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August 13, 2013
IRS Modifies Guidance for Deferring Income on Gift Card Sales to Reflect Evolving Use (article)
August 8, 2013
Obesity Deemed a Disease, says the AMA
In June, during its annual House of Delegates meeting, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing obesity as “a disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention”. What implications this may have for the administration of employee benefit plans and employment practices, if any, will surely evolve over the months and years to come.
Comparative Investment Chart for Retirement Plan Participants: A One-time Opportunity Looms
Last year, the Department of Labor’s rules requiring fee disclosures to qualified retirement plan participants went into effect (for background information about these disclosure requirements, please refer to the December 2011, July 2012, and August 2012 editions of At Issue). These rules are intended to provide plan participants with regular information about fees that are assessed against their investments.
Repeal of Massachusetts Fair Share Contribution Requirement and Employer HIRD Reporting
On July 12, 2013, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a law (H3538) that repeals the so-called fair shared contribution requirement. As background, the Commonwealth enacted a universal health care coverage law in 2006. This law provides for an individual mandate, as well as four employer mandates including the fair share contribution requirement, a health insurance disclosure obligation, the maintenance of a Section 125 cafeteria plan, and a free rider surcharge.
July 29, 2013
North Carolina Enacts Major Tax Reform Legislation (article)
July 27, 2013
Trends in Healthcare Medical Group Practice – Bigger Can Be Better and Smarter (article)
Unclaimed Property: Giving "The First State" a Second Look (article)
July 25, 2013
IRS' Latest Compliance Check Program Targets 457(b) Plans (article)
July 22, 2013
Florida Creates Sales Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Equipment (article)
July 16, 2013
IRS Announces Six-Month Extension to Start of FATCA Withholding Requirements