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1. Changes proposed to allocation rules for rollovers   WebExclusive

BY Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
The IRS says it has become aware that some plan providers have been treating disbursements from retirement plans that contain both pretax and after-tax contributions as a single distribution of the aggregate disbursement amount, rather than as separate distributions, as required by the regulations. In proposed regulations issued on Thursday (REG-105739-11) and Notice 2014-54, the IRS gave its blessing to this treatment, providing rules on how to allocate pre- and after-tax amounts distributed from IRAs, including Roth IRAs, to multiple destinations.

2. IRS announces proposed changes to cafeteria plan elections and lookback period   WebExclusive

BY Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
The IRS issued two notices on Thursday, proposing to change the rules for when a taxpayer can revoke health care coverage in a cafeteria plan and enroll in a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace exchanges, and how to measure the lookback period for determining who is a full-time employee when an employee moves positions within the same employer group.

3. Regulations update hybrid defined benefit plan rules   WebExclusive

BY Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
On Monday, the IRS released final and proposed regulations providing guidance on so-called hybrid defined benefit pension plans (T.D. 9693 and REG-111839-13). The regulations deal with changes made by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, P.L. 109-280, and the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, P.L.

4. ERISA: 40 years later  

BY Rebecca J. Miller, CPA, Robert A. Lavenberg, CPA, J.D. and Ian A. MacKay, CPA, CGMA
Forty years ago, Congress passed landmark legislation to protect workers’ pensions from abuses. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which President Gerald Ford signed into law on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 1974, greatly expanded the federal government’s role in regulating private-sector retirement plans and made the government the guarantor of private pensions by creating the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

5. High-functioning firms  

BY Jennifer Wilson
High-functioning firms have leadership teams that assess situations, develop strategies, and make and execute decisions with relative ease, speed, and success. Others, however, function with a drag that pulls against their momentum, causing the business of leading, managing, and executing to take longer and produce less-than-stellar results. High-functioning firms seem to share the following eight attributes: Operate with vision.

6. The Sec. 4980H assessable payment for large employers  

BY Benjamin Pruett, J.D.
Employers near the threshold of 50 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees (FTEs) or with a high proportion of seasonal workers should be taking measures now to record employees’ daily hours of service and other data relevant to the Sec. 4980H assessable payment for large employers regarding minimum essential health coverage.

7. Health care reform essentials  

BY Mark O. Dietrich, CPA/ABV and Brian K. Marks
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), P.L. 111-148, created the most significant government health care program since the Medicare and Medicaid legislation in the 1960s. The law’s complexity is compounded by the intricacies and interdependencies of health insurance and the health care delivery system that the legislation and related regulations have struggled to address.

8. Guidance issued on application of Windsor to retirement plans  

BY Alistair M. Nevius, J.D.
Qualified plans must recognize same-sex marriages after the Windsor decision and must be amended, if need be, to make them conform to the results of that decision. Under guidance issued by the IRS, administrators of qualified retirement plans must recognize the same-sex spouses of legally married participants as of June 26, 2013, but are not required to amend their plans to retroactively recognize participants’ legal same-sex marriages before that date.The Supreme Court, in Windsor, 133 S.

9. Regulations provide guidance for small-employer premium tax credit   WebExclusive

BY Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
The IRS issued final regulations on the Sec. 45R credit for small employers that offer health insurance coverage for employees (T.D. 9672). The regulations provide guidance on how to determine full-time-equivalent employees (FTEs) and average annual wages, how to calculate the credit, and what is a “qualifying arrangement” for purposes of the credit.

10. New rules allow one-month orientation period before 90-day health plan waiting period begins   WebExclusive

BY Sally P. Schreiber, J.D.
The IRS, the Labor Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly issued final regulations (REG-122706-12) governing the maximum length of time an employee orientation period can last consistent with the 90-day waiting period under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, which prohibits employers from requiring new employees to wait more than 90 days before they are eligible for health insurance coverage.
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