Qualified Retirement Plan Amendments: Year-End Update

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Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group reminds plan sponsors to get ready for 2017 IRS year-end amendments.

  • Discretionary amendments
  • Storm and disaster relief
  • Required amendments

Read the full advisory here.

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

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Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group reviews the multiple year-end notices that defined contribution plans must issue to participants.

  • 2018 retirement plan limits
  • Special consideration for safe harbor plans
  • Practice pointers

Read the full advisory here.

Treasury Would Overhaul 2016 Regulatory Guidance

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With tax reform on the horizon, Treasury takes aim at three sets of regulations with clear cross-border implications. Our International Tax Group explains the department’s recommendations to scrap much of Section 385 and overhaul Sections 367 and 987. Revoking the Section 385 documentation rules Expanding the active business exception to foreign goodwill under Section 367 Deferring transition rules under Section 987 to 2019 Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Delaware Finalizes Much-Anticipated

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In the wake of litigation, Delaware revamped its Escheats Law in early 2017. Now the state has issued final regulations required by the legislation. Our Unclaimed Property Team takes stock of the changes and the quickly approaching deadline for holders to act. Regulations reflect the same old Delaware audit practices Holders must consider whether to convert an audit to a VDA When exactly is the deadline? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

The Republican Tax Reform Framework: What It Says and What It Doesn’t

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Tax reform is coming, and Republican leaders have published a framework that raises as many questions as it answers. Our Tax Policy & Regulation Team investigates what the Big Six reveal and—just as important—what they don’t. Tax rates for corporations and pass-through entities Shifting to a territorial tax system Revenue raisers and budget impact Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Tax Change Planning

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With tax cuts likely coming, it might make sense to consider establishing a C corporation for some new businesses. Our Federal Tax Group offers tax planners several different ways of thinking. Tax Reform Act of 1986 Payment of dividends and stock buybacks Less advantageous structures Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Dealing with Disaster: Issues and Relief for Employee Benefits Plans

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In the wake of the widespread destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, federal agencies have offered employers and plan sponsors relief from some deadlines and other issues. Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group discusses common issues and offers a high-level overview of the types of relief that may be available. Health plan coverage and retirement plan issues Tax filing deadlines and leave donation programs Additional federal resources Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Information Exchange Under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard Begins Early in Select Countries

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At the end of the month, dozens of countries will begin exchanging information under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard as “early adopters.” Our International Tax Group examines the CRS and its relation to FATCA. How does the CRS work? What are the reporting requirements? How will the CRS impact U.S. taxpayers? Read the full advisory here.  [...]Read more

Lawsuits Are Focused on Wellness Program Compliance. Are You?

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Wellness programs are a win-win for everybody – until administrators run afoul of ambiguous rules and regulations. Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group analyzes two recent lawsuits that could impact program design and tobacco surcharges. AARP v. EEOC Acosta v. Macy’s The implications Read the full advisory here.  [...]Read more