Employee Benefits


The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2005-86, which clarifies that an individual participating in a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) is ineligible to contribute to a health savings account (HSA) during an FSA grace period, which extends the covered expense eligibility time frame up to 2 months into the following plan year ( www.treas.gov/press/releases/js3022.htm ). The notice also provides guidance on how employers can amend an FSA to eliminate the restriction on HSA contributions.

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Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

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Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.