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November 5, 2007
Medicare Part D Notice: Don't Forget!
PPA Notices Re-visited
Qualified Default Investment Alternatives
Delay of 409A Implementation
The IRS recently issued Notice 2007-86, which extends thedeadline for compliance with 409A rules until December 31, 2008.
2008 Cost of Living Adjustments
2008 Retirement Plan COLAs
October 9, 2007
Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2008
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released the Medicare premium and deductible amounts for 2008.
409A Documentation Limited Relief
409A is a tax code regulating nonqualified deferred compensation. It was enacted in October 2004, and the time for compliance is upon us. Generally, nonqualified deferred compensation plans must comply with the 409A rules beginning January 1, 2008, or risk substantial penalties, both to participant and employer.
Health Care Reform and the 2008 Presidential Campaign
As the Presidential campaign begins to heat up, the candidates are sharpening their pencils in designing health care reform proposals. While it is far too early to surmise how these proposals might be sculpted, there are a couple nonpartisan websites that are following the candidate’s proposals, such as Kaiser Family Foundation’s health08.org and its list of resources, as well as the New York Times.
Time Now for New Massachusetts Filings by Employers
The Massachusetts health care reform law passed last year requires employers who employ 11 or more full-time equivalent employees in the Commonwealth to accomplish certain filings between October 1st and November 15th of each year. The first filing period is upon us.
September 11, 2007
Dependent Child Conundrum
In the very recent past, and particularly in 2007, many State Legislatures have found it to be in their collective wisdom to amend State insurance laws as they relate to the definition of dependent child. In large part, the definition of dependent child, for health insurance purposes only, has been expanded. It appears that States are attempting to narrow the gap of their uninsured population. Young people, particularly those recently out of school, are a significant portion of the uninsured population. The theory goes that allowing these children to stay on their parents’ plan for longer period of time will reduce the uninsured population.
August 7, 2007
403(b) Plans: ERISA Exemption?
One of the questions that has been nagging tax-exempt organizations is how to preserve a plan’s exemption from ERISA. Generally, not-for profit organizations sponsoring 403(b) plans are subject to ERISA, unless the plan is fully funded with employee money, and as long as certain other conditions are met. With the issuance of the new 403(b) regulations, a question has arisen about how an employer can make an employee-funded plan available that would be exempt from ERISA? The day after the final 403(b) regulations were issued, the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration came out with Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2007-02 to give direction on this question.