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Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

Proposed Senate Bill Revives Concern of Adverse Impact on Equity and Performance-Based Compensation

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Joint Committee on Taxation released a description of the Senate Chairman’s Mark to the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 9, 2017, reintroducing adverse equity and performance-based compensation tax provisions...more

New Draft Tax Bill Provisions Have the Potential to Dramatically Alter Executive Compensation

by Hogan Lovells on

The new draft tax bill, unveiled last week by the Trump administration has many provisions which would significantly affect many businesses in the United States. This post does not focus on all of the implications for the...more

Major Impact on Employee Benefits

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House GOP tax reform bill introduced Nov. 2, 2017, would have a major impact on employee benefits, including executive compensation, qualified retirement plans, fringe benefits and tax-exempt organizations. If adopted,...more

Tax Bill Compensation Changes – A Cause for Concern

The tax bill issued yesterday contains a number of provisions that, if implemented, will result in dramatic changes to the taxation of certain compensation arrangements. ...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case. IRS...more

A New Landscape - Compliance clarifications and planning opportunities for governmental and tax-exempt employers sponsoring...

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published its long-awaited proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Section 457(f) governs the taxation...more

New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental...

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457(f)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In June 2016, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. While the proposed regulations will generally apply to compensation deferred under a plan...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Facilitate Common Pay Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a number of updates to current regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The proposed updates...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 409A Regulations May Impact Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed 409A regulations intended to (a) clarify certain provisions of the final 409A regulations that were published in 2008, (b) withdraw and replace provisions in those earlier regulations...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases,...more

Section 409A, 457 IRS Proposed Regulations

by Jackson Walker on

Section 409A - On June 22, 2016 the Internal Revenue Service issued new proposed regulations on the income inclusion provisions of Section 409A. These regulations will be of interest to employers that have nonqualified...more

IRS Proposes New 457 Regulations for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At long last, the IRS has released new proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 457 – anticipated since 2007 — regarding nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements offered by tax-exempt organizations and...more

Modifications to Code Section 409A Regulations

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which applies to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. The proposed regulations are...more

"New Rules Impact Compensation Arrangements of Governmental and Tax-Exempt Entities"

On June 22, 2016, the IRS published much-anticipated proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 impacting certain plans maintained by state or local governments or other tax-exempt organizations that provide...more

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Davidson v. Henkel — What’s Going On With Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans and FICA

by Jackson Walker on

In This Presentation: - Davidson v. Henkel Corp. - The Parties - NQ Plan - The Plan’s Tax Clauses - Davidson’s Pre-Retirement Counseling - 2011 Compliance Review and Letter - Henkel’s Tax...more

Survey of Current Benefits Issues

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In This Presentation: - Affordable Care Act - Affordable Care Act: Fees and Taxes 2015 – Employer Shared Responsibility Fee - Forms for Reporting Fees - Retirement Plan Errors - Overview - Retirement Plan...more

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: Update on California's Additional Tax Relating to Noncompliant Deferred...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On October 4, 2013, California reduced the additional California state income taxes levied on deferred arrangements that violate Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. For taxable years beginning on January 1, 2013,...more

409A Update: Employment Agreements Requiring Executed Releases May Need to Be Amended by December 31

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

It is standard practice that employment agreements condition payment of severance benefits or other separation compensation on the employee executing a general release of claims against the employer. However, unless...more

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements Should be Reviewed and May Need to be Amended by December 31 to Comply with Section...

Severance agreements and employment contracts with release of claims provisions may violate 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Bad release provisions may be fixed, penalty-free, before December 31, 2012. Most severance...more

Relief for Correcting Certain Internal Revenue Code Section 409A Failures Expires This Year

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided favorable transition relief for correcting arrangements that impermissibly condition the payment of nonqualified deferred compensation on a service provider's completion of...more

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