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Fringe Benefits: What the Proposed Tax Bills Mean to the Employer

Both the House and Senate versions of tax reform propose significant changes that may reduce or eliminate the tax benefits of many popular employer-provided fringe benefits, such as dependent care assistance programs,...more

Tax Breaks in the New Hurricane Legislation for Employers and Taxpayers

The Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 provides a new favorable tax credit for eligible employers affected by recent hurricanes, as well as expanded charitable deductions and tax credits for...more

New Hurricane Legislation Grants Additional Distribution, Withdrawal and Loan Relief for Certain Retirement Plan Participants

The new Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 provides additional relief and flexibility for retirement plan participants impacted by recent hurricanes, including relaxed rules for plan...more

Employers Can Provide Tax-Free Disaster Assistance to Employees - September 2017

Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code allows an employer to provide tax-free qualified disaster relief payments to Texas and Louisiana employees in designated areas affected by Hurricane Harvey....more

Proposed 457(f) Regulations: Opportunities and Challenges

The 2016 proposed regulations significantly expanded 457(f) plan sponsors’ ability to permit elective deferrals, use noncompetition agreements and make larger severance payments than otherwise permitted under 409A without...more

IRS Issues Revised Requirements for Employers to Claim FICA Tax Refunds

On March 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-28, which provides guidance to employers on obtaining employee consents used to support a claim for credit or refund of overpaid taxes under...more

Payroll Get Ready — Employers Face New January 31st Filing Deadline for W-2 and 1099-MISC Forms

In Depth - Beginning with W-2 forms filed with respect to 2016 wages, a new law requires employers to file the government copy by January 31, 2017, for both paper and electronic copies. The accelerated deadline also...more

New York and San Francisco Approve Mandatory Paid Family Leave

In Depth - Both the State of New York and the City of San Francisco recently adopted significant mandates guaranteeing paid family leave to eligible employees. New York now becomes one of four states mandating paid...more

IRS Provides New 409A Guidance; New Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Clarity, Warn of Abusive Practices, and Present...

In Depth - Additional flexibility to use Section 409A exemptions - ..Expanded availability of the rules for transaction-based compensation for stock rights and incentive stock options. The final regulations allow...more

IRS Regulations Provide That Certain Employees of Partnerships Now Have Self-Employment Status for Employee Benefit and Tax...

In Depth - The IRS and US Department of Treasury have issued final and temporary regulations which address benefit and self-employment tax issues regarding partners in a partnership which is the sole owner of a second,...more

Form W-2 and 941 Actions May Be Required Immediately for Retroactive Increase in Section 132 Transit Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the Act) retroactively increased the 2015 employer and employee Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Federal Income Tax exclusion limit for transit benefits, from $130...more

Employers Need 2015 Year-End Planning to Meet Employee Reporting and Withholding Requirements

To avoid tax reporting and withholding penalties as 2015 draws to a close, employers need to properly plan and check their reporting for employees under non-qualified deferred compensation, fringe benefits, health benefits or...more

Affordable Care Act Reporting Penalties Significantly Increased

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (the Act) into law. In addition to containing several revenue offsets, the Act significantly increased penalties for incorrect information...more

Section 162(m) Final Regulations Clarify Requirements for Exemptions to $1 Million Deduction Limitation

Section 162(m) generally limits to $1 million the amount that a public company can annually deduct with respect to remuneration paid to certain covered employees. This deduction limitation, however, does not apply to...more

June 30 Deadline Approaches for Mandatory E-File FBAR Reporting

2014 presents particular challenges with respect to FBAR, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, for certain U.S. persons with interests in or signature authority over assets exceeding $10,000 held outside the...more

IRS Ruling Allows Tax-Deferred Stock Rights for Fund Managers

Section 457A of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) generally restricts the ability of offshore funds and other entities domiciled in tax-indifferent jurisdictions to offer tax-advantaged deferred compensation to U.S....more

Supreme Court Decides in Favor of IRS in Quality Stores: FICA Generally Applies to Severance Payments

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided in favor of the Internal Revenue Service in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., holding that severance payments made pursuant to plans that did not tie payments to the...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Spring 2014

Company Jet Audit Issues: A Word to the Wise - Once a business attains a certain level of success, an aircraft often becomes a valued asset. Public and closely held private companies alike find that the use of a...more

3/18/2014  /  Aircraft , Audits , Corporate Taxes , IRS

Deadline Looms for Quality Stores FICA Refund Claims for Severance Payments

The Supreme Court of the United States recently heard arguments in its review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s Quality Stores decision. At issue in Quality Stores is whether certain severance payments...more

Employer Obligations for Additional Medicare Tax

The Internal Revenue Service recently released final regulations and updated questions and answers to help employers and taxpayers comply with the new 0.9 percent Medicare payroll tax increase on high-income earners that...more

12/10/2013  /  Compliance , IRS , Medicare , Payroll Taxes

Recent Case Opens Door to Civil Enforcement Claims for Negligent FICA Tax Withholding

A District Court in Eastern Michigan recently rejected a motion to dismiss a participant’s benefit claim, holding that an employer legally could be liable to a participant in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan when the...more

IRS Guidance on Employment and Income Tax Refunds on Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

Employers extending benefit coverage to employees’ same-sex spouses and partners should review their payroll procedures to ensure that such coverages are properly taxed for federal income and FICA tax purposes. Employers...more

Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Could Lead to Refunds of Federal Taxes

Employers providing benefits for employees' same-sex spouses may want to consider the availability of federal payroll tax refunds if the Supreme Court of the United States finds Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...more

IRS Provides Additional Favorable Guidance on Recently Modified Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On February 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued News Release IR-2013-23 to provide additional favorable guidance regarding modifications to the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) issued in...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

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