Industry & Regulatory NewsHouse Bill Would Extend, Expand Tax Benefits for CRDs
Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 7645, legislation that would extend the time period for taxpayers to withdraw coronavirus-related distributions (CRDs) from retirement savings arrangements and receive the special tax benefits that CRDs provide. Certain withdrawals could be tax-free under the legislation.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Tennessee Storm Victims
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of tax-related deadlines for Tennessee victims of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting March 25. Affected taxpayers with a covered deadline on or after March 25, 2021, and before August 2, 2021, will have until August 2, 2021, to complete certain time-sensitive, tax-related acts. This includes the May 17 deadline for filing 2020 individual income tax returns and paying any tax due. Taxpayers also have until August 2 to make 2020 IRA contributions.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Provides 2022 Amounts for HSAs and HRAs
IRS Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2021-25 provides the 2022 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) and the maximum amount that may be made newly available for expected benefit health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Notice Addresses Taxation of Dependent Care Benefits
On May 10, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-26, which addresses the taxation of dependent care benefits available during taxable years ending in 2021 or 2022 because of a carryover or extended claims period enacted under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). This notice clarifies that amounts that would have been excluded in the prior tax year remain excludable from income in the subsequent tax year. In particular, Notice 2021-26 provides three examples to illustrate when amounts carried over or available under an extended claims period are excludable from income, as follows.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Guidance Affects Employment Taxes and COBRA Premium Subsidy
The IRS issued Notice 2021-24, which provides guidance following the passage of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA). The Notice provides information regarding the applicable penalty relief available to an employer under the ARPA for failing to pay employment taxes in anticipation of a credit for COBRA premium assistance paid to assistance-eligible individuals.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSecuring a Strong Retirement Act Re-Introduced
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) have introduced the Securing a Strong Retirement Act (SSRA) of 2021, legislation that was first introduced in October 2020. It builds upon the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE) Act of 2019. The House Ways and Means Committee held a markup hearing Wednesday, May 5, and unanimously voted to advance this legislation to the full House of Representatives to vote on the measure.
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule
The Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division is withdrawing the independent contractor rule that was scheduled to take effect on May 7, 2021. The rule had previously been delayed from its original effective date of March 7, 2021. The withdrawal of the rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register May 6, 2021.
News ReleasesFuturePlan by Ascensus Appoints Mark Wiggins as Divisional Vice President for the Southeast and Southwest Regions
Expert Consultant and Leader Will Expand Industry Partnerships, Strengthen Client Support in Southeast and Southwest Regions
FuturePlan by Ascensus—a leading national retirement third-party administrator (TPA) that specializes in the delivery of customized retirement plan consulting and administration services—is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Wiggins as divisional vice president (DVP) for the Southeast and Southwest regions, which are key growth areas for the FuturePlan organization. He will report to Kasey Price, FuturePlan's head of sales.
News ReleasesAscensus Debuts AI-Driven Virtual Coach for Personalized Financial Wellness
Partnership with Financial Finesse Delivers Tailored Guidance to Employees
Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—has enhanced its financial wellness offering to include Financial Finesse’s AimeeTM: Artificial Intelligence Motivating Employees Everywhere.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Alabama Victims of Severe Storms and Tornadoes
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for Alabama victims of severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on March 25. The areas included in the relief are Bibb, Calhoun, Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, and Shelby counties.