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Business Groups Decry IRS Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate

In its recent efforts to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been disregarding key safeguards in the law designed to protect employers from unwarranted penalties, a coalition of business organizations warned in a recent letter to federal officials.

Plan Sponsors Must Now Analyze 401(k) Plan Administration (Part 2)

Yesterday we began to explore some of the changes that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 has made to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and what it all means. Today we will continue to explore the topic, including the definition of compensation and hardship distributions.

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Reconstructed Travel Logs Inadequate for Documenting Mileage

In a recent case, Velez v. Comm’r, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that travel logs that were re-constructed years after the fact were not adequate to substantiate business-related miles as required by Section 274(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.


IRS Restores Maximum Family HSA Contribution to $6,900

Responding to concerns about administrative headaches for plan sponsors and administrators, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reversed its previous decision to lower the maximum family health savings account (HSA) contribution from $6,900 to $6,850.


ARA Seeks Expansion of IRS Self-Correction Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should modify its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to expand its use by retirement plans seeking to self-correct errors, according to the American Retirement Association (ARA). Doing so would reduce the burden of newly increased Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) fees (see, IRS Adjusts Voluntary Correction Program User Fees Starting […]


IRS May Expand Determination Letters for Some Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said on April 5 that it may reopen its determination letter program to certain types of individually designed retirement plans, beyond the narrow set of circumstances in which such letters are currently available.


TCJA Removes Some Disaster Damage from Safe Harbor 401(k) Hardship Eligibility

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 enacted in February relaxed certain restrictions on hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans (see, New Federal Budget Relaxes Hardship Withdrawals for Retirement Plan Participants), starting in 2019. But defined contribution (DC) retirement plan sponsors also should be aware that, in contrast, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs […]


Restated Preapproved DB Plans Learn from DC IRS Amendment Cycle

Defined benefit (DB) retirement plan sponsors with restated preapproved plan documents that were part of the latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 6-year remedial amendment cycle can benefit from some of the lessons learned by other sponsors that have completed the defined contribution (DC) cycle.