Posts Tagged ‘IRS’

IRS announces special relief to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

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. Under the relief, a qualified employer retirement plan will not be treated as failing to satisfy any requirement under the Internal Revenue Code merely because the plan makes a…

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403(b) Plan Document and Compliance Update

John A. Papahronis James C. Prince If you are a governmental or tax-exempt employer that sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan, there are important developments that require your attention. For many years, the IRS offered little guidance to employers as to the specific plan document requirements applicable to 403(b) plans. However, recently the IRS has approved…

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401(k) Compliance and Enforcement Update

Brandon P. Long Judy Burdg Melissa J. Cottle Within the past year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have issued new guidance impacting 401(k) retirement plans. At the same time, new lawsuits have been filed against plan fiduciaries. The list of rules that plan administrators must keep track of is longer…

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ACA reporting deadline extended — but employers should stay focused to avoid penalties

About a month ago, and just months before the reporting deadlines required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were set to go into effect, the Internal Revenue Service gave us all a late Christmas present and announced that it would extend the deadlines. Under the ACA, health insurers, self-insured employers, government agencies and other providers of minimum…

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW ALERT » What the legalization of same‑sex marriage means for Oklahoma employers

On Monday, Oklahoma became one of five additional U.S. states required to allow same-sex couples to marry after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage. The other four states immediately affected by the decision were Indiana, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Six other states with similar…

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW UPDATE » Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

Last September, three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS issued some much-anticipated guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses. For employers who sponsor qualified retirement plans (e.g., a 401(k) plan), one of the most significant ramifications was the requirement that such plans recognize a…

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