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OIG Identifies Top 10 Management Challenges for HHS in Fiscal Year 2014

On November 18, 2014, the HHS OIG released its annual list of the top 10 management and performance challenges faced by HHS and the OIG during the current fiscal year, and the new and emerging issues that the OIG anticipates...more

14 Labor & Employment Resolutions For 2014

Our government managed to reach a deal to avoid another government shutdown. And so, while our tax refunds will continue to be processed and parks remain open, it is that time of year again — the time to review and reflect on...more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...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

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part II: Do I Have To Offer Health Care Coverage To My Seasonal Employees?

As 2013 comes to an end, we are considering a number of issues that employers might be facing at the end of the year. Our year-end blog series will cover issues such as seasonal hiring, religious discrimination claims...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

Consider Taking Advantage of Opportunities in 2012 – Your Taxes May Rise in 2013

As of this writing, it’s difficult to speculate as to what U.S. income tax rates will be in the year 2013. This has become especially apparent due to the effect of the so-called “fiscal cliff” and the results of the November...more

Post-Election 2012 Tax Planning Alert: Practical Tax Planning Tips for You, Your Family and Your Business

This Alert is designed to offer easy to understand and easy to implement year-end tax strategies in times of incredible tax uncertainty. This Alert is also designed to stimulate thought and inspire action during one of the...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part III

Maximizing Charitable Strategies When Cash is Short 1. Overview - This series has focused on strategies to reduce taxation for the current tax year and the impending fall off the Cliff. This installment will...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part II

A. Overview - Part I of this series focused on the impact of impending tax increases following the Presidential Election for corporate executives and salaried professionals. Part II of the series will focus on...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part I

Ready, set, go! Following the Presidential election last night, the race is on for year-end tax planning and bracing for the fall off the fiscal cliff. While no one can tell exactly what the tax outcome will be after...more

The Dynasty Annuity — Multi-Generational Tax Deferral for High-Net-Worth Families

Originally published in Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal, x, 11/08/2012. OVERVIEW - The current tax environment suffers from a lot of economic and political uncertainty. The general consensus...more

The Importance of 2012 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

The end of 2012 may bring unexpected and adverse changes formany taxpayers due to the scheduled December 31, 2012, expiration of a number of tax cuts. Because most of these tax cuts have been in effect since 2001, many...more

Estate Planning Update - September 2012: New Taxes Make Year-End Income Tax Planning More Important

It is not too early to start planning income tax steps to take before year-end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act introduced two new taxes that will go into effect January 1, 2013. These are a 3.8 percent...more

Considerations For Tax Planning Opportunities Prior to December 31, 2012

This outline is not intended to be a comprehensive outline, but is intended to be a helpful resource summarizing the federal income tax and cited financial planning opportunities available before December 31, 2012 for...more

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