-era tax cuts and...more

IRS Guidance to Implement Retroactive Increase in 2012 Mass Transit Benefit Limits—January 31 Deadline

On January 16 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance on the application of the retroactive increase in excludible transit benefits, as enacted under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). IRS Notice...more

Legal Alert: Correcting 2012 Withholding Errors

One of the changes made by the American Taxpayer Relief Act ("ATRA") was to restore the $240 monthly limit on employer-provided transit passes or commuting transportation, which had reverted to $125 as of January 1, 2012. ...more

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