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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.  

IRS Announces 2018 Retirement Plan Numbers

The Internal Revenue Service has just announced the limits on retirement plan contributions and benefits for 2018. The limit on 401(k) contributions will be $18,500, an increase from $18,000 per year. The catch-up...more

2018 Cost Of Living Adjustments For Retirement Plans

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced its cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans and Social Security generally effective for Tax Year 2018 (see IRS Notice 2017-64). Most...more

2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Retirement and Other Benefit Plans

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The IRS recently announced the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments to various benefit and contribution limits applicable to retirement plans and welfare plans....more

IRS Publishes Pension Plan Limitations for 2018

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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

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2018

by Williams Mullen on

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue announced the 2018 dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans. Some limits have increased while others remained the same....more

Federal Relief for Employee Benefits Plans Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

by Reed Smith on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued compliance guidance and a new law has been enacted providing employee benefits-related relief for...more

2018 Benefit Limits

Retirement Plan Limits - The IRS updated very few of the retirement plan limits effective for the plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2018. Social Security Tax and Wage Base - For calendar year 2018, the...more

IRS Announces Year 2018 Retirement Plan Limits

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced today, October 19, 2017, the following dollar limits applicable to tax-qualified plans for 2018: - The limit on the maximum amount of elective contributions that a person may...more

Health Insurance for U.S. Employees - A New Option for an Old Problem

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

There is good news in the world of U.S. health insurance laws, at least for Canadian companies with fewer than 50 full-time U.S. employees. Effective this year, it is now possible to directly reimburse employees for the cost...more

Can Employees Pay for Cord Blood Storage with an HRA, FSA or HSA?

The blood remaining in the umbilical cord after childbirth contains stems cells which may be used in a variety of medical treatments. Many parents of newborns are seeking to save this “cord blood”, either with the hopes of...more

Spending Quality Time with Your Pension Plan Actuary

by Winstead PC on

The Internal Revenue Service updated its mortality tables under final regulations which are generally applicable on January 1, 2018 and did not delay the implementation of the mortality tables because the update was mandated...more

Hurricane Relief Legislation for Retirement Plans

We addressed hurricane relief for retirement plans offered by the IRS and other agencies in previous blog posts While the IRS relief allows for easier access to retirement funds on account of losses due to the recent...more

Help Us (and the Code) Help You! Helping Employees/Co-Workers in a Crisis

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

In response to disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, the general community comes together to assist those in need — donating our blood, time, money, and belongings. We respond similarly when one of our co-workers...more

A Time to Remember that Employer-Provider Data Breach Benefits are not Taxable

by Snell & Wilmer on

Hardly a week goes by without another announcement of a high-profile data security breach. The list of data breaches impacting high-profile employers and their employees just in 2017 is long...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

IRS Relaxes Rules for Plan Loans and Hardship Distributions for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Victims

The IRS announced (through the two announcements 2017-11 and 2017-13) relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas and surrounding areas in August 2017, and victims of Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida and...more

Relief for Hurricane Victims

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have granted extensions of certain...more

IRS Issues Guidance to Ease Assistance for Hurricane Recovery

While Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have subsided, recovery efforts have just begun. In an effort to help bring timely assistance to beleaguered residents of areas hard hit by the storms, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has...more

IRS Announces Benefits Relief For Hurricane Victims

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the IRS provided some employee benefits-related relief to plan sponsors and participants. That relief was then extended to the victims of Hurricane Irma....more

Dealing with Disaster: Issues and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

by Alston & Bird on

In the period following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, employer plan sponsors will be faced with any number of hardship-related employee benefit plan administration issues. Many of these involve...more

Special Rules for Plans due to Hurricane Irma

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2017-13, which provides guidance on the ability of qualified plans to provide plan loans and hardship distributions to people in Florida affected...more

Retirement Plan and Leave Donation Programs During States of Emergencies

by Carlton Fields on

This article should interest employers offering retirement plan benefits or leave donation programs to employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in particular, and in various states of emergencies, in general. It...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Employees

by Bracewell LLP on

Following Hurricane Harvey and its resulting destruction, many employees are in need of financial assistance and/or early access to retirement funds. We will highlight how employers can make direct financial assistance...more

IRS announces special relief to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

by McAfee & Taft on

Last week the IRS announced that 401(k) plans and certain similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to help victims of Hurricane Harvey....more

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