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Good (Nontaxable) Things Come in Small Packages: The De Minimis Fringe Benefit Rule

Do you want to recognize an employee’s 20 years of service by giving a gift? Perhaps you want to refund local transportation costs or open a cafeteria so your employees can eat on-site. Maybe you just want to know how to handle those annual holiday turkeys you give to employees. All of these situations are […]


Defeat of ACA Repeal: The Aftermath for Employers

The apparent demise of a full-scale Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal may be followed by more incremental efforts to tweak ACA requirements. For now, however, the lack of dramatic changes means that some employers may need to refocus on the reporting and other requirements of the law.

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IRS Adjusts, Adds Improvements to Preapproved Plan Program

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued several changes to its preapproved qualified retirement plan program, in line with its phaseout at the beginning of 2017 of much of the determination letter program for individually designed plans.


Cafeteria Plan Forfeitures Explained By IRS

Some light was shed on the rules related to cafeteria plan forfeitures when the plan sponsor ceases operations and terminates the plan, in Information Letter 2016-0077, issued earlier this year by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


IRS Addresses Another HSA-Medicare Issue

A few months ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) clarified in Information Letter 2016-0082 how Medicare enrollment and health savings account (HSA) eligibility sometimes collide when an employee retires shortly after turning the age of 65. More recently, the IRS provided guidance on another overlap between Medicare and HSAs—a rehire after Medicare enrollment.


New Report May Help COBRA Plan Admins Seeking Insight on HCTC Advance Payment Process

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) plan administrators seeking to better understand how the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)—including its advance payment system and how it will impact COBRA coverage and documentation—may find useful a new report issued by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), as well as corresponding Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recommendations. […]


IRS Delay in Implementing New Mortality Tables Affects Pension Liability Valuation

The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) delay until 2018 of implementation of updated mortality tables for pensions gives defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors some extra time to prepare for significant changes tied to increased participant longevity. But the delay also may affect pension liability valuation in up to three ways, according to investment consulting firm Cambridge […]


Ask the Expert: How Should Gift Cards Be Recorded, Handled by Payroll?

Question: We have a point system for our employees in which we award gift cards. These amounts are updated on the payroll for each employee that is a recipient of these awards. Our question is how we need to file these documents for proper recordkeeping. Can we keep one file with a spreadsheet of names […]