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PBGC Announces 2022 Inflation Adjustments for Civil Penalties

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has published in the Federal Register inflation-adjusted penalty amounts for failure to provide certain notices or other material information and for failure to provide certain multiemployer notices.

January 21 2022
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IRS Issues Deadline Relief for Tennessee Storm Victims

The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for victims of severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes in Tennessee. The tax relief postpones various tax filing deadlines that began December 10, 2021. Affected individuals and households who reside or have a business in Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Stewart, Sumner, Weakley, and Wilson counties, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines, qualify for relief.

January 21 2022
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IRS Provides Guidance Regarding Substantially Equal Periodic Payments from Qualified Retirement Plans

The IRS has issued Notice 2022-06, providing guidance on whether periodic payments from an individual account under a qualified retirement plan are considered a series of substantially equal periodic payments (SEPPs). Notice 2022-6 modifies and supersedes Revenue Ruling 2002-62.

January 20 2022
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IRS Announces Applicable Federal Rates for February 2022

January 19, 2022 – The IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2022-3, which contains the applicable federal rates (AFR) for February 2022. These rates are used for such purposes as calculating distributions from retirement savings arrangements that meet the requirements for substantially equal periodic payments (a 10 percent early distribution penalty tax exception), also referred to as "72(t) payments."

January 20 2022
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Washington Pulse: New Retirement Payment Withholding Procedure is (Finally) Final

The IRS released a new withholding form on January 4, 2022: Form W-4R, Withholding Certificate for Nonperiodic Payments and Eligible Rollover Distributions. The IRS also issued a revised Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments. As a result, payers and individuals will have a new process for calculating and electing federal income tax withholding on retirement distributions. Although the IRS will not require payers to use the new and revised forms until January 1, 2023, payers may start using them in 2022.

January 19 2022
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IRS Releases Draft Publication 15-A

The IRS released a draft of the 2022 Publication 15-A, Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide (Supplement to Pub. 15, Employer’s Tax Guide). This publication, as a supplement to Publication 15, contains specialized and detailed employment tax information supplementing the basic information provided in Publication 15, including information for pensions and annuities.

January 18 2022
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DOL Announces 2022 Inflation Adjustments for Civil Penalties

The Department of Labor has published in the Federal Register several inflation-adjusted penalty amounts for certain failures associated with qualified retirement plans.

January 18 2022
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IRS Issues Deadline Relief for Washington Flooding and Mudslide Victims

The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for victims of flooding and mudslides in Washington. The tax relief postpones various tax filing deadlines that began November 13, 2021. Affected individuals and households who reside or have a business in Clallam, Skagit, and Whatcom counties, and the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, and Quileute Tribe, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines, qualify for relief.

January 12 2022
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EBSA Addresses COVID-19 Testing and Preventive Service Coverage Questions

On January 10, 2022, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, issued a new set of FAQs. This latest set of FAQs address questions relating to COVID-19 testing and diagnosis that must be covered by group health plans and health insurance issuers without cost sharing pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FAQs require group health plans (GHPs) and health insurance issuers (issuers) to reimburse a participant or direct pay a provider for the cost of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests beginning January 15, 2022. The FAQs also provide the following information.

January 11 2022
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April 18 is IRS Tax Filing Deadline for Most Filers

The IRS has announced that tax filing season will begin on January 24, 2022. The filing deadline for 2021 tax returns or requests for extension is April 18, 2022, for most taxpayers because of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. For taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts, the deadline to file is April 19, 2022, because of Patriots’ Day. Taxpayers who request an extension will have until October 17, 2022, to file their 2021 returns.

January 11 2022