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Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Delays Effective Date for Independent Contractor Final Regulations
Consistent with a directive by President Biden in a January 20, 2021-issued memorandum entitled, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has finalized its proposal to delay until May 7, 2021, the effective date of final regulations on independent contractor status. The regulations were published January 7, 2021, in the Federal Register. Their intended purpose as described by the DOL was to clarify distinctions between employee and independent contractor status in employment situations.
Industry & Regulatory NewsRetirement Spotlight: IRS Regulations Address Tax on Unrelated Businesses in Plans
The IRS has released final regulations on computing unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) for a tax-exempt organization. This guidance may affect only a relatively small portion of tax-exempt retirement plans. For those plans that invest in certain types of assets, however, knowing the rules will be important. As explained later, these final regulations may help simplify administration and reporting requirements for what are usually considered to be more complex investments.
Industry & Regulatory NewsGuidance Issued for Group Health Plans Regarding Coverage of COVID-19 Services
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the Departments) have issued "FAQs About Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation Part 44" (the FAQs).
Industry & Regulatory NewsHouse Passes COVID-19 Relief Bill
The House of Representatives has passed by a vote of 219-212 the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19. Noteworthy retirement and health provisions include the following.
Industry & Regulatory NewsCOVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Continued for Limited Time
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has released Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 providing guidance on the duration of COVID-19-related relief previously provided by Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01 and the Notice of Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak (Joint Notice) issued in 2020 by the DOL, Treasury Department, and the IRS (collectively the "Notices").
Industry & Regulatory NewsNew Withholding Form to Be Used for 2022
The IRS has made available a 2022 tax year draft Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Periodic Pension or Annuity Payments, and indicates that the form will be split into two forms. Form W-4P will continue to be used, but only to withhold federal income tax from periodic retirement plan and IRA payments. Periodic payments are installment payments at regular intervals generally over a period of more than one year.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Texas Victims of Winter Storms
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for Texas winter storm victims. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on February 11. The entire state of Texas is included in this relief. Additionally, taxpayers in other locations will automatically be added to this relief if the disaster area is further expanded.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Details Additional Temporary Guidance for Cafeteria Plans
The IRS has issued Notice 2021-15, providing additional guidance and flexibility to employee benefit plans offering health FSA and dependent care arrangements. Because of COVID-19, employees participating in these programs are more likely to have unused amounts in these accounts as a result of changes in anticipated expenses during the pandemic. To qualify as a cafeteria plan under IRC Section 125, funds remaining at the end of the plan year generally cannot be carried over to future plan years, and restrictions apply when modifying elections after the start of the plan year.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Confirms Late Mailing of Notices for 2019 Forms 5500 Series Extension Approvals
The IRS has announced in an Employee Plans News bulletin that processing requests for an extension of time to file 2019 Forms 5500 series returns were delayed in 2020, resulting in delayed mailing of Notice CP 216F.
Industry & Regulatory NewsRetirement Spotlight: Missing Participants - Prevention is the Best Cure
When employers start a retirement plan, they may ask who should be eligible to participate, what kind of contributions should be made, and how and when can employees access their account balances? Unfortunately, many employers don’t consider how to handle missing participants’ account balances—or more importantly—how to prevent losing track of participants in the first place.