On February 10th the government issued final regulations regarding the “Employer Shared Responsibility” (ESR) requirements of the Affordable Care Act. This is often referred to as the law’s “Pay or Play” feature.Read More
There is a new mandatory electronic filing requirement (known as "EFAST2") that now applies to your Form 5500 filings.Read More
With the continued upward pressure on cost and pricing constraints imposed by Health Care Reform, insurers and health plans are exploring new ways to drive consumer and provider behavior.Read White Paper
Employees and employers, now more than ever, need to take the appropriate steps to ensure that prudent decisions are made in respect to employees saving at an adequate deferral rate, establishing an appropriate asset allocation mix, and planning to replace income throughout their retirement.Read White Paper
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The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2014.
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Guidance on Application of Same-Sex Marriage
On August 29th, the U.S. Treasury and IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 to address marriage of same-sex individuals for federal law purpopses.
DOL Provides Relief for Second Round of 404(a)(5) Disclosures
On July 22, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2013-02, which announced a transitional enforcement policy regarding the due date for the second round of 404(a)(5) participant disclosure regulations.
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Supreme Court Ruling Extends Federal Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples
In a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, June 26, the Supreme Court found that same-sex couples legally married under state law should receive federal benefits. The decision to overturn Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will impact more than 1,100 federal statutes governing federal benefits.
90 Day Waiting Period Requirement and Employee Orientation Periods
Government Issues Final Regulations Regarding the “Pay or Play” Requirements of the Affordable Care Act
On February 10th the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued “Final Regulations” governing the implementation of one of the next phases of the Affordable Care Act. This aspect of the law, called the “Employer Shared Responsibility” (ESR) is often referred to as the law’s “Pay or Play” feature because it includes potential penalties for certain employers that fail to offer coverage that provides “minimum value” and that is deemed “affordable” under the law.
This brief summary is intended to provide an overview of how the newly issued final regulations may apply to you.
End of the Year Action Items for Benefit Plans
As 2013 comes to a close, it's the time of year to review those end-of-the-year benefit plan "action items" that may require your attention.
Action Needed: Defense of Marriage Act, Medicare Part D, HIPAA Privacy and Marketplace Exchange Notices
Action Needed: Defense of Marriage Act, Medicare Part D, HIPAA Privacy, and Marketplace Exchange Notices
IRS Clarifies Federal Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages: Assessing the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans
In response to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Treasury Department has issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, announcing that all legal same-sex marriages will be recognized for federal tax purposes. Effective September 16, a same-sex marriage legally entered into in any state will be recognized for all federal income, gift and estate tax purposes,
MA Health Connector Eliminates Section 125 Plan and HIRD Requirements
Massachusetts Health Connector Eliminates Section 125 Plan and HIRD Requirements
On October 28th the Massachusetts Health Connector initiated significant changes to four key components of the Massachusetts Health Reform law. The changes, announced in Bulletin 03-13, took steps to eliminate a conflict between Massachusetts law and some provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and are designed to further align Massachusetts law with the ACA. Although the Bulletin announces the filing of legislation to enact the changes into law, it also says that the provisions should be considered effective immediately.
The announced changes will repeal the following Massachusetts health reform provisions:
-Section 125 plan requirement
-The recently created Section 125 Notification requirement
-Employer Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (Employer HIRD) report
-Free Rider Surcharge (which provided for potential penalties for employers who failed to offer a Section 125 plan)
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Net Investment Tax in 2013
Starting in 2013 high income taxpayers [whose income is at or above $200,000] may be subject to two new Medicare taxes which consist of a 0.9% tax on earned income and self-employment income, and a 3.8% tax on net investment income.
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