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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 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 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

2018 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base - Updated for New Taxable Wage Base

by Ruder Ware on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. A few of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased....more

2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments on IRS Benefit and Contribution Limits

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the cost-of-living adjustments impacting tax-qualified pension plans for 2018. The increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that...more

IRS and DOL issue retirement plan relief for hurricane victims

by Dentons on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided welcome relief to individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The relief permits plan sponsors to temporarily relax restrictions on hardship withdrawals, participant...more

IRS, PBGC and DOL Provide Additional Hurricane Relief

The IRS issued an announcement paralleling the relief granted to Hurricane Harvey victims to those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. Announcement 2017-13 (the “Announcement”) relaxes hardship distribution standards for...more

Legally Mandated Benefit Plan Changes Still Require Bargaining

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A unanimous panel of the NLRB, including Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra, held that ACA mandates do not relieve an employer of its duty to bargain with a union representing its employees regarding certain health insurance...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

by Littler on

On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

DOL Updates Guidance on Proxy Voting by Plan Fiduciaries

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) relating to the voting of proxies on securities held in employee benefit plans. IB 2016-1 withdraws the...more

A Poet's Guide to Employee Benefits Law - 2017 Edition

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The employee benefits world, with all its legal rules and regulations, is viewed by human resources people, financial people, and for that matter most lawyers, as forbidding territory - the "darkest forest" from the Wizard of...more

IRS Releases Benefits and Contribution Limits for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued its annual update regarding dollar limitations on contributions and benefits applicable to tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans for 2017. Please see full...more

IRS Announces 2017 Qualified Plan Limits; Pumpkin Spice Inexplicably Lacking

by Ruder Ware on

Late each October, the IRS gets around to announcing the cost of living adjustments for qualified plans for the upcoming year. This year was no exception, and here they are [Plan Limits]. Unlike last year, 2017 brings some...more

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2017

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2017 On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2017 cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement...more

IRS Announces Major Qualified Plan Determination Letter Program Change

by GableGotwals on

The Internal Revenue Service has published very important new guidance on assuring employer sponsored pension and profit sharing plans qualify for tax exemption. Revenue Procedure 201637, 2016-29 Internal Revenue Bulletin,...more

Determination Letter Rationing: IRS Reveals the Brave New World

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last year’s announcement by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the elimination of the current five-year remedial amendment cycle system for determination letter approval of restated individually-designed qualified plan...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), consistent with prior regulations from the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), issued supplemental proposed regulations requiring employer sponsored health plans to provide...more

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2016 cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans and health savings accounts, which are largely...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – September 2015

by King & Spalding on

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)’s 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage (commonly known as the “Cadillac tax”) is slated to take effect in 2018. The IRS has issued several...more

New Tax Provisions Affecting Filing Deadlines For Partnerships, Corporations and Trusts (8/15)

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015." Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension...more

Impact of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision on Employee Benefit Plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that states may not deny same-sex couples the right to marry, finding that doing so violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Writing for the five-justice majority, Justice Kennedy...more

Two key legislative developments impact wellness plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Employer-sponsored “wellness programs” have been a growing trend for years. Many employers have established having some form of such a program to help employees become more aware of their physical well-being. The idea of an...more

Advisors Advantage - February 2015

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In This Issue: - Marketing and Management Tips For Retirement Plan Providers - There is a price to pay for being outspoken - Never give into disillusionment - Tread Carefully with Plan Provider...more

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