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Internal Revenue Service Employee Benefits

The United States Internal Revenue Service is a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury. The IRS is charged with collecting revenue and enforcing the Internal Revenue Code.  

ACA employer mandate penalty letters are on the way

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The IRS has recently taken affirmative steps towards assessing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalties, which are set to begin before the end of 2017. The agency has updated its website with information...more

Beware: IRS To Begin Issuing ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Penalty Notices

The IRS has announced its next steps regarding the Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (the “ESRPs”), which are the ACA penalties assessable to “Applicable Large Employers” for failing to provide affordable health care...more

Employer Mandate Penalty Letters from the IRS Are on the Way

by Jones Day on

In the next few months, the IRS will begin sending letters notifying employers that they may owe a penalty for failing to offer health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate for the 2015 calendar year. The...more

Potential Year-End Surprise in Your Mailbox – a Letter from the IRS

The Affordable Care Act or ACA (a/k/a “Obamacare”) is not dead, yet. On November 2, 2017, FAQs 55-58 appeared, without fanfare, on the IRS’ ACA website. These FAQs outline the process the IRS will use to notify an applicable...more

Qualified Retirement Plan Amendments: Year-End Update

by Alston & Bird on

This advisory reminds plan sponsors of deadlines for amending qualified retirement plans and certain year-end legal updates. Plan sponsors who have added optional features to a retirement plan during 2017 (e.g., a plan...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

Missing Participants and Beneficiaries and Required Minimum Distributions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Internal Revenue Service released guidance detailing specific procedures qualified retirement plans may utilize to satisfy required minimum distribution standards for missing participants and...more

Tax Reform’s Impact on Qualified Retirement Plans

House Republicans this week released much-anticipated legislation to reform individual and corporate income taxation. Titled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the legislation proposes substantial revisions to the Internal Revenue...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

GOP Tax Bill Outlines Significant Changes for Benefits and Compensation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Committee on Ways and Means yesterday released the proposed Republican tax reform bill, titled the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." Although the proposed bill makes major changes to individual and corporate tax provisions in many...more

IRS Issues Memo on Missing Participant Search Standards

On October 19th, the IRS released a memorandum titled “Missing Participants and Beneficiaries and Required Minimum Distributions” (the “Memo”) to its plan auditors that provides guidelines for when a plan’s efforts to locate...more

At Last, Our Employer Mandate Tax Assessment Guidance Has Come Along

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Just days ago, “Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act,” No. 57 read as follows: Does the IRS expect to publish more information about the employer shared...more

IRS Announces 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 in Notice 2017-64 and related guidance. The key dollar limits for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans are noted below....more

Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Plan Participants?

by Alston & Bird on

Plan sponsors of defined contribution qualified plans may need to issue one or more annual notices to participants before the end of each plan year. Failure to issue a required annual notice can have significant consequences....more

A Win for Boston Bruins: Tax Court Sides With Team in Clash Over De Minimis Fringe Benefits

In a recent, decision, the United States Tax Court determined that the pregame meals provided to Boston Bruins players and personnel at away games qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit under Section 274(n)(2)(B) of the...more

Alert: IRS Announces Adjusted Plan Limits for 2018

by Cooley LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2018 limits that affect the operation of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and certain other types of employee benefit plans, including deferred...more

IRS Announces Benefit Plan Limits and Thresholds for 2018

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced various 2018 benefit plan limits and thresholds. There are increases from 2017 in some cases, but in other instances, the 2017 amounts will continue to apply....more

IRS Announces 2018 Pension and Related Limitations

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the dollar limitations for pension plans and other items beginning January 1, 2018. Some of the limits are listed below....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 Retirement Plan Limits For 2018

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced retirement contribution limits for 2018 adjusted for cost-of-living considerations. Below is a chart of the 2018 calendar year limits, together with those from 2017....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

2018 Qualified Plan Limits Released

by Bryan Cave on

The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2018 dollar limits for retirement plans, as adjusted under Code Section 415(d). We have summarized the new limits (along with the limits from the last few years) in the chart...more

IRS Announces 2018 Dollar Limits for Retirement Plans

The IRS has announced the 2018 dollar limitations for retirement plans based on the applicable cost-of-living adjustment guidelines. The annual limit for elective deferrals to 401(k) and 403(b) plans will increase from...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

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