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Proposed Changes to Section 409A are Welcome (for the Most Part)

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) in an effort to clarify and modify parts of the current final regulations (issued in 2007) and proposed income inclusion regulations. For the most part, the proposed regulations are consistent with how most practitioners have been interpreting … Continue Reading

Equity and “Phantom” Equity Based Compensation for LLCs

Due to the popularity of limited liability companies (LLCs) as a form of business entity, we have been approached lately more than ever to structure equity and “phantom” equity based compensation for LLC businesses, including private equity firms and other businesses that embrace an employee ownership culture. Phrases such as “restricted stock”, “stock options” and … Continue Reading

Employers – Review Your Controlled Group to Assure ACA and Retirement Plan Compliance

Beginning in 2015, certain employers that fail to offer affordable health insurance that provides minimum value to their full-time employees and their dependents may incur substantial Employer Shared Responsibility penalties under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  We previously wrote about the importance of properly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors to assure ACA compliance.  … Continue Reading

IRS Commences IRC Section 409A Audits

The IRS has commenced a compliance initiative project (“CIP”) aimed at nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“409A”). Although the project scope is limited, employers with arrangements that may be subject to 409A should take this regulatory action as a prompting to review their arrangements and make any … Continue Reading

IRS Clarifies Rules on Section 83

On May 29th, the IRS issued proposed regulations relating to property transferred in connection with the performance of services under Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code. http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-12855_PI.pdf . Most employers are familiar with these rules in the context of the taxation of restricted stock grants and option grants. Under Section 83, property transferred as com … Continue Reading

IRS Issues Revenue Ruling 2010-27 on Unforseeable Emergency Distributions from Section 457(b) Plans

The IRS, on December 17, 2010, issued Revenue Ruling 2010-17, which sets forth examples of certain expenses that may be eligible for an unforeseeable emergency distribution from an IRC Section 457(b) deferred compensation plan. Section 457(b) plans generally may permit hardship distributions for unforeseeable emergencies if certain requirements are met. The ruling concludes that residential … Continue Reading

New Rules on Making Deferred Compensation Subject to Signing a Release

IRS Notice 2010-6 previously provided guidance concerning how to make payment of nonqualified deferred compensation that is subject to the signing of a release complaint with Section 409A.  Essentially, it provides that a plan may not allow an employee to delay or accelerate the timing of a payment as a result of the employee’s actions … Continue Reading

IRS Section 409A Audits Get Underway

Last year, the IRS began auditing deferred compensation plans and arrangements under IRC Section 409A, which imposes restrictions on both the terms and the operation of such plans unless an exemption applies. This program began in 2009,  the first year that plan documents had to comply with  Section 409A  in writing (beginning in 2006, plans had to comply … Continue Reading
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