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Quirky Question #231, Is it Really Employee Appreciation if the Gift Card is Taxable?

Question: Our company awards prizes at holiday parties and, from-time-to-time, at employee appreciation events. The prizes range from company logo t-shirts to $50 gift cards and cameras worth about $125. Do we need...more

Tips for Budding Real Estate Entrepreneurs, Part One

As a young married couple, my wife and I are often encouraged to look beyond our W-2 income for ways to generate wealth. Real estate is often identified as the low-hanging fruit of investments. You buy a house, fix it up a...more

Filing From Home, and Health Insurance Reporting on W-2s

According to an IRS release last week, the number of taxpayers electronically filing their own returns from home has increased compared to last year at this time by approximately 6%. Overall, the IRS has received about the...more

IRS Releases FAQs on Cafeteria Plan Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses Post-DOMA

The Internal Revenue Service has released a series of FAQs to answer several outstanding questions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The most...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

Employee Benefits Update: 2013 Year End Plan Tasks

As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Employer-Provided Health Care Coverage Reporting Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations, released on September 9, 2013, address two separate ACA reporting requirements: one...more

Settling a Lawsuit with an Employee or Former Employee? Don’t Forget the Tax Consequences

The IRS recently issued guidance that may be of particular interest to anyone with employees or former employees. In a Legal Advice issued by Field Attorneys (LAFA 20133501F), the IRS explained the tax treatment and reporting...more

New Rule 506(c) — Are You Sure You Are Reasonable?

It went in effect yesterday. “It” being the SEC’s historic amendment to Rule 506, the new Rule 506(c), which permits general solicitation and advertising in securities offerings made under the rule. 506(c) means that...more

IRS Reaffirms Advice on the Proper Employment Tax Treatment of Settlements

On August 30, 2013, the IRS reiterated its longstanding positions on the proper tax treatment of litigation settlements with current or former employees. In its Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) Memorandum 20133501F, the IRS...more

The IRS Delays the Information Reporting Requirements and the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty

On July 9, 2013, Notice 2013-45 (the "Notice") was issued to provide transition relief during 2014 from the requirements of Sections 6055, 6056 and 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code ("Code"). Code Section 6055 requires...more

Restaurant’s Accountants Not Responsible For Employee’s Allegedly False Form W-2

What is an employee to do, when he receives an incorrect Form W-2?...more

Legal Alert: ACA "Pay Or Play" Penalties Delayed Until 2015

The Obama Administration has announced that implementation of the penalties under the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") employer mandate (also known as the "pay or play" penalties) have been delayed until 2015. ...more

U.S. District Court Decision Court Treats Physician Loans as W-2 Income Rather Than Bona Fide Debt

A recent federal court decision illustrates how “loan” arrangements between physicians and their employers, if not properly structured, may be treated as the payment of taxable compensation and the employers may be hit with...more

Money And Trinkets Provided For Wellness

More and more employers and insurance companies are providing incentives and rewards to employees and their covered dependents to encourage participation in wellness programs—programs designed to improve an individual’s...more

Tax Law Blog: Does the IRS Have Your 2009 Refund?

The IRS estimates 984,000 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return in 2009 have a tax refund waiting for them. Of those, approximately 9,800 are Iowans with combined refunds of almost $8,000. If you think you...more

Are “Working Interviews” Legal?

One of my dental practice clients called this week to inquire about an idea they heard of recently called a “working interview.” The idea is to have an hygienist come in for a couple of days to find out whether they are good...more

Employer Compliance in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act

Having survived the election and a Supreme Court challenge (for the most part), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay. Employers should evaluate the requirements under ACA that apply to their group health plans for...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Employer-Shared Responsibility under ACA

On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations with respect to employer-shared responsibility regarding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Employers are permitted to rely on these proposed...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play Or Pay” Mandate: How It Works

The Affordable Care Act added the so-called “Play or Pay” mandate or “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Starting in 2014, certain employers may be subject to a penalty tax,...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

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

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

Take 5: Views You Can Use - January 2013

In this issue: - Assess the Workforce - Choose Whether to "Pay" or to "Play" - Evaluate Existing Wellness Programs and/or Implement New Wellness Programs to Enhance Employees' Health Profiles and to Avoid or Minimize...more

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