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Update on Same-Sex Employee Benefits

In recent months employers around the country, have been scrambling to keep up with developments with respect to the evolving rights of employees in same-sex relationships. This articles touches on some recent guidance in...more

Treasury Department Issues Guidance on Application of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling to Retirement Plans

On April 4, 2014, the Department of the Treasury issued its long-awaited supplemental guidance on when and how tax-qualified retirement plans (including 401(k) plans) must comply with Windsor v. United States, in which the...more

Latest Post-Windsor Guidance from IRS Addresses Issues for Cafeteria Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Savings...

In its latest addition to guidance concerning the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued Notice 2014-1 to address certain issues relating to...more

IRS Issues Notice on Special Tax Adjustment Procedures for Same-Sex Marriages

Notice 2013-61 provides alternative administrative procedures for reporting income and FICA tax adjustments in response to the Windsor decision and Revenue Ruling 2013-17. On September 24, the U.S. Department of the...more

Legal Alert: DOL Agrees with Treasury on Same-Sex Spouse Recognition

On September 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced in Technical Release 2013-04 that, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, the terms “spouse” and “marriage” used in Title I...more

Federal Agencies Issue Guidance That Valid Same Sex Marriages Recognized For All Federal Tax Purposes

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued a public announcement and released Revenue Ruling 2013-17 wherein it answered a number of open questions concerning the impact of the U.S....more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Implement Windsor and Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule: Compensation and Benefits...

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...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

The IRS Formal Guidance Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages Has Benefit and Payroll Implications for Employers

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

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

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

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

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

IRS state-of-celebration rule for same-sex marriages – how it works, practicalities for employers

The Internal Revenue Service has adopted a state-of-celebration rule that, for federal tax purposes, recognizes the validity of a same-sex marriage that was valid in the state where it was entered into, regardless of the...more

Plan Sponsors of 401(k) Plans/Pension Plans: Must Recognize Same Sex Married Couples Effective September 16, 2013

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that for federal tax purposes, spouse includes an individual who is legally married to a same-sex individual under state law. This Revenue Ruling 2013-17 has a...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

The DOMA Decision and Same-Sex Spousal Benefit Issues – IRS Guidance Provides Administrative Relief

On August 29, 2013, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 ("Rev. Rul. 2013-17"), which provides that same-sex couples who enter into marriages in jurisdictions that recognize such marriages will be treated as married for...more

Early Guidance Sheds Light on Impact of United States v. Windsor on Employee Benefit Plans

For many years, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defined marriage under federal law as a legal union between one man and one woman. In June 2013, however, in the case of United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court of the...more

eBenefits Alert - IRS Hears Wedding Bells - New Guidance for Same Sex Marriage under Federal Tax Laws

Right before the Labor Day holiday began last week, the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 stating the IRS position on recognition of same-sex marriage for federal tax purposes. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2013...more

Treasury And IRS Provide Guidance For Same-Sex Married Couples - What Same-Sex Couples Need To Know

The IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on August 29, 2013, that same-sex couples who validly enter into a marriage in a jurisdiction whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex will...more

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