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April 11, 2013

San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance

Under the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, covered employers in San Francisco are required to contribute to the health care costs of its covered employees.  A covered employee is an employee who has been employed for more than 90 days and regularly works at least 8 hours per week in San Francisco.

April 11, 2013

Divorce? Legal Separation? A COBRA Conundrum

Recently, the Alabama Court of Appeals rendered an opinion in Leverett v. Leverett, 2013 WL 1165375 (Ala. App. 2013), that offers a good opportunity to review COBRA compliance.  In this case, the Leveretts entered into a divorce. Upon notification of the divorce, the health plan issued a COBRA notice.  The Leveretts then tried to reclassify their status as legal separation in order to avoid loss of health coverage.

April 11, 2013

The New Form I-9

For several years now, employers have been obligated to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals.  The Form I-9 is a document used for this purpose. 

April 9, 2013

IRS Updates LB&I Directive on Repair Regulations (article)

The IRS Large Business & International Division (LB&I) has updated its 2012 directive that generally instructs employees to discontinue audits of costs to maintain, replace or improve tangible property. 

April 2, 2013

New York Click-Through Nexus Provision is Constitutional on Its Face (article)

Taxpayer appellants Amazon.com and Overstock.com, both online retailers who sell their products solely through the Internet, failed to demonstrate that a statutory provision that requires out-of-state Internet retailers with no physical presence in New York to collect New York sales and use taxes is facially unconstitutional under either the Commerce Clause or the Due Process Clause. 

March 26, 2013

Looming Shared Responsibility Penalty Magnifies Worker Classification Issues (article)

Whether a worker is classified as an employee or as an independent contractor makes a big difference for Federal income and employment tax purposes. 

March 26, 2013

The Importance of Being Earnest about Fiduciary Accounting Income (article)

The waning days of 2012 saw an unprecedented amount of gifting. Accountants and attorneys scurried to calculate remaining gift tax exclusions for last-minute gifters, craft estate plans to accomplish donors' wealth transfer goals, and draft trust instruments before the dawn of 2013.

March 21, 2013

IRS to Examine Governance Practices of Not-for-Profit Organizations in 2013 (article)

In an effort to better understand the link between good governance and tax compliance, the IRS this year intends to study the governance practices, compensation reporting, and charitable spending habits of a sample of 200 section 501(c)(3) organizations and 200 section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations.

March 19, 2013

IRS Extends WOTC Application Deadline Until April 29 (article)

Prior to the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act ("ATRA"), the Work Opportunity Tax Credit ("WOTC") had expired as of December 31, 2011 for most targeted groups and as of December 31, 2012 for qualified veterans. 

March 12, 2013

HRB 69 - Implementation Guidance and Applicability of ACA to Expatriate Group Health Coverage

March 12, 2013 -- In recent days, the governing agencies charged with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have issued a veritable flood of guidance.  These final rules and accompanying Fact Sheet, provide guidance, primarily directed at insurers, who will be offering health insurance products both in and outside the exchange/marketplace. Some of the guidance, though, has import for employers and is summarized as follows:
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