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Budget Act Includes Retirement Plan Changes Dropped From Tax Act

Our previous Advisory on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reported that it made few changes that affected retirement plans. However Congress got another chance in the recent Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, and included changes to...more

[Webinar] 2017 Tax Act Update: Most Impactful Tax Reform for Plan Sponsors in Decades - March 1st, 10:00am PT

On Friday, December 22, 2017, the 1,100-page tax bill was signed into law. The bill promises to bring about the most impactful tax reform that plan sponsors and their advisors have seen in decades. Join Davis Wright Tremaine...more

Update #12: Distribution Deadline for Employer Form 1095-C for 2017 Extended

As it did last year, the IRS has again extended the date that employer Form 1095-C reports need to be distributed to employees. For 2017 reports, the deadline is now March 2, 2018, but the deadline for filing the reports with...more

Update #11: Individual Mandate Eliminated by New Tax Law: Effect on Employers and Individual Market

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates the ACA’s individual mandate to maintain minimum essential coverage, and the penalty for failure to do so, effective in 2019. While President Trump tweeted that this “effectively...more

Update #9: New Executive Orders and Actions Could Reshape ACA in Absence of Legislation

After months of Congressional attempts to “repeal and replace” the ACA ended in failure, President Trump has issued an Executive Order and taken other actions that could significantly reshape the health care market. We are...more

Update #8: American Health Care Act Passed by House May Revive Annual and Lifetime Limits in Self-Insured Employer Plans

On May 4, the House Republicans narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Except for effective dates, the provisions impacting employers were generally unchanged. One major change to the original bill is that...more

Update #7: ACA Market Stabilization Rules Finalized; Cost-Sharing Next Hurdle

The Trump Administration has issued final market stabilization rules designed to keep insurers in the individual health insurance Marketplaces. The rules are virtually the same as the proposed rules described in our Update...more

Update #4: Proposed ACA Rules to Stabilize Exchange Markets

Insurers have been pressuring the Trump Administration to relieve some of the uncertainty from the pending ACA “repeal/replace” debate in time for them to decide whether to participate in the individual health insurance...more

Update #3: First Executive Action on ACA Could Defeat Mandates

On Inauguration Day, President Trump signed an Executive Order to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” While the Order has little immediate effect, and may have been issued on “day one” mainly to...more

Update #2: Relief Extended For “Opt-Out” Payments for Health Coverage

The IRS has extended the relief available to employers who offer an “opt-out” payment to employees who decline company medical coverage. This means that for 2017, such payments, whether conditional or unconditional, will not...more

Update #1: ACA Reporting Deadlines Extended

This alert concerns the extension of the deadline for distributing and filing Forms 1094 and 1095. If you were not already aware, the IRS announced in Notice 2016-70 that the deadline for employers to distribute ACA...more

Excessive Fee Litigation Hits 403(b) Plans: What Nonprofit Fiduciaries Need to Know

The recent well-publicized announcement of lawsuits against 403(b) plans of Duke, Yale, NYU, Vanderbilt, and other universities opens a new chapter in ERISA litigation over excessive plan fees. We have reported on this type...more

IRS Allows Mid-Year Changes, Further Encouraging Safe Harbor Plans

The IRS has issued new guidance giving sponsors of Safe Harbor 401(k) plans much greater flexibility to amend their plans during a plan year. This is welcome relief from the previous IRS position that had hobbled such plans....more

Premium Reimbursement Arrangements Get Relief - More ACA Transition Relief—This Time for Small Employers and S-Corps

The IRS issued guidance on Feb. 18, 2015, providing temporary relief until June 30, 2015, from steep penalties for small employers and S-corps that have continued to use premium reimbursement arrangements to provide health...more

IRS Allows Cafeteria Plan Election Changes to Coordinate With ACA Exchanges

New IRS guidance adds two more events that allow participants to change their cafeteria plan elections outside of the annual open enrollment period. These events are designed to coordinate with the employer coverage rules and...more

New Health FSA Carryover Rule Poses Tough Choices for Plan Sponsors

The IRS has announced new, long-requested relief from the “use it or lose it” rule that will allow health flexible spending account (FSA) participants to carry over up to $500 of unused contributions to the next plan year if...more

The Obamacare “Play or Pay” Rules: A Practical Approach

The IRS recently released new proposed regulations to implement the Shared Responsibility or “Play or Pay” provisions of Health Care Reform. The proposed regulations provide a wealth of detail on key issues required to...more

Roth Conversion Opportunities Expand, But Practical Questions Remain

The recent “fiscal cliff” tax law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), includes a provision effective Jan. 1, 2013 that greatly expands the ability of plan participants to convert pre-tax plan accounts to after-tax Roth...more

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