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Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Additional Guidance on Premium Assistance for COBRA Benefits
The IRS has issued Notice 2021-46, which provides additional guidance affecting the application of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on COBRA continuation coverage. The notice primarily focuses on state mini-COBRA provisions and the premium subsidy credit as follows.
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Provides FAQs for Lifetime Income Illustrations
The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided FAQs addressing questions about the timing of implementation of pension benefit statement lifetime income illustrations under the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The SECURE Act requires plan sponsors of ERISA-covered plans to disclose annually a projection of a lifetime income stream that could be generated by a participant’s total accrued benefit. Implementation is to be effective for benefit statements provided more than 12 months after the DOL issued guidance.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Releases Updated EPCRS Guidance
The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2021-30, which contains long-awaited guidance updating the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). Plan sponsors use EPCRS to correct certain plan qualification failures. EPCRS is composed of the Self-Correction Program (SCP), the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) and the Audit Closing Agreement Program (Audit CAP), and there are several noteworthy changes.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Michigan Storm Victims
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for Michigan victims of severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting June 25. Individuals and households that were affected and reside in the Washtenaw and Wayne counties, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area needed to meet covered deadlines qualify for relief.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Proposes Electronic Filing Requirements for Certain Information Returns
The IRS has released a pre-publication version of proposed regulations amending rules intended to increase the filing of electronic returns in accordance with the Taxpayer First Act of 2019. Additionally, the IRS has withdrawn previously proposed regulations regarding electronic filing that were published on May 31, 2018.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Again Extends Temporary Relief from Physical Presence Requirement for Retirement Plan Consents
The IRS issued Notice 2021-40, extending guidance released under Notice 2020-42 and previously extended by Notice 2021-03, which provided temporary relief from the physical presence requirements for certain elections that are made by participants and beneficiaries in qualified retirement plans and other tax-favored retirement arrangements. The additional extension provides relief through June 30, 2022. This includes signatures of those making an election ordinarily needing to be witnessed in the physical presence of a plan representative or notary public, including spousal consent and certain forms of distribution from retirement plans.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSeveral Health Savings Bills Proposed
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced two bills aimed at providing more flexibility for the use of health savings accounts (HSAs). Senate bill 2113 proposes to expand permissible distributions from an employee’s health flexible spending arrangement or health reimbursement arrangement to the employee’s HSA. Senate bill 2099 proposes to make HSAs more broadly available by removing the requirement that individuals be enrolled in a high deductible health plan. Further details of these proposals have not yet been made available.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSupreme Court Leaves Affordable Care Act In Place
On June 17, 2021, the United States Supreme Court held that the plaintiffs did not have standing to pursue an action under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) because the individual mandate is unenforceable and, as such, “unenforceable language is insufficient to establish standing.” Regarding the states, the Supreme Court held that the "pocketbook injuries" cannot be traced to the government’s unlawful conduct. The Supreme Court failed to consider whether reducing the penalty to zero rendered the individual mandate unconstitutional and, in turn, if the individual mandate is unconstitutional, whether the individual mandate is severable from the remainder of the PPACA.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Final Regulations for Mandatory Deadline Postponements Related to Federally Declared Disasters
The IRS has released final regulations regarding the mandatory 60-day postponement of deadlines for certain time-sensitive, tax-related acts in circumstances of federally declared disasters, implemented under the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Louisiana Storm Victims
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for Louisiana victims of severe storms and flooding. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting May 17. The areas included in the relief are Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Lafayette parishes.