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Employee Stock Ownership Plans

A Matter of Trusts: Tenth Circuit to Decide Important ESOP Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The ESOP industry is paying close attention to a Tenth Circuit appeal that will address the deferral of corporate deductions for certain accrued expenses payable to ESOP-participating employees. This appeal, which pertains to...more

DOL Enters into Another Settlement Agreement with ESOP Trustee

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) closed out 2017 by entering into yet another settlement agreement with the trustee of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). • The latest agreement (the Alpha Agreement) requires...more

Estate planning for your business: Use an ESOP to properly address your closely held company

If a substantial portion of one’s net worth is tied up in his or her closely held business, it’s critical to have an exit strategy. This article explains why an employee stock ownership plan is one tool that offers a...more

Final Rule on Disability Claims under Welfare and Retirement Plans Effective April 1

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After some speculation about a delay in implementation of the final rules on claims adjudication of disability claims under welfare and retirement plans (the Final Rule), the US Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that the...more

The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the first blog post by Holland & Knight’s newest government contracts attorney; Mitchell Bashur. Mitchell focuses his practice on government contracts and has extensive experience with protests, small and...more

A Better Business Succession Mousetrap: A New Way To Fund And Utilize Buy-Sell Insurance

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One of the most commonly used techniques to provide liquidity for closely held businesses is to insure a buy-sell arrangement on behalf of its owners. Buy-sell arrangements typically come in two varieties: redemption and...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan Features And Services Aren't A Fit For Every Plan Sponsor. There is nothing out there that is a fit for everything. Did you ever buy a car and the dealer was trying to sell you things you didn't really need like...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November 2017. Minimum Required Distributions – IRS Guidance for Handling Missing Participants - Missing...more

Social Security Administration Corrects and Updates Wage Base for 2018

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced...more

Beware the tail of the dog: 5 tips in dealing with employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the context of the age-old M&A mantra “Don’t let the tail wag the dog,” employee benefits are usually relegated to the role of “tail of the dog.” However, employee benefit matters relating to a merger or acquisition can...more

IRS announces 2018 retirement plan limits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As 2017 nears its end, we already have the retirement plan limits set for 2008 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For 401(k) plans, the 2018 limit for salary deferrals contributions is $18,500, up $500 from 2017’s...more

Employee Benefits-Related Limits for 2018

Periodically, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation adjust for cost-of-living increases certain limitations that impact employee benefit plans. These...more

Settling the Standard for Prudence? Fall Brings New Guidance for ESOP Trustees

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Through a series of recent settlements, the US Department of Labor has outlined the process steps fiduciaries should follow in connection with a transaction involving a purchase from, or sale to, an employee stock ownership...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 2) Annual Cost of Living Adjustments

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are happy to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered year-end...more

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2018

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The Notice providing the cost-of-living...more

IRS Announces 2018 Retirement Plan Limitations - Certain Limits are Increased

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limitations for qualified retirement plans and other benefits, and the Social Security Administration announced its own cost-of-living...more

IRS Issues 2018 COLAs

by FordHarrison on

In Notice 2017-64, the Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) being made to various limitations applicable to retirement plans for 2018. Some of those limitations have increased, and...more

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2018

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The Notice providing the cost-of-living...more

IRS Publishes Pension Plan Limitations for 2018

by Littler on

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2018 tax year. The list below details...more

ESOPs: An Alternative Exit Strategy for Family-Owned Businesses

One of the most difficult challenges for owners of family-owned businesses is finding a way to turn their equity in the business into cash. Also, after putting years of hard work into a business, owners often have a desire...more

Further ESOP Transaction Guidance Set Forth in Latest DOL Settlement Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the heels of a recent settlement agreement with an institutional employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustee, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and individual trustee James F. Joyner III (Joyner) entered into a...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

ESOP: An Exit Strategy

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

One way for business owners to transition their ownership to their employees and to receive liquidity for their shares is through the creation of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). According to the National Center for...more

The Costly Tax Consequences of ESOP Disqualification

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Over the past several years, the IRS has renewed its focus on auditing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), in part because of allegedly abusive arrangements (for a quick overview, see Courtney’s ESOP post). Unfortunately,...more

Related-Party Provisions Prevent Deduction by S Corp Shareholders - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 4

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many routine transactions occur between related parties, including the payment or accrual of interest on indebtedness, license fees, salary or benefits to employees and/or shareholders, and trade invoices. The Tax Court...more

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