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Compensation Issues – Revisited

We have completed another retirement plan audit season and have noticed a number of common errors occurring with compensation. I previously discussed these issues in my blog series “Compensation: The Missing Link – Part 1”...more

Six IRS Rules to Follow for Year-End Gifts to Charity

The holiday season is often a time for charitable gift giving. Here is a list of tax rules to follow to ensure your charitable deduction is respected by the IRS: - Qualified Charities. You can only deduct gifts to...more

'Tis the Season for Year-End Charitable Gifts

As you are making your list and checking it twice, you might want to consider whether you want to make any year-end gifts to your favorite charities. If you do, you will be in good company. According to the National...more

Cafeteria Plan Amendments: A Year-End Action Item

If your company permits employees to pay for certain benefits, such as health coverage, on a pre-tax basis under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 plan (also known as a “cafeteria plan”), you might be may be required to...more

Are You Forgetting Something?

In This Issue: - Qualified Plan Administrative and Compliance Deadlines (based on calendar year plan) - Health and Welfare Benefit Plan Administrative and Compliance Deadlines - Are Your Plans Subject to...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

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part VII: Bonuses Have You Saying “What the Dickens?” Lessons To Learn From Ebenezer Scrooge

As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. Part seven of our series discusses the wage and hour and...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

‘Tis the Season – For Year-End Charitable Giving

Most people make the bulk of their charitable contributions during the year-end holiday season. This post summarizes some of the charitable giving ideas and opportunities, as well as some planning reminders, that donors may...more

Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans: Amendments and Other Year-End Action Items - 11/21/2013

Plan sponsors should consider whether they need to make certain plan amendments or provide certain plan notices prior to the end of the year. The end of the year marks the deadline by which sponsors of qualified...more

Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former...more

Feeling Generous This Year?

Giving to others is rewarding in and of itself, but it's always nice to see your generosity provide you with a tax benefit and result in a lower tax bill. In our tax law practice we represent many individuals and one of the...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

IRS Reaffirms It Will Challenge Formula Gifts

With December 31st approaching quickly and the large $5,120,000 gift tax exemption disappearing, many clients are scrambling to make year-end gifts. Our advice has been to make every effort to get appraisals by the end of...more

2012 Year-End Income, Estate & Gift Tax Planning

With 2012 drawing to a close, many Americans may see the end of “Bush-era” income tax cuts as well as significant estate and gift tax reductions, the loss of which will dramatically affect their tax liability in 2013 and...more

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